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Florida Beef Council Approves 2015 Marketing Plan

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council Board has approved its 2015 marketing plan, and Ashley Hughes says they are thrilled to start working on this year’s plan to really promote beef across the state.


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Promoting Georgia Beef to Children

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes cattlemen and women across the state will get involved in promoting the beef message to school-age children again this year, as there are many great opportunities for local Cattlemen’s chapters to get involved in various events.


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Alabama Cattlemen Prepare for Busy March

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association staff, after wrapping up their annual convention this past weekend, are now working on more events that Dr. Billy Powell says will keep them busy through the month of March.


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More Signs of the Beginnings of Cattle Herd Expansion

USDA’s latest cattle on feed report shows that as of February 1 of this year, there were 10.7 million head in feedlots, which is slightly more than a year ago. And according to Gary Crawford, there are more signs that cattle producers are beginning to take the first steps toward expanding the herd.


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West Coast Port Labor Agreement Welcomed by Asian Meat Buyers

Joe Schuele

Joe Schuele

The tentative West Coast port labor contract agreement announced over the weekend certainly came as good news for U.S. meat exporters. Joe Schuele has more.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review February 20

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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 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Check out the video.

Acreage Cutbacks Very Possible This Spring

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

There are still decisions that need to be made in some cases of what all will be planted this spring. But as Gary Crawford reports, cutbacks in plantings may not be enough to stave off further price declines for major crops.


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Busy Girl

Electric power station in the field
Everett Griner talks about how wires changed farm life in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Florida

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atkinson, Coffee and Ware counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by excessively dry weather and drought that occurred from Read the rest of this entry »

The New Green Revolution?

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Cathy Isom tells us how advances in agricultural, biotechnology and data are showing signs that a new Green Revolution could be on the way.


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Alabama FFA President Enjoying National FFA Week

Will Graves

Will Graves

This is National FFA Week. Across the Southeast, a variety of events are planned to raise awareness about the National FFA organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders. Will Graves from Blount County is president of the Alabama State FFA Association and he looks forward to promoting the importance of agricultural education this week.


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USDA Seeks Grant Proposals to Increase Recreational Public Access on Private Agricultural, Forest Lands

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $20 million is being made available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Read the rest of this entry »

Crop Updates Needed this Week

Tyron Spearman has this reminder that crop updates will be needed this week.


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Fruit Drop Quantified in Two Citrus Groves

Tripti Vashisth

Tripti Vashisth

A scientist has quantified what most Florida citrus growers can’t – the percentage of fruit lost to HLB-induced fruit drop. University of Florida researcher Tripti Vashisth reports on fruit drop in two Polk County groves.


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NCBA: Dietary Guidelines Recommendations Are Misleading

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. The report is a recommendation to the department secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unfortunately, the report is inconsistent, and if adopted, will lead to conflicting dietary advice.


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Students Use National FFA Week to Share Importance of Agriculture

From the National FFA Organization:

ffa-logoINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: New Fresh From Florida Marketing Campaign

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the new campaign promoting “Fresh From Florida” products.


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

CSP Applications in Alabama Due By February 27

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to know that February 27 is the final day to apply for funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program.


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Sell By…

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Everett Griner talks about disposable dates on packages not set in stone in today’s Agri View.


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Alabama Cattlemen Elect New Officers

Woody Clark and Jim Akin

Woody Clark and Jim Akin

During the 72nd Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show here in Huntsville, the new officer team was elected. And during that session, Woody Clark officially handed Jim Akin from Lexington, Alabama the president’s gavel. Akin told me he’s looking forward to the upcoming year.


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Alabama Cattlemen Get Cattle-Fax Update

Duane Lenz

Duane Lenz

One of the guest speakers at this morning’s session during the 72nd Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show was Duane Lenz, general manager of Cattle-Fax. Afterwards, we hit on a few of the topics he discussed.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 20th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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The Sugar Association Responds to 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

From The Sugar Association:

The Sugar Association is troubled by the lack of consistency in the scientific process and quality of evidence used by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) as the basis for its Advisory Report to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Committee’s conclusions on “added sugars” intake are not based on the established evidence-based review process of the full body of science, which raises serious concerns the Committee Read the rest of this entry »

Soil in the City

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You could soon be seeing more backyard and community gardens cropping up in urban areas. Cathy Isom tells us why.


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Alabama Cattlemen Gather in Huntsville

aca-2015-convThe 72nd Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show is underway in Huntsville as with snow falling icy conditions are forecast for yet today. But many cattlemen from across the state have already arrived and were on hand for the board meeting this morning. ACA President Woody Clark says it has started out as another great event.


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Two Nematodes That Can Cause Citrus Problems

Larry Duncan

Larry Duncan

University of Florida researcher Larry Duncan discusses two nematodes in citrus groves. One has increased its population in recent years, and another poses more threats in the face of HLB.


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Farm Bill Safety-Net Deadlines Approaching for Florida Farmers

usda-logoUSDA’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Florida, Rick Dantzler, wants to remind producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).


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Citrus Bloom May Be Biggest Concern from Cold Night

Andrew Meadows

Andrew Meadows

Temperatures apparently failed to reach citrus-damaging levels Thursday night and Friday morning, but there is some concern about bloom. Florida Citrus Mutual spokesman Andrew Meadows reports.


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Georgia Agribusiness Council Works with Chains Issue

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

As another week of Georgia’s Legislative Session winds down, Bryan Tolar with the Georgia Agribusiness Council has information about an issue of concern to the ag sector that came up.


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Concerns with Proposal to Ship Fresh and Frozen Beef Continue

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show kicks off today in Huntsville. And of course a variety of issues will be discussed, including concerns about allowing a couple of countries to ship fresh and frozen beef into the U.S. One of the speakers at this year’s event, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall, explains.


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