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Farmland Movie Helps Explain Agriculture

farmland-movie-picThe movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture to those who have no idea what all it involves. Cindy Zimmerman has more on what some of the elements have been in this project.

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FFA Sees Big Membership Increase

ffa-logoThe National FFA Organization has announced their membership has seen a big increase from last year.

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Keep Fighting

chemical test tubes with plantsEverett Griner talks about how a chemical ban would destroy farming in today’s Agri View.

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Florida DEP Surpasses Goal to Sell $40 Million in Land Sales to Benefit Conservation

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!

Fight Against Giant Land Snails Continues

From: News Service of Florida

Giant African land snail

Giant African land snail

news service florida logoThough more than 141,000 Giant African Land Snails have been eliminated in Florida during the past three years, a new infestation of 2,000 of the destructive snails has been found in Miami-Dade County, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Tuesday. He called on Miami-Dade residents to help in the effort to eradicate the snails, which are originally from east Africa and pose threats to parts of the agriculture industry and human health. “This new find of Read the rest of this entry »

Escambia County 4-H Club Celebrates its Centennial as Oldest Continuous Club in Florida

From the University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Barrineau Park 4-H Club.

A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. Read the rest of this entry »

Water Requirements

Water drop from green leafEverett Griner talks about how water requirements vary widely in today’s Agri View.

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Commissioner Putnam Launches “Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy”

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Bradenton, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the launch of an innovative mapping technology to more precisely assess communities in need across Florida.

“Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” uses Geographic Information Systems, or GIS technology, to view data from the statewide view down to the street level and is the first time that a Read the rest of this entry »

Dolcini to Serve as New Farm Service Agency Administrator

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini, who has been the California FSA state executive director for the past 5 years, has been selected to serve as USDA’s new Farm Service Agency Administrator in Washington D.C.

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Farm Exports

Large container ship in a dockEverett Griner talks about expanding farm exports in today’s Agri View.

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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

usda-postage-stampsFour postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!

Agri View: CCC Update

beeEverett Griner talks about the new update on Colony Collapse Disorder not encouraging in today’s Agri View.

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Wondering about Propane Prices This Winter

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky-high prices. And with fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.

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USDA Continues to Seek Input for 2017 Census of Ag

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.

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To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit

Florida Extension Agents Attending Annual Conference

uf-ifas-logoAll this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.

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More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.

Florida NRCS Getting Conservation Education to Schools

USDAAs students begin another school year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is once again providing a variety of educational tools for teachers and students about conservation.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Ag Exports Increased


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how Florida achieved 4.1 billion dollars in international agricultural trade.

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

Meet Sammy Soil

nrcs-sammy-soilWith back to school time here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants children across the state to know about Sammy Soil, a soil conservation icon for NRCS. Sammy, who has managed to capture the public’s attention for more than 40 years, started as a cartoon and now serves as a mascot for the agency. To learn more about Sammy click here.

Southerland and Putnam Discuss EPA Regulations

fl-wotus-press-conf-08-18-1U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference today from Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight his Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). Southerland was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other Florida stakeholders to highlight bipartisan efforts to stop the EPA and Army Corps from expanding its regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America. Afterwards, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with both of them to Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Have a Chance to Direct $3.3 Million to Nonprofits

Farmers across the Southeast are being asked to take part in America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.

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Florida Remembers Hurricane Charley on 10th Anniversary

From the Florida Division of Emergency Management:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ten years ago today, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.

“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the Read the rest of this entry »

ADAI Clean Sweep Program Pesticide Collection Days in September

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are conducting two agricultural pesticide collection days, one to be held Wednesday, September 3rd in Baldwin County and another on Thursday, September 4th in Henry County.

The ADAI Clean Sweep Program allows farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators, and nurseryman, at no cost, to bring up to Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Farmland


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the increased number of farms and farmland acreage in Florida.

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

Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.

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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.

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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

Safety Issue

farming tractor spraying a fieldEverett Griner talks about how living near a farm could be dangerous in today’s Agri View.

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University of Florida PIE Center to Hold Webinar

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Coming up August 20th, the University of Florida’s PIE Center will hold a webinar that many of you may be interested in. Gary Cooper has the details.

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