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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSPonte Vedra Beach, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today presented awards to the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting innovative and environmentally sensitive farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »

New Nematicide is a ‘Step Change’ Away From Restricted-Use Soil Fumigants

Article by: Pablo A. Navia Gine
Innovation Technical Leader

Pablo A. Navia Gine

Pablo A. Navia Gine

Nematodes are the most prolific parasite on the planet. With more than 10,000 classified species worldwide, they can be found virtually everywhere — in soil, water, and inside plants and animals. Described as the “unseen enemy”, nematodes account for an estimated 14 percent of all worldwide plant losses, which translates into global yield losses of more than $100 billion annually, including $9.1 billion here in the U.S.

Crop production problems induced by nematodes generally occur as a result of root dysfunction, reducing rooting volume and foraging and poor utilization of water and nutrients. The most widespread and Learn more about NIMITZ and ADAMA.

2014 National FFA Convention is Next Week

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »

PMA Fresh Summit Attracts Record Number of Farmers, Sellers, Buyers



Lots is changing in produce and floral production and marketing these days. Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann offers great insights in this lively and pointed discussion, in the midst of the 2014 PMA Summit held in Anaheim California this week.

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Import Problems

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.

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Day Two of Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltToday is day two of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as much better weather is expected. And Tyron Spearman says there will be a lot to see while there.

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Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of Year is from Georgia

Philip Grimes

Philip Grimes

While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 3, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.

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AgNeTVideo: Brandt Highlights a New Product for Producers

brandt-logoCharles Lanfier, Brandt sales manager for Central and South Florida, gives a brief history of the company and introduces a new product beneficial to producers.

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Digital Release of Farmland Movie Coming

farmland-movie-picWe told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.

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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”

Florida's Roadmap
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.

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