We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.
Former orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant and the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr. were among topics of discussion when approximately 35 citrus industry veterans gathered at Florida Southern College Friday. Of course, there were also tales of hoeing citrus trees as youngsters. The occasion was the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Legacy Luncheon, touted as an opportunity to see old friends and share industry stories. Orlando grower Jerry Chicone discusses the origins of the Legacy Luncheon and the importance of industry veterans sharing time and tales.
Joe L. Davis Sr., 91, a Wauchula citrus grower and member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. Davis was a pioneer in the expansion of citrus in Hardee County. He served numerous years on the Florida Citrus Commission, including several as chairman.
Dairy farmers have until late November to enroll in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program. But comments are also being accepted for a segment of the program which are related to changes in management of dairy operations. Rod Bain has more.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were part of a crowd at the inauguration Thursday of a new refrigerated distribution facility at the IMG Citrus packinghouse in Vero Beach. In the first report, IMG CFO Melanie Ressler discusses why the company is investing in the facility as well as replanting groves. In the second, Director of Sales Matt Reel discusses the new packinghouse facility. In the third report, Indian River Citrus League Executive Vice President Doug Bournique says IMG’s investments are proof the citrus industry isn’t giving up.
Cattle producers are being reminded you still have time to take part in becoming BQA certified for free. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, encourages producers to take advantage of this opportunity being presented by Boehringer Inglehim.
The Conservation Technology and Information Center’s 2014 Conservation in Action Tour took place this week in Florida as participants were able to explore the Everglades Agricultural Area. Mike D. stopped by the University of Florida’s Everglades Education and Research Center to talk with some of the folks and has this report.
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As a part of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Agriculture teamed together again to remind motorists and farmers to use caution during harvest time. I talked with GOHS Director Harris Blackwood who said they have been seeing an upward trend in farm equipment related incidents.
Today is the final day of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those attending are encouraged to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission building to see the Planters Nutmobile.
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 »
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.
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 »
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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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.