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Why Specialty Crops are so Special

vegetablesThere is a reason why specialty crops are so special, as Cindy Zimmerman explains.


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UF/IFAS Receives Part of $4.5 Million in USDA Grants for Specialty Crops

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture on two dozen projects to strengthen markets for specialty crops in the state.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services called for project proposals, reviewed them and awarded more than $4.57 million in grants from the USDA. The grants will be used for 34 research projects, two dozen of which will be conducted by researchers with Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Root Growth and Longevity in HLB-Infected Trees

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

University of Florida researcher Evan Johnson reports on interesting findings about root growth and root longevity in HLB-infected citrus trees. The findings have implications for growers.


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WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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NCGA Attending Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Bowling

Chip Bowling

Folks from all across the country are at the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. That includes the President of the National Corn Growers Association, Chip Bowling who is farmer from Maryland. This trip has allowed him to see some crops he doesn’t normally get to see, while at the same time talk corn with Southeast farmers.


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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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4-H and FFA

ffa-logoEverett Griner talks about 4-H and FFA being highly successful organizations in schools in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Good Year for Pumpkins

Pumpkin patchIf you are seeing a lot of pumpkins this year, there is a good reason why. Cindy Zimmerman reports on how this has been a good year for the seasonal favorite.


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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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United States Wins WTO Trade Enforcement Dispute for American Farmers

From the White House:

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the United States has won a major victory at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry. A WTO dispute settlement panel has found in favor of the United States in a dispute challenging India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products – such as poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs – allegedly to Read the rest of this entry »

Statement on WTO Decision Ruling against India’s Ban on US Poultry Imports

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2014 – Today’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its ban on U.S. poultry imports is commended by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC).

India placed a ban on U.S. poultry in 2007 under the guise of preventing low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), but Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Beef Board at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway in Moultrie, Georgia, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will stop by their booth to learn more on how beef checkoff dollars are being used across the state.


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Florida Cattlewomen Talk Beef at Southern Women’s Show

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Cattlewomen, along with the American National Cattlewomen, talked with many women about the healthy benefits of beef at a major event this past weekend. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council was pleased with everyone’s participation in promoting beef in Florida.


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Alabama Cattlemen Pleased with Best Steak Contest

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

October Beef Month events continue across Alabama, including last week’s announcement of this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest winner. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about this year’s winner along with also giving an update on another event which took place last week.


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Soggy Start to Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbelt-wet-start-2014Gates opened a bit later than normal for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as rain welcomed those who were here to start the event off. More showers are expected today so obviously that will affect the field demo harvesting plans, so I caught up with Farm Manager Michael Chafin to see what their plans are.


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Beef, Pork and Dairy Production all Tight

The latest forecast for livestock production shows total meat production for both 2014 and 2015 have been raised from last month. But, that does not means every sector is up, as USDA economist Robert Johansson runs through the numbers.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Starts Today

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo officially starts today at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Tyron Spearman is there and has a look at what some of the events planned for the first day include.


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With Fries?

cheseburger and potatoEverett Griner talks about fast food chains supporting many families in today’s Agri View.


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Getting Better Fuel Mileage

According to the latest numbers from the EPA, vehicles continue to get better fuel mileage. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Why ‘Bicarbonates’ is a Dirty Word for Citrus Growers

Jim Graham

Jim Graham

University of Florida (UF) scientist Jim Graham tells why bicarbonates has become almost a dirty word to citrus growers in the HLB era. Graham offers recommendations for dealing with high bicarbonates, and tells why he’s optimistic that premature fruit drop may not be so bad this season as in the previous two seasons.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Kicks Off Tomorrow

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off tomorrow, as the 37th annual event takes place October 14-16 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Executive Director Chip Blalock says while they have already harvested some of the corn and soybeans, there will still be a lot of harvesting to see.


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Signup for Dairy Margin Protection Program

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Signup for the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been underway since the first part of September, but the date it ends is just a little over six weeks away. And Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages dairy farmers who have yet to check into it to do so.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Babcock Ranch

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about opportunities for Florida’s farmers and ranchers looking to grow their operations by leasing on the Babcock Ranch Preserve.


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To learn more information about opportunities at Babcock Ranch please contact the Florida Forest Service at (850) 681-5800.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Choice Careers

Agriculture CareerEverett Griner talks about how agriculture school enrollment is still growing in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 10, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at the various crop reports which were released by USDA Friday.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices Consistent with Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While food prices have risen, Cindy Zimmerman reports that the rise has stayed consistent with inflation.


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