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USDA Allowing Meat, Egg Products with “No GMO” Label

non gmo green vintage sealThe Department of Agriculture will begin allowing meat, poultry and egg producers to use labels such as “contains no GMO” or “derived from beef fed no GMO feed.” The guidance announced last week takes effect immediately and gives food makers information and examples on how to label products as non-GMO, known as a Read the rest of this entry »

An Update on Zika in Florida

From Adam Putnam, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam


Officials recently confirmed that local transmission of Zika is occurring in two small areas in Miami-Dade County and announced an investigation into a non-travel related case in Pinellas County. This week, I joined Governor Scott in Miami-Dade County to meet with local leaders and residents in the impacted areas.

Across the state, there has been—and will continue to be—a proactive approach to prevent the spread of Zika.

Our department is doing everything we can Read the rest of this entry »

Presidential Candidates and Agriculture

Agriculture collageThe presidential candidates are largely at odds over key issues that affect farming and rural America. Hillary Clinton has said she would continue to spend money on commodity payments, crop insurance and disaster aid for family farms that need help in disasters or other tough times. Donald Trump is expected out with specifics on his farm policy in the coming days, but has already proposed ending the Estate Tax, cutting corporate taxes, freezing regulations, limiting immigration and renegotiating trade deals. Clinton, like Trump, Read the rest of this entry »

Louisiana Flooding to Cost State’s Agriculture $110 Million

Picture from LSU Ag Center

Picture from LSU Ag Center

Torrential rains that recently caused historic flooding in south Louisiana will cost the state’s agriculture industry at least $110 million. The Louisiana State University AgCenter says that figure is expected to grow as farmers realize the full extent of flood damage.

Further, normal seasonal rains are likely to slow floodwaters receding. Many factors – including crop yield and quality reductions, increased production costs, infrastructure damage and loss of stored commodities – are not immediately clear.

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Bayer, Monsanto Merger Talks Advancing

bayer-cropsciencemonsantoMerger talks between Monsanto and Bayer AG are advancing after a series of meetings in which the companies have addresses issues including the purchase price and a termination fee, according to Bloomberg News.

Sources close to the talks say a deal could be reached in the next two weeks. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant have held Read the rest of this entry »

What is a Farmer?

Farmer Looking At Crop Everett Griner talks about the concept of the farmer in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Squishy Tomatoes

Senior woman choosing her tomatoes in supermarketCathy Isom fills us in on what scientists now know about why tomatoes get squishy, so quickly. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

Vilsack on dairy program, cheese purchase


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack talks with AgNet Media on cheese purchase, extension of dairy MPP

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture announces plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories and to extend the deadline for enrollment in the dairy Margin Protection Program, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks with AgNet Media News Director Sabrina Hill to explain the programs.

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Peanut Crop Rating Slightly Below Last Year

peanuts-peggingUSDA’s weekly crop progress report indicates the U.S. peanut crop is rated slightly below where it was this same week last year. Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Food Bloggers Learn about Florida Beef Industry

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Checkoff was busy this past weekend working with a group of food bloggers. In this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council said she was pleased with the event.

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Alabama Cattlemen to Hold Regional Meetings

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

During the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association board of directors meeting, it was decided smaller regional meetings would be held to discuss a variety of issues to help individual counties. Dr. Billy Powell says the association is putting together these meetings which will be held next month.

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Georgia Beef Board Preparing for Fall Events

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

Georgia Beef Board’s Kaytlyn Malia says the board is already preparing for a couple of big fall events. And like in years past, the board is asking cattlemen and cattlewomen across the state who would like to help to let it know by calling the office in Macon at 478-474-1815.

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