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Chambliss, Ag Committee Senators Request Immediate Withdrawal of New Clean Water Act Regulations for Agriculture

From the office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) yesterday joined fellow Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in writing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request immediate withdrawal of the agriculture Interpretive Rule to Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could Read the rest of this entry »

APH to Give Farmers Flexible Options

Brandon Willis

Brandon Willis

Eligible row crop farmers have many options to consider when applying for the new Annual Production History yield exclusion. Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis explains.


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Opinions Continue to Vary on COOL

Despite the fact the World Trade Organization once again ruled against the U.S. requirement of Country of Origin meat labeling, there are some agriculture and consumer groups who say the U.S. should not give up on COOL.


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Cotton Producers Invited to Crop Management Seminar

cotton-inc-logoCotton producers from across the Southeast are being invited to attend the Crop Management Seminar, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, November 12-13 in Tifton, Georgia.


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For more details go to www.cottoninc.com.

Comments Needed to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

If you have yet to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority, you are urged to do so before the November 14th deadline.


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2014 National FFA Convention is Next Week

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Water Conservation

Water drop from green leafEverett Griner talks about water consumption rising worldwide in today’s Agri View.


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October is National Sausage Month

nhdsc-logoNational Sausage Month has been taking place all this month, and Cindy Zimmerman has information about this tasty event.


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For more information go to www.hot-dog.org.

Florida Hosts Regional Auctioneer Contest

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The 2015 Livestock Marketing Association’s Eastern Regional for the World Livestock Auctioneering Championship took place this week in Arcadia. 25 contestants vied for a top 10 spot to attend the world event next summer. Jim Handley with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association says it was a fantastic event for the state of Florida.


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Peanut Price Update

Tyron Spearman has this week’s peanut price update.


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A Much Improved Range and Pasture Situation

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

While the drought continues to plaque pastures and rangelands in the southwestern parts of our country, that’s not the case elsewhere. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says their latest report on the condition of range and pastures in the U.S. shows some near record conditions in a few areas.


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Animal Feed Not Likely Source of PEDv

The World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.


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Georgia Cotton Producers Urged to Attend Crop Management Seminar

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

A Crop Management Seminar is coming up November 12-13 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference center in Tifton, Georgia. And Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton hopes cotton producers in the state will be able to attend.


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Commissioner McMillan Declares Friday, October 24th Food Day in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.

This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »

Two New Limpograss Cultivars Released for Select Florida Cattlemen

Limpograss cultivars 4F and 10 experimentThe University of Florida, in partnership with Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., has released two new limpograss cultivars so ranchers can increase the forage variety they feed their cattle.


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Georgia Leads the Nation in Blueberry Production

blue-suede-berries-ga-facesIt’s official…with the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production.

From the University of Georgia:

University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blueberry tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the Read the rest of this entry »

2014-15 Citrus Season Assessments on Commercial Production

citrusBelow is a link to the chart of the 2014-15 Citrus Season Assessments on Commercial Production.

Click Here for the 2014-15 Assessment Chart (.pdf)

Citrus Industry This Week: IMG Citrus Investments; Grower Tax Cuts

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports on IMG Citrus investing in groves and a packinghouse as well as details on newly announced citrus grower tax reductions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Florida’s Award-Winning State Parks and Trails Continue Record-Breaking Success

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Scott announced that more than 27.1 million people visited Florida’s state parks and trails between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, generating nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact. In the year following the state parks system winning a third National Gold Medal in Excellence, record-breaking numbers of visitors were enjoying Florida’s natural treasures and outdoor areas. In fact, more than 1.5 million more people visited in 2013-2014 than 2012-2013. To support this increase in attendance, Read the rest of this entry »

NCBA Wants COOL Repealed

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

This past Monday the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling statute violates U.S. international trade obligations by discriminating against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this brings us one step closer to retaliation by Canada and Mexico.


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Tough Job

agricultural vehiclesEverett Griner talks about agriculture being one of the most dangerous occupations in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Designates 2 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Miller and Seminole counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing More Corn in the South

corn-fieldOver the recent years, we have seen more corn acres across the Sunbelt, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Verdict in on Lawsuit to Enforce Plant Variety Protection

The verdict is in concerning the lawsuit to enforce plant variety protection. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Citrus Grower Taxes Reduced

Florida citrus growers will pay less per box of fruit to support Florida Department of Citrus programs this season.


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EQIP Signup Deadline is November 21 in Florida

usda-logoNovember 21 is the final date Florida farmers and ranchers will be able to signup for 2015 dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And one rancher and citrus grower knows how important many of these programs can be to operations across the state.


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To learn more go to the Florida NRCS website.

Importance of Longleaf Pine Restoration Efforts

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Alabama landowners are being reminded about the Longleaf Pine Initiative through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, explains why restoration efforts are so important.


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More information about the Longleaf Pine Initiative is available on the Alabama NRCS website.

Georgia Launches Hunters Helping Farmers Program

Gary Black

Gary Black

Georgia farmers who are fed up with crop damage due to feral hogs now have some help. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently announced a new program to try and help solve this growing problem. For those interested you can call 1-844-464-5455. But I talked with Commissioner Gary Black on how this is designed to help farmers across the state.


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Putnam Optimistic on Fight against Citrus Greening

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

When it comes to the fight against citrus greening, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam says the Florida citrus industry is going to beat this thing.


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Fresh From Florida Program Gives Members Edge at PMA Fresh Summit 2014

FreshFromFloridaLOGOFresh From Florida Chef Justin Timineri offered up numerous tasty tidbits, once again a crowd pleaser at the big Fresh From FloridaNardizzi-Justin-cook-PMA exhibit area in the huge Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit 2014. Held this week in Anaheim, California, the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida program once again offered its members a great opportunity to work together to attract major attention at the show. It’s the biggest of its kind in the country, attracting a record crowd this year of more than 22-thousand attendees from around the world. PMA’s Fresh Summit gives Check out more and hear the interview.

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