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Florida FFA Convention a Big Draw

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

The annual Florida FFA State Convention has been taking place this week as folks from across the state have been in attendance. One of those is Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper as he files this report.


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More information on this week’s convention is available on the Florida FFA website.

The Faces of Farming

We told you earlier this week the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance was looking for the new “Faces of Farming & Ranching”. Well today, Cindy Zimmerman has a story with a person who is a one of the Faces of Farming.


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Florida’s Finest FFA Chapters Selected

The 2014 Florida FFA State Convention is underway this week and here is a news release from that event:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the selection of “Florida’s Finest” FFA Chapters. The selection of these chapters is based upon the completion of the National Chapter Award program application. These chapters have excelled in the areas of student, chapter and community development and have worked hard to fulfill the mission of the FFA. One member and one advisor Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Farmers Can Sign Up to Help Pollinators

USDAState Agronomist and Plant Materials Specialist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, MiMi Williams, reminds Florida farmers that July 18 is the sign up deadline to help pollinators in the effort to reverse the loss of pollinator food and habitat.


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Hard Charges

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about G.M.O. foods still raising questions in today’s Agri View.


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Immigration Reform Labeled Dead

Reports out of our nation’s capitol indicate lawmakers on both sides of the immigration reform issue have said immigration is effectively dead until after President Obama leaves office, even though the President called immigration reform his top priority for his second term.


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Ag in Review Ending the Week of June 27, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the estate tax, proposed waters of the U.S. rule, and looking forward to seeing USDA’s numbers in Monday’s acreage report.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA June 27

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- 4th of July, World Cup and Summer Party Food Safety Tips
- USDA launches a website to help new and beginning farmers
- Providing children nutritious meals during the summer Check out the video!

Congress Continues Fight over EPA Proposal

The fight over EPA’s proposal to vastly expand its control of U.S. waters is reaching a boil in Congress, where ag lawmakers continue to blast the plan as a massive land grab.


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Florida Woman is New National Ag in the Classroom President

Lisa Gaskalla

Lisa Gaskalla

Going on all this week in Hershey, Pennsylvania is the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. An event where the Executive Director of Florida Ag in the Classroom, Lisa Gaskalla, takes over as national president.


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New Efforts to Help Honeybees

honey-beeWe told you yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working to stir the interest of people around the country about the importance of helping pollinators, such as bees, do their jobs.


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Water Issues Concern Florida Ag Commissioner

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many people are concerned with the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, which expands federal jurisdiction to all waters across the country. And that is a topic that Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam knows is important to all of agriculture in the state.


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Helping Pollinators Do Their Jobs

honey-beeEfforts continue by USDA to help pollinators, such as bees, to do their jobs.


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Tamarixia for Biological Control on Asian Citrus Psyllids

tamarixia-radiataWe told you last week that a new state-of-the art facility to improve the health of Florida’s endangered citrus industry opened in LaCrosse, as the Florida Citrus Repository will expand the Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program. It opens just four months after the expansion of the state’s Dundee Biological Control Laboratory, also integral to Florida’s fight against citrus greening, as it rears the beneficial insect Tamarixia radiata.


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Estate Tax Repeal Legislation Captures Support

Proposed legislation that would repeal estate taxes, the Death Tax Repeal Act by Texas Congressman Kevin Brady, has 218 co-sponsors.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Don’t Pack a Pest

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign, which helps protect Florida’s $100 billion agriculture industry from the threat of invasive pests.


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To learn more, click on “Don’t Pack a Pest” Campaign.

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

Child Labor

Child LaborEverett Griner talks about child labor, and how far it should go in today’s Agri View.


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Ag Census Provided Sales Information

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Information from the latest U.S. Agriculture Census including a lot of information concerning ag sales from all sectors. Tyron Spearman runs through some of the numbers.


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Subcommittee Examines Impact of EPA Water Rule on Agricultural Producers

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the interpretive rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act (CWA) agricultural exemptions.

The CWA was signed into law in 1972 with an intent to preserve water quality in the United States by regulating discharges of pollution into the country’s water system. Although Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Put Florida Producers and Customers Together

From the farm gate to the dinner plate, consumers are looking for more local food options. And according to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, industry estimates put local food sales at $7 billion in 2011, reflecting the market’s growing importance.


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Scott: Let Voters Decide on Conservation Amendment

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 17, 2014……Gov. Rick Scott said it was “the right thing to do” for the Cabinet on Tuesday to approve the sale of four closed jails and three other sites to raise money for future land preservation.

However, when asked after the Cabinet meeting whether he would support or oppose an amendment in November that would cement funding for land conservation into Florida’s Constitution, Read the rest of this entry »

Questions on Tax Extension Time-Line

Last week saw the passage of the tax extenders bill by the House, which included a permanent extension of section 179, a key provision for farmers and ranchers who want to buy new equipment.


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Farm Thefts

Crime-TheftEverett Griner talks about farm products having great value in today’s Agri View.


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New Director of Communications for Georgia Ag Department

Julie McPeake

Julie McPeake

Today was the last day for a staff member here at Southeast AgNet. After almost six years, Julie McPeake is moving on as she has accepted a position with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Gary Black

Gary Black

I was able to talk with her new boss, Commissioner Gary Black. He describes how pleased he is that she is joining his staff and discusses what her role will be.


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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA June 13

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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House Urged to Not Change Farm Bill through Ag Appropriations Bill

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its Waters of the U.S. proposal.


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Clean Water Rules Comment Period Extended

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its Waters of the U.S. proposal.


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Hand Picked

hand pickedEverett Griner wonders if hand-harvested crops will vanish in today’s Agri View.


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Insecticides and CCD

beeEverett Griner talks about the fight of CCD without insecticides in today’s Agri View.


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Let It Go Parody

One farm family from Missouri has parodied the popular song from the Disney movie Frozen as a way to draw attention to an issue that could affect their livelihood.


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