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Citrus Expo Is Only Seven Weeks Away

GOOD Citrus Expo Logo smAssociate Professor Kelly Morgan with the University of Florida’s Soil & Water Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, spoke with us about the growers discussion panel at this year’s Citrus Expo Seminars.


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Citrus Grower: Replant Your Losers

Larry Black

Larry Black

Peace River Packing Company President Larry Black cites examples of “loser” blocks that might be best replaced with high-density plantings.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review June 26

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the bats and the bees, saving a hospital, and helping the Caribbean.


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What to Do about COOL

In advance of last Thursday’s Senate hearing on U.S. country of origin labeling, Mexican and Canadian officials sent separate letters to Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts and ranking member of the Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow.


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More GMO’s

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Everett Griner talks about potatoes and apples getting GMO approval in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 26, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about legislative and legal efforts to stop EPA’s Water of the U.S. rule, why the National FFA Organization has updated their strategic plan, how peanut acreage is being re-adjusted and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending June 26th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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This report will not be issued next week due to markets being closed in observance of the July 4th holiday.

A/C Help-Part 1

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In the first part of this series, Cathy Isom lets you know what you can do to keep your home cooler and that energy bill lower during the hottest days of summer.


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Growers Estimate HLB Infection Rates and Yield Loss

Ariel Singerman

Ariel Singerman


University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman reports on citrus growers’ estimates of the percentage of their acres and trees that are infected by HLB. The growers also estimated their yield losses to HLB.


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Peanut Acreage Estimates Drop

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman reports today about how some feel earlier estimates of this year’s peanut acreage may need to be re-adjusted just a bit.


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Register Now for AJCA Roundup

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind juniors across the state that registration for the 2015 Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Roundup (AJCA) ends next week.


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GCA Summer Conference is Next Month

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) and its members hope producers will join them in St. Simons Island for their 5th annual GCA Summer Conference, July 24-25. GCA Executive Vice President Will Bentley has more details.


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PMA Urges Senate to Act Quickly, Consider Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act

From the Produce Marketing Association:

pmaNewark, Del. — Cathy Burns, president of Produce Marketing Association, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s hearing on the potential impacts of trade retaliation as a result of the World Trade Organization dispute brought by Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin Labeling for beef, pork and poultry:

“Today’s Senate hearing confirms the need for the Senate to act quickly and decisively to repeal legislation mandating Read the rest of this entry »

Proud of Corn Silage and Forage Field Day Event

uf-uga-corn-silage-field-daThe University of Florida and University of Georgia hold a Corn Silage and Forage Field Day each year which rotates between Citra, Florida and Tifton, Georgia. This year’s event took place recently in Tifton and Jerry Wasdin, University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences Beef and Dairy Units Coordinator, said next year the event will be back in Citra.


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National FFA Organization Looks at Mission and Vision

ffa-logoNot only across the Southeast, but across the nation, FFA students continue to be involved in more and more areas. As a matter of fact, Josh Bledsoe, chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization, says this is why the organization recently updated its strategic plan to help with the growth of FFA.


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Thrilled with New Citrus Scientist in Lake Alfred

uf-ifas-logoUniversity of Florida/IFAS has a new chemist at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred. And according to Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, CREC is thrilled to have her.


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Specialty Crops

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Everett Griner talks about the USDA funding Specialty Crops in today’s Agri View.


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Postbloom Fruit Drop Survey for Citrus Growers

University of Florida researcher Megan Dewdney has created an online survey to assess the impact of postbloom fruit drop (PFD) on Florida citrus groves. Results of the survey will be instrumental in the development of strategies to assist growers in the management of PFD.

New Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide Available

A new Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide includes the latest releases from the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture breeding programs. It also provides guidance on observed HLB incidence in the various rootstocks.

USDA’s Expanding Broadband to Rural America – Part 2

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In the second part of her series, Cathy Isom checks out how rural businesses are benefiting from broadband and how the businesses are now thriving thanks to a commitment by the USDA.


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More information on rural broadband and the USDA can be found at USDA.gov.

Snack Nut Industry Continues to Rise

planters-snack-nutsAt a recent meeting, one company provided information showing how well the snack nut industry continues to see a rise in numbers. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Producers See New Varieties at Field Day

IMG_7351The University of Georgia and University of Florida held their annual Corn Silage and Forage Field Day last week. John Bernard, University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science professor in Tifton, said the event included showing some of the new varieties companies have entered into their statewide variety test trials.


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University of Florida/IFAS Invasives Research Facility Likely to Close

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — A valuable UF/IFAS program that helps save the state millions of dollars annually in controlling invasive plants and insects will likely close after a veto by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

An approved increase by the Legislature of $180,000 was denied, and the facility also lost all funding. The state-of-the-art lab Read the rest of this entry »

Legal and Legislative Efforts to Combat WOTUS Rule

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be taking part in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging overreach in the agencies Waters of the U.S. rule. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, Collin Woodall, explains.


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Puckett Retiring as Alabama NRCS State Conservationist

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett, state conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS), has announced his retirement from that position. But soon you can find him filling another role in the state.


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Florida NRCS Seeking Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is getting the word out about the availability of financial and technical assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands. Roney Gutierrez says funding for this will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership.


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Citrus Industry This Week: New Citrus Plantings; Fruit Drop Report

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week features a discussion from Florida Citrus Mutual President Larry Black about how new citrus plantings are working for growers. There is also a report from University of Florida’s Michael Rogers that addresses citrus fruit drop. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Pleased with Finalization of TPA

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took the final vote needed to send Trade Promotion Authority to the President for his signature by passing it with a vote of 60-38. Many agricultural groups across the country were pleased with this action, Read the rest of this entry »

Still Unsure

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Everett Griner talks about climate change issues in today’s Agri View.


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PMA Applauds Work of House and Senate as Trade Promotion Authority Moves to the President

From the Produce Marketing Association:

Newark, Del. — Richard Owen, vice president of global business development for Produce Marketing Association (PMA), issued the following statement praising Congress’ work on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA 2015), also known as ‘fast track,’ as it moves to President Obama for signature:

“We’re pleased that a bipartisan Congress has shown strong resolve to pass TPA and to see this transformative bill through to Read the rest of this entry »

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