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From Scientist to Farmer, Today’s Farmers Come From all Walks of Life

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Richard McGinley  (USDA Photo by Gail Hendricks)

Richard McGinley
(USDA Photo by Gail Hendricks)

Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 13, 2014 – Once upon a time, fulltime farmers were the norm. That’s not necessarily the case today. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, more than half of Florida’s principal farm operators report primary occupations other than farming.

Richard McGinley is a good example. He spent his early years in the Miami area. Until he was in high school he lived in the city, then his Dad moved the family to Ocala, located in central Florida, to begin farming. But McGinley had other interests that took him far from farming. He Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunities for Women in Agriculture

A recent meeting looked at more opportunities for women to be involved in agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Concerns with New Beef Promotion Order

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

USDA’s Ag Marketing Service opened the comment period this week in the process to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack had the details of the notice of inquiry posted in the Federal Register this week and Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, explains their concerns with this proposal.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Assocation Names New Executive Vice President

From the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association:

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

We are very excited to name Will Bentley as our new Executive Vice President. Will has been with GCA since January as the Director of Association Services and has a true love and passion for the cattle industry. He has been handling some of the EVP duties since August and has handled it extremely well.

Will is from Thomaston, Georgia where he and his family own a commercial Angus based cow-calf operation. He has been heavily involved in his family’s cattle operation his entire life. He received his Read the rest of this entry »

Simplot’s Innate Potato Get’s Approval By USDA

elkton-potatosBased on a lengthy approval process using available scientific data and public input, USDA found the potatoes unlikely to pose a plant pest or environmental risk. The potatoes have been engineered for reduced bruising and lower potential to produce acrylamide when cooked under certain conditions


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Speaker Lineup for Peanut Meetings

The speaker lineup for some upcoming peanut meetings has been released and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Beef Producer Pleased with Investment in the Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is an investment into the future? Ashby Green from High Springs, Florida feels it’s a been a good investment for his operation.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Citrus Industry This Week: Advanced Citrus Production Field Day Reports

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports from researchers and growers who attended a recent University or Florida/IFAS Advanced Citrus Production Field Day. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Comment Deadline on Proposed WOTUS Rule is Friday

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald

The deadline to submit comments in an effort to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority is this Friday, November 14th. And the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is conducting a last ditch effort asking cattlemen and women to get their comments in. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, hopes individual producers will comment on how this proposed rule will impact their operation.


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Easy Pickin’s

agricultural vehiclesEverett Griner talks about farm theft on the rise nationwide in today’s Agri View.


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Propane Powering Delivery Trucks

propane-tanksPropane plays a part on many farms, but today Cindy Zimmerman has a story on how it will soon be powering a large fleet of delivery trucks.


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More Peanut Crop Numbers

Tyron Spearman has even more numbers concerning peanuts from this weeks crop report.


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Cotton Incorporated Involved with Various Research Efforts

Kater Hake

Kater Hake

Kater Hake, Vice President of Agriculture Research for Cotton Incorporated, wants cotton producers to know they continue to be involved in a variety of research efforts covering many issues.


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Pleased with NRCS Seminar in Alabama

Steve Durgin

Steve Durgin

Steve Durgin, President of the American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association for NRCS, was very pleased with last week’s national training seminar in Atmore, Alabama.


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Florida Landowners Reminded of WRP Benefits

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about the Wetlands Reserve Program and how it can help many landowners in the state.


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Vilsack on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

The deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is this Friday, November 14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack understands grower concerns about this and has passed those concerns along to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.


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STAX-Farm Bill Workshops Coming to Georgia

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Next week, the National Cotton Council will be in Georgia holding educational meetings in Statesboro and Tifton about insurance options for cotton through the new STAX program. Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton urges producers to attend the meeting nearest them.


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To learn more about next week’s meetings go to www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

2015 Meat Production Forecast Is Lowered

In this month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand reports, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section shows the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been raised from last month, but the forecast for 2015 was lowered.


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Crop Adjustment

cotton-fieldEverett Griner talks about China’s cotton production being in decline in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton and Peanut Forecasts

AgNet This Week

 Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Winter Weather

winter-weatherWhile some areas have escaped it so far, Cindy Zimmerman reports winter weather is already being found in many parts of the country.


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Peanut Inspections Continue

While peanut harvest has wrapped up in some areas, there are still others where deliveries are still being made. And Tyron Spearman reports peanut inspections continue.


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Grower Opinions on Under-Screen Citrus Production

Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Citrus growers Cody Estes (first report) and Lee Jones share their opinions on under-screen citrus production and other advanced citrus production techniques demonstrated at a recent field day near Fort Pierce. The field day was hosted by the University of Florida-IFAS.


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Alabama Cattlemen Urged to Comment on WOTUS

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges producers to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding its Clean Water Act Authority before the deadline, which is this Friday, November 14th.


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To make a comment or learn more go to www.bamabeef.org.

Georgia Beef Team Ambassador Talks with Consumers

gbbThis past weekend, the Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team Ambassadors were out talking with consumers. Kaytlyn Malia, a student at ABAC, says it was a fun event and looks forward to more.


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Beef Checkoff Sponsors Florida Runners

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says thanks to the Beef Checkoff, a couple of runners from Florida recently took part in a run which involved Marines.


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Challenging Year for Alabama Peanut Crop

Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones

While peanut harvest is starting to wind down in most areas, Jimmy Jones, county Extension coordinator in Henry County, Alabama, says it’s been a challenging year.


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Record Year for Agriculture Exports

The final numbers for agriculture exports in 2014 confirmed a record setting value.


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Challenging FFA to Lead the Next Generation of Farmers

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

During the recent National FFA Convention, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged FFA members to be among those driving agriculture in the future.


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Record Crops Still Expected

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

In their November crop report, USDA adjusted corn and soybean production forecasts slightly, but they still point to record numbers. Rod Bain reports.


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