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Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

By Sara LaJeunesse, Penn State University

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A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Funding for Potato Breeding Research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $1.85 million in funding for regional potato breeding research to support the development of superior-performing varieties that can be brought to market as soon as possible. The United States is one of the top potato producers worldwide, and industry sales estimates topped $3.6 billion in 2015.

“Potatoes constitute a significant proportion of our diets, and there’s urgent need to continue to develop varieties with value-added traits, including a nutrient profile that promotes growth and development in children,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of NIFA. Read the rest of this entry »

Funding to Support Agriculture Programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced availability of $8.8 million in funding to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens HSI programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences work force. Read the rest of this entry »

February Signup Deadline for Two Florida NRCS Programs

signup alabama florida georgia fridayUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners about signup deadlines coming up next month. The first one is for 2017 funding to help Florida ag producers improve working lands through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). That deadline is February 3. Read the rest of this entry »

Awards Presented at Georgia Peanut Farm Show

georgia peanut farm showThe Georgia Peanut Commission announced a variety of awards today during the 41st Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton. Tyron Spearman has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday is Signup Deadline for Three NRCS Programs in Alabama

alabama florida georgia fridayUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants to remind landowners about three program signups that end Friday, January 20. They include a collaborative effort to reach forestry landowners in West Alabama, a renewal of a pilot program that targets small, underserved livestock operations in the Black Belt region and program for producers interested in Alabama’s Wild Pig Damage Management Program. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cattlemen Pleased with Pick of Perdue as Ag Secretary

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Many in agriculture were pleased to hear that President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be Agriculture Secretary is former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. And that includes Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President, Will Bentley. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong Ag Background with Perdue’s Career

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Perdue

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been nominated as U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary. Southeast AgNet talked with Perdue a few years ago about his agriculture background and life experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

LEGAL FEES SOAR IN FLORIDA-GEORGIA WATER WAR

From: News Service of Florida

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Legal fees in Florida’s costly water war with Georgia have escalated to $41 million, with the Department of Environmental Protection asking for a $13 million transfer to cover some of the expenses. The request will be considered Tuesday by the Joint Legislative Budget Commission. The fees represent Florida’s cost in hiring lawyers to make its case before a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry »

Conaway Statement on Nomination of Former Governor Sonny Perdue for USDA Secretary

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Conaway

Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement upon the announcement of President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the nominee for Secretary of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

GA Ag Commissioner on Selection of Perdue

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner on Selection of Sonny Perdue for top USDA Post

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Black

Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black made the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of former Georgia Governor, George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III, as the Secretary of Agriculture: Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Ready to Work With New Agriculture Secretary

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The National Cotton Council congratulates former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination for Secretary of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

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