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Will GMO Labeling Be Given A FL Legislative Platform?

Dr. Kevin Folta, Associate Professor & Interim Chair, Horticulture Sciences Dept, UF/IFASFact versus fiction often doesn’t stop emotional activists from protesting genetic modification traits in foods. Dr Kevin Folta, Interim Chair of the Horticulture Sciences Department at University of Florida is an expert on GMOs. Farmers in particular need to start learning all they can, and in this report Folta presents some facts both about GMOs themselves, and the debate starting to swirl about them.


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GMO Activists Push For FL Senate Ag Committee Agenda

Bill MontfordThe national GMO labeling debate could enter Florida legislative circles if activists pushing for a labeling law about GMO products get their way. Under pressure to put it on the Senate Agriculture Committee agenda soon during the Legislative Session now at its halfway point, Chairman Bill Montford of North Florida offers his views in an exclusive interview with Southeast AgNet this week.


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FL Legislature May Reduce Some Ag Input Taxes

Bill Montford Jim BoydComments from both sides of the aisle in this report, about a tax proposal that would ease tax pressure on farmers and ranchers with regard to the purchase of inputs, repairs and equipment needed for food and fiber production. Matt CaldwellNow at about the halfway point in the legislative session, hear Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman Matt Caldwell, and House State Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Boyd all offer their views about the chances for this bill’s passage.


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FL Lawmakers Discuss “Springs Bill” & Water Concerns

 Bill Montford, D-Quincy  Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton About halfway through the Legislative Session, Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, D-Quincy, reports on the “Springs” bill in the Senate, while House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, comments on the approach to water issues in the House of Representatives.


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Agriculture Tax Relief Still Moving in Florida Legislative Pipeline

Rep. Matt Caldwell, Chairman, House Agriculture And Natural Resources Subcommittee, FL House of RepresentativesIn this mid-session legislative report, Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Sub-Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, shares some thoughts on fee rollbacks and other tax issues moving in the pipeline. This report also has a reminder of rumblings about another issue potentially on Florida’s horizon.


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Vilsack on EPA Proposed Clean Water Act Clarifications

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provides comments on today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers concerning their proposed Clean Water Act clarifications.


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Vehicle Registration Fee Rollback Bill Headed to Governor

Rep. Jim Boyd, Chairman, State Affairs Committee, FL House of Representatives The Florida legislature is at its halfway point this week, and one bill of agricultural interest that has already made it through the channels is designed to rollback the fees for vehicle registrations. This report features comments from House State Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Jim Boyd.


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EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands

This is a release from the Environmental Protection Agency:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating National Ag Day

This year’s theme for National Ag Day is 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.


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What’s For Dinner?

Everett Griner gives us some facts showing that American food is not a world standard.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 21, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Web Tool Successfully Measures Farms’ Water Footprint

A new web-based tool designed to measure the so-called “water footprint” of a farm has worked well during its trial run to calculate water consumption at farms in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Texas.


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Florida Agritourism Association Working on Directional Signage

Florida Agritourism AssociationOne of the focuses of the newly formed Florida Agritourism Association this legislative session is the development of directional signage to guide potential visitors to agritourism operations.


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New Approach to Feeding the World

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Could Africa provide its own food? This is a question Everett Griner explores today.


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AgNet This Week: Immigration Reform; Peanut Price; Farm Bill Meetings

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features a report on when farmers might see some movement on immigration reform, as well as information on the peanut price and farm bill education meetings for cotton growers. To learn more about these topics and more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Our Food Link Program

Just in time for National Ag Day, Tuesday March 25th, Farm Bureau has developed a toolkit of activities to help people make the farm-to-food link.


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National Ag Day to be Celebrated March 25

National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.


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Another Farm Loss

This has been on the attack since the 1980’s by the environmental sources. Methyl Bromide is on the way out. Everett Griner tells us who will be affected the most.


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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Important Farm Bill Program

Andy Lavigne, President CEO ASTAAs farmers are happy to finally have farm legislation in place, American Seed Trade Association President Andy Lavigne says for specialty crop growers there is one specific program authorized by the farm bill that makes a huge impact on the entire industry.


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Proposed Honeybee Research Facility Good for Producers and Consumers

beesA new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida, according to Florida TaxWatch. The following report has more details regarding the effort with Tom Nolan, president of the Florida State Beekeepers Association, Florida Tax Watch’s Dr. Jerry Parrish and Representative Keith Perry.


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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones as some folks call them, are here to stay. Everett Griner tells why.


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Former Florida Governor Askew Dies at 85

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 13, 2014…….. Former Gov. Reubin Askew, a major figure in modern Florida political history, died early Thursday at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Askew was 85.

The former governor was admitted to the hospital Saturday with aspiration pneumonia, and his condition worsened when he suffered a stroke, family spokesman Ron Sachs said.

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Farmers To Get Relief From Burdensome Regulations

Here’s a release from Florida Congressman Ted Yoho:

Florida Congressman Ted YohoWashington DC – Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) was pleased with the passage of the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (FUELS). The FUELS Act – which Congressman Yoho co-sponsored – modifies the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) burdensome farm fuel storage regulation. The rule has negatively impacted farmers throughout Florida. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement:
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AgNet This Week: Peanut and Cotton Bases; Clean Water Act

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on the peanut and cotton bases as well the continued watch of updates proposed to the Clean Water Act. To learn more about these topics and more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association Partners with “Fresh From Florida” Marketing Program

Partnership Aims to Raise Awareness for the High-Quality Plants Produced in Florida

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) joined the department’s “Fresh From Florida” membership program on behalf of its more than 800 members. The “Fresh From Florida” program promotes Florida products through a variety of programs and initiatives. This partnership represents the first time an association has joined the program, extending benefits to all its members.


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Water Wars

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Who should control water rights? That is a question a lot of people are asking. Today, Everett Griner looks at some solutions.


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Renown Branding Expert Ira Blumenthal Addresses Agriculture

 Ira BlumenthalAt a seed industry meeting in California this week, famed business branding expert Ira Blumenthal says seed companies and farmers should embrace change to remain relevant and viable as change is occurring in the marketplace more rapidly than ever before. Anyone in agriculture should want to hear this exclusive interview with Blumenthal, who has a specific message for farmers in particular near the end of the interview.


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Pleased with Groundbreaking event for New Florida FFA State Headquarters

Florida FFA GroundbreakingFolks from various parts of Florida were in Gainesville this morning to take part in the “groundbreaking” for construction for the new state headquarters for the Florida FFA Association.
=Afterwards, I was able to catch up with both Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick who were pleased with the event on the Florida Farm Bureau campus. They both also commented on the Florida Legislative session, which is underway in Tallahassee.
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Family Farms

The future of family farms is solid. Everett Griner tells us why.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 7, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

To hear weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast:
Alabama
Florida
Georgia

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