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Florida Legislative Days Event in Tallahassee

John Hoblick

John Hoblick

Florida Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Legislative Days today and tomorrow (March 17 and 18) in Tallahassee. The Legislative Briefing Dinner will be this evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, with a full day of events planned for Wednesday. FFBF President John Hoblick hopes folks will join them for the annual event.


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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

ag-day-web-banner-2015This Wednesday, March 18 will be National Agriculture Day, spotlighting American agriculture and serving as a reminder that agriculture is part of us all.


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For more information go to www.agday.org.

HM.CLAUSE Seed Co. and Parent Limagrain Executives in Gainesville to Announce Support for UF’s ‘Challenge 2050 Project’

At the press conference, UF/IFAS Sr VP for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne (center), is flanked by Limagrain CEO Daniel Cheron (left), and HM.CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston.

At the press conference, UF/IFAS Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne (center), is flanked by Limagrain CEO Daniel Cheron (left), and HM.CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston.

University of Florida (UF) leaders are hosting executives from a global seed company in Gainesville this week for a big announcement. When you consider Limagrain is the world’s fourth largest seed company overall, and its HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seed business unit is number two in vegetable seeds, it’s a pretty big deal that the entire board of directors and executive team are in town to be a part of it. UF/IFAS Press ConferenceIn addition to touring UF’s ag research facilities this week, they are here to formally announce a unique investment and support program for the “Challenge 2050 Project” at UF/IFAS. If you’re a Florida farmer, you’ll want to Hear the informative report, and more.

Producing and Licensing New UF/IFAS Plant Varieties

Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns

Producing and Licensing New Plant Varieties Developed by UF/IFAS Plant Breeders

By Jackie Burns,
UF/IFAS dean for research and director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

For more than a century, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) plant breeders have released new plant varieties with superior traits such as improved disease resistance, greater yields and better flavor. The varieties developed by UF/IFAS have had tremendous economic benefit to the state of Florida and its agricultural producers. Read the rest of this entry »

Secretary Vilsack and Former Agriculture Secretaries Veneman and Glickman Announce Bipartisan Efforts to Expand Trade

Bipartisan Group Urging Passage of Trade Legislation Critical to Agriculture Economy

Glickman

Glickman

Veneman

Veneman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Ann Veneman (George W. Bush Administration) and Dan Glickman (Clinton Administration) today announced new bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. The secretaries discussed the importance of new trade partnerships that will help to expand American exports, increase wages, and help American businesses, including farms and other agriculture businesses, grow and create jobs across the country.

The past six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion since 2009. USDA strives to create new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers so that they can sustain and grow their businesses and, in turn, foster economic growth in rural communities and create new jobs. Increased trade and exports will build on this success.


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University of Florida OKs 3 New Blueberry Cultivars, 3 New Coleus Cultivars

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three new cultivars each of blueberry and coleus have been approved for release by a University of Florida panel.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cultivar Release Committee approved Read the rest of this entry »

Students Use National FFA Week to Share Importance of Agriculture

From the National FFA Organization:

ffa-logoINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.

It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about Read the rest of this entry »

AgMIP Experts Coming to Florida

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

In recent years, computer technology has begun to help agricultural producers solve dilemmas as old as farming itself. And next week, agricultural systems modeling experts with the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, otherwise known as AgMIP, will be on the University of Florida campus to discuss their latest findings. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne says this is a great story.


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Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plan

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »

Profitability?

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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Bee Aware

Varroa Mite

Varroa Mite

Everett Griner talks about CCD not the only bee problem in today’s Agri View.


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UF/IFAS Challenge 2050 Students Networked at Tampa International Seed Convention

By Kimberly Moore Wilmoth
Source: Sierra Scott

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nearly 20 students from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were treated to an all-expense paid trip to the 54th annual American Seed Trade Association’s 54th annual Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference show in Tampa this week.

Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative group specializing in field and vegetable seeds, and Learn more about the conference.

Seed Company Exec Compliments Univ of Florida Student Program

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Johnston

Johnston

Visiting with AgNet’s Gary Cooper at this week’s American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Tampa, HM CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston offers a few comments about the continued growth and advancement of this specialty vegetable seeds company, and comments at length about a unique student program at the University of Florida that helps prepare students to get involved with the industry’s challenge to feed a hungry world in the future.


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ASTA Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference Underway in Tampa

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It’s the annual gathering of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), where key players in the global vegetable and flower seed industries come together to do business and keep up with the issues driving the industry. AgNet’s Gary Cooper reports from the scene as once again ASTA meeting attendees are learning how critical consumer food interests are to what goes on at the farm.


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Putnam: ‘Think Big, Act Boldly’ on Water, Land

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 22, 2015………. Florida lawmakers, who received a directive from voters in November to increase spending to protect water sources and sensitive lands, were told to “think big and act boldly” by the state agriculture commissioner on Thursday.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told members of the House State Affairs Committee that any approach to addressing Florida’s water needs should first focus on restoring natural springs and Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Farm Bureau Leader Offers Support for Commissioner Putnam’s Water Policy Statement

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John L. Hoblick expressed his appreciation for the general state water policy outlined today by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam before the House Committee on State Affairs in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Presents Recommendations for Water Policy to House State Affairs Committee

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam presented recommendations on comprehensive water policy for Florida to the House State Affairs Committee today.

Excerpts of his testimony are below:

“Water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida, regardless of what part of the state you are from. … Every corner of the state for various reasons is in some form of conflict. This will be hard. This will be Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Producer Elected to AFBF Position

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, the new chairman of the Young Farmer and Rancher committee took his position. And that person is Jon Hegeman from White Plains, Alabama.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Another Four Years as Commissioner

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about his second term and what to expect the next four years.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Hired Hands

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant farmworker complaints continuing in today’s Agri View.


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Vilsack on Busy Year for USDA

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Tom Vilsack

2014 has been a very busy year for many staff members at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told Southeast AgNet one big reason why is we did get a new farm bill this year.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Dairy Deadline; Specialty Crop Protection

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder on Friday’s dairy program deadline and information on increased protection for specialty crop growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

USDA Conducting Census of Horticulture

usda-logoUSDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.

Migrants

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant labor helping America grow in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Encourages Rural Americans to Get Health Insurance

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.


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More information is available at healthcare.gov.

Food Scammers

12-20-farmers-marketEverett Griner talks about imposters invading Farmer’s Markets in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4.5 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be awarded to nonprofits, producers, academic institutions, government agencies and others to fund projects that will enhance the Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review November 28

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.

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