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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 15, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about a new report showing demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs, the final 2014 cotton crop numbers and estimates for the 2015 peanut crop, along with a story about a new health fad.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 15th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Best Jobs for Grads = Agriculture, Part 1

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In this, the first part of a two part series, Cathy Isom checks out the career field in demand for college grads.


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Estimating the 2015 Peanut Crop

PeanutsUSDA recently came out with a report which estimates how the 2015 peanut crop will turn out. Tyron Spearman runs through the numbers they released.


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Eight Regular Session Days Remain for Alabama Legislature

aac-logoThe Alabama legislative session each year is limited to 30 meeting days within a period of 105 calendar days, meaning there are eight regular session days left in the 2015 session. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks of what lawmakers discussed this past week.


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Florida Short Course Looks at Finishing Cattle on Grass

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course took place this past week in Gainesville. Various topics were discussed, including one that was titled “What Kind of Beef Should We Be Producing, Fixing the Current Beef Industry Model.” Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Jim Handley sat in on that discussion and explains what it was about.


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More Red Meat and Poultry Production Projected for 2016

USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report this week and when it comes to the livestock, poultry and dairy section, total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2016 is projected to be above 2015.


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“Feed My School” is Growing in Georgia

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-logoGeorgia Grown’s “Feed My School for a Week” program just received its strongest application pool for participation in the program for the 2015 school year with 34 schools. Feed My School first launched in 2011 with a goal to help bridge the gap in nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more Read the rest of this entry »

Senate to Debate TPA

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

The U.S. Senate passed a motion by a vote of 65 to 33 on Thursday which allowed a Trade Promotion Authority bill to advance to debate after reaching compromise. Rod Bain has more on the story.


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USDA Finalizes Rule to Require Labeling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef Products

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service this week announced new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized.


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Goat Milk

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Everett Griner talks about a new health fad challenge in today’s Agri View.


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State Sours On Sugar Land As Fix For Everglades

By Jim Turner
From: The News Service of Florida

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 14, 2015-The state officially lost its appetite Thursday for buying a large chunk of sugar land to help restore the Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted unanimously to terminate an option that had been signed by former Gov. Charlie Crist to purchase 46,800 acres in the Everglades from U.S. Sugar Corp.

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Celebrating 80 Years of Rural Electricity

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Celebrating 80 years of the USDA’s Rural Electrification Administration. Cathy Isom tells us about the next major project now in the works.


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Putnam: Saving Our Signature Crop

From Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Friend,

Like sunshine and white sandy beaches, citrus is synonymous with Florida.

But citrus greening, a bacterial disease that is spreading through Florida’s citrus groves, poses an existential threat to Florida’s signature crop. In just 10 years, citrus greening has cut Florida’s annual citrus harvest in half. That’s why we must take bold action to reverse the decline in citrus production.

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More Fast Track Citrus Varieties to Be Launched

Peter Chaires

Peter Chaires

Four meetings in May will support the launch of more citrus selections under Fast Track. New Varieties Development and Management Corp.’s Peter Chaires reports. Read more.


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Urging Passage of Market Access Program

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

There are some urging the passage of the Market Access Program. Tyron Spearman explains what that is and why it’s important.


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New Report Shows Agriculture is a Great Career Field

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden

A new report produced by Purdue University, with grant support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, shows demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden gives her take on steps that might attract more students into a career in the agricultural sector.


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SeedMatrix Tutorial Now Available

From The Cotton Board:

cotton-logoMemphis, TN – The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is recognizing and responding to issues cotton producers identify as having an impact on their farm. Timely access to objective information about new cotton varieties is a top priority to both cotton producers and consultants. Through a special Read the rest of this entry »

Big Crowd for Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Board Meeting

aca-board-mtg-05-14-15A big crowd is on hand for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association spring quarterly board meeting in Montgomery today. Dr. Billy Powell is pleased to see such a big crowd to not only take part in association business, but also to be involved in their annual visit to the state legislature.


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Citrus Harvesting Labor Now and in the Future

Mike Carlton

Mike Carlton

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association labor relations director Mike Carlton discusses the citrus harvesting labor situation for this season. He also looks at the future.


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Record Number of Producers Become BQA Certified

bqa-logoMore than 2,100 producers across the United States became certified for free through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program, supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica this year.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Growing Peaches; Crop Forecast; FDOC News

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 includes a report from a citrus and peach grower, details on the latest citrus crop forecast and news from the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

COOL Ruling could have Consequences for U.S. Exports

usmefThe World Trade Organization is expected to issue a final ruling soon on Mexico and Canada’s challenge of U.S. country-of-origin labeling regulations for red meat. A ruling against the U.S. could give Canada and Mexico the green light to impose retaliatory tariffs on imports of some U.S. products. Ralph Loos has the story.


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Food Costs

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Everett Griner talks about you have no choice…you eat, you pay in today’s Agri View.


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Tri-State Group Unanimously Backs Plan for River System

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By MARGIE MENZEL

news service florida logoAPALACHICOLA, May 13, 2015……….A potential landmark in Florida’s long-running dispute with Georgia and Alabama over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system came Wednesday, when 56 people from the three states unanimously approved what they described Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Your A/C Summer Ready

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Today Cathy Isom reminds you of what you can do now that will help keep your house cool this summer.


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Florida Beef Cattle Short Course Underway

Matt Hersom (UF/IFAS file photo)

Matt Hersom (UF/IFAS file photo)

The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is taking place today through Friday at the Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville. University of Florida’s Dr. Matt Hersom runs through the lineup for this year’s event.


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Peanut Pricing Update

peanut-fieldTyron Spearman has an update of where the peanut posted price and contracts stand this week.


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Important Crop Insurance Deadline Nears for Florida Ag Producers

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Gainesville, FL. May 13, 2015 –Agricultural producers seeking federal crop insurance must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.

Many farmers have their certification form on file since it’s required to participate in other USDA programs, including those with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). But producers such as Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Producer Knows Value of Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Randy Fordham from Royston, Georgia is someone who truly believes in what the checkoff does for producers.


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