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FFA and Ag Education Furthering Careers

ffa-logoIn regard to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and ag education in general, they are pivotal in their relationship to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization executive secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Acreage Down; Peanut Acreage Up

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes two USDA reports that show certain field crop acreage going in opposite directions: Cotton acreage is down 18 percent while peanut acreage is up the same percentage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

National FFA Organization Looks at Mission and Vision

ffa-logoNot only across the Southeast, but across the nation, FFA students continue to be involved in more and more areas. As a matter of fact, Josh Bledsoe, chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization, says this is why the organization recently updated its strategic plan to help with the growth of FFA.


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University of Florida/IFAS Invasives Research Facility Likely to Close

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — A valuable UF/IFAS program that helps save the state millions of dollars annually in controlling invasive plants and insects will likely close after a veto by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

An approved increase by the Legislature of $180,000 was denied, and the facility also lost all funding. The state-of-the-art lab Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Limiting Farm Entities; Weather and Bird Flu

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on opposition to a proposal that would limit the number of entities on a farming operation as well as news on how warm weather is affecting avian influenza. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Pretty Farming

Red roses
Everett Griner talks about flower farming adding up in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Packages Disaster Protection with Loans to Benefit Specialty Crop and Diversified Producers

From the USDA’s Farm Service Agency office in Florida:

usda-logo(GAINESVILLE, FL) – May 28, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that producers who apply for FSA farm loans also will be offered the opportunity to enroll in new disaster loss protections created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The new coverage, available from Read the rest of this entry »

Bees-part 2

bees working in the honey production
The second part of the series on bees, Cathy Isom tells us of the new program helping the Sunshine State’s bee colonies thrive.


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Bees-part 1

bee pollination of an orange tree flower
In this the first of a two party series Cathy Isom looks into what’s causing major declines in honeybee populations and who is offering help.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on an upcoming important deadline for producers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Happy Holiday

Christmas tree farm
Everett Griner talks about Christmas tree farming being year round in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: “Don’t Pack a Pest” Campaign

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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 the “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign, which urges visitors to help prevent unwanted pests and disease from entering Florida.


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To learn more click, Don’t Pack a Pest.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

UF/IFAS Researchers Bombard Plant-killing Fungus with Silver Nanoparticles

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Deep in the soil, underneath more than 400 plant and tree species, lurks a lethal fungus threatening Florida’s $15 billion a year ornamental horticulture industry.

But University of Florida plant pathologist G. Shad Ali has found an economical and eco-friendly way to combat the plant destroyer known Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza Update; Conservation Compliance

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes U.S. Department of Agriculture information, including an update on avian influenza and a reminder on the deadline for Conservation Compliance Provisions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Introduction of Legislation to Support Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

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Tom Vilsack

“U.S. agriculture applauds the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation today. We look for quick action by Congress to provide the President with the authority to pursue agreements that open markets for America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusiness. Over 70 organizations representing America’s farmers and ranchers support trade promotion authority because trade is vital for U.S. agriculture. Last year, agricultural exports totaled more than $150 billion and for many of our products, foreign markets represent half or more of total sales. Those exports Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman Conaway Supports Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Death Tax

By a vote of 240 to 179, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, authored by fellow Texan Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). Read the rest of this entry »

Strong Citrus Program Planned for FSHS Annual Meeting

The Florida State Horticulture Society (FSHS) annual meeting will take place May 31-June 2 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine. The citrus section of the program will include 25 presentations. See the list of citrus abstracts and get more information on the event.

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, April 21

fl-ag-day-2015From Florida Agriculture in the Classroom:

GAINESVILLE – The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.
The book, the title of which is ‘Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry,’ features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Planting Intentions; FSA Deadlines Extended

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Planting Intentions Report and information concerning an extension to some important deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Discussing Big Data for Agriculture

Picture courtesy of AgWired

Picture courtesy of AgWired

A panel discussion was held during a breakfast last week by the National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Day in Washington D.C. According to a story from AgWired, topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, and research were discussed. One of the participants was Matt Erickson, chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, who talked about Big Data and agriculture.


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Precautions in Growing and Eating Flowers

herb salad with nasturtium flowers

herb salad with nasturtium flowers


While they may be healthy to eat – flowers also come with their own warning labels. Cathy Isom finishes up her series on edible flowers by filling us in on what experts say you need to know before you grow.


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Edible Flowers as Part of Your Plate

Dandelion Preserves

Dandelion Preserves


There are several flower species that are not only edible but also delicious, and that can be prepared and used in many ways. Cathy Isom talks about some of these in the first of her two part series on edible flowers.


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USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Florida to Receive $7.3 Million to Combat Agricultural Pests, Diseases

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state will receive $7.3 million in federal funding through the federal Farm Bill to help eradicate pests and control diseases that affect the state’s $120 billion agriculture industry.

“From citrus greening to giant African land snails and many others, pests and diseases are major threats to Florida agriculture,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “This funding will help prevent the spread of pests and diseases throughout the state and help Read the rest of this entry »

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

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Tom Vilsack

“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

USDAToday is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.


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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.

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