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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

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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

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

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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.

Alabama Education Meetings on the Farm Bill Coming Up

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Alabama is planning some meetings on the educational section of the new Farm Bill. The Alabama Extension Service is teaming up with USDA and the Alabama Farmers Federation to have these meetings. Tyron Spearman tells us about the meetings, times and locations.


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Say Thanks…to a Farmer

happy-thanksgiving-cardEverett Griner talks about what we have to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Giving Thanks for Ranchers Farmers and Growers

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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 giving thanks for Ranchers, Farmers and Growers.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Tough Year

farm incomeEverett Griner talks about the net farm income being down this year in today’s Agri View.


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Easy Pickin’s

agricultural vehiclesEverett Griner talks about farm theft on the rise nationwide in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton and Peanut Forecasts

AgNet This Week

 Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Record Year for Agriculture Exports

The final numbers for agriculture exports in 2014 confirmed a record setting value.


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Challenging FFA to Lead the Next Generation of Farmers

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

During the recent National FFA Convention, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged FFA members to be among those driving agriculture in the future.


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Florida Orchid Producer Thrilled With New “PMA Fresh Summit” Floral Focus

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Lucio

In this follow up to the recent “PMA Fresh Summit 2014” in Anaheim, California, we feature Marcella Lucio, V. P. of Marketing and Sales for Silver Vase Orchids and Bromeliads in Homestead, Florida. With a beautiful display of her products in the Produce Marketing Association’s “Fresh Summit” this year, Lucio says it has become a great event for fresh flower and floral producers nowadays too, right along with the produce marketers who have grown the event into one of, if not the largest show of its kind in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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