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Putnam Action Gives Citrus More Psyllid/HLB Protection

Michael Rogers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week gave citrus growers more ammunition in the fight against psyllids and the HLB they spread by declaring an exemption for an insecticide’s use on bearing trees. University of Florida entomologist Michael Rogers reports.

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No Change in Peanut Price and Delays in Argentina Peanut Harvest

Tyron SpearmanThere were no changes in this week’s peanut posted price but there have been some delays with Argentina’s peanut harvest. Tyron Spearman has an update on both of those stories.

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Soybean Growers Welcome Introduction of Federal GMO Labeling Legislation

This is a release from the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (April 9, 2014) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Read the rest of this entry »

Drop Continues to Plague Citrus Growers

Southeast AgNet's Ernie NeffUSDA’s National Ag Statistics Service has released their April Citrus Report. Southeast AgNet’s Ernie Neff has a brief synopsis of the lowered numbers.

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Estimated Timeline for Farm Bill Implementation for Crops

Gary Adams
Dr. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, gives his thoughts on the implementation timeline for crop programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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USDA Citrus Crop Forecast: Another 4 Million Box Drop in Valencia Oranges

 Max Lord, USDA Ag Statistics Service, reported the citrus crop numbers for April. The Valencia orange crop reflects a decrease of 4 million boxes, or 4 percent. Lord discussed the decline in Florida. The size and drop surveys showed that the final droppage is 31 percent this year, which is the highest of any non-hurricane, non-freeze season since the 1969-70 season. The final size is slightly above last month’s projection. It requires 240 pieces of fruit to fill a 1 3/5 bushel box and it is the second smallest fruit size in series dating back to 1960-61 surpassing only that of the 1976-77 freeze season.

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Free BQA Certification Ends April 15th

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know that April 15th is the deadline to become BQA certified for free? In our weekly getting to know your beef checkoff, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dan Thomson with Kansas State University explains how it works and why it’s important for cattle producers to become certified.

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Questioning Disaster Program Help for Pork Producers

Senator Chuck GrassleySignup starts next week for disaster assistance under the restored programs in the Farm Bill. But there are some who question whether pork producers can receive help under these programs, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.

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UF/IFAS Names Irani Family, Youth and Community Sciences Chairwoman

Tracy IraniGAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 15-year UF/IFAS faculty member and administrator has been named chairwoman of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Tracy Irani’s appointment is effective April 11, said Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF. Read the rest of this entry »


Today Everett Griner tells us of memories of early farming.

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AgNet This Week: Planting Changes; Peanut Stocks, Vidalia Pack Date

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on how Southeastern farmers may still change planting decisions, a look a declining peanut stocks and the enforcement of the Vidalia onion pack date. To learn more about these topics and much more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Citrus Root Systems Addressed at Institute

Citrus growers learned much about taking care of the underground portion of the tree during Tuesday’s Citrus Growers’ Institute at Avon Park.

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Georgia Cotton Commission Unveils Updated Website

Chris ChammounOne of the first projects the Georgia Cotton Commission’s new Director of Public Affairs, Chris Chammoun, tackled was the updating of their website.

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Florida Beef Council Hosting Farm to Fork Tour

Ashley HughesThe Florida Beef Council is hosting another Farm to Fork Tour this week, an event Ashley Hughes is looking forward to as past tours have been very successful.

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New Farm Bill is Good for Farmers’ Conservation Needs

Russell MorganThe new 2014 Farm Bill includes lots of changes from the 2008 version in the area of conservation, and Florida NRCS State Conservationist Russell Morgan says they are all good.

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Alabama Beef Checkoff Provides Training for Retailers

Erin BeasleyErin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about a recent event where the Beef Checkoff in their state was able to provide training for a group of retailers.

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Preparing for Georgia Beef Month

Suzanne Black
Suzanne Black with the Georgia Beef Board is hoping county Cattlemen’s Association chapters will be a part of June Beef Month this year in Georgia.

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Still Hope for Immigration Reform this Year

GFFVA's Charles Hall During this mid-term election year, many in the industry question if there is any chance that immigration reform could still come to fruition. Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Executive Director Charles Hall believes there is still some small hope.

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One More Week for Free BQA Certification

www.mybeefcheckoff.comFor a second year, your checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program is giving you the chance to become certified for free thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. along with the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. But you only have one week left to take advantage of this free offer as it ends April 15th.

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To become BQA certified, or learn more about the program, visit

Wet Winter Has Landowners Looking to Growing Season Burns

Tim Albritton
Alabama’s wet winter dampened many landowners’ plans to prescribe burn, which according to State Forester for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Tim Albritton, has some looking at growing season burns.

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Buffalo Wings

Buffalo WingsBuffalo wings are a popular snack that every true sports fan knows well, but they were actually invented 50 years ago, by accident.

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Well Kept

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner talks about resolutions, and what farmers must do to keep theirs.

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Update on Progress of Farm Bill Implementation

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says every USDA agency is working diligently to implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s new provisions quickly and effectively.

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NCBA Statement on Announced Bilateral Trade Agreement

This is a release from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – In response to the announcement of a Bilateral Trade Agreement reached between Australia and Japan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, a Victoria, Texas cattleman, issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. Read the rest of this entry »

UGA Farm Bill Training Sessions Continue

There will be more farm bill training sessions in Georgia this week, as Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Florida Dairy Production Conference is Wednesday

The 50th Florida Dairy Production Conference is coming up this Wednesday, April 9th at the Alto Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville.

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Production Issues, Clark Profile in April Citrus Industry

Jay Clark

The April issue of Citrus Industry magazine addresses many important production issues. Topics include foliar nutritional sprays, Asian citrus psyllid and leaf miner control, integrated canker management and summer production practices. There’s also a profile of former citrus commissioner Jay Clark, who discusses the Citrus Commission’s future, HLB and other issues in this report.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Consumer Protection Proposals for Charitable Giving

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about proposed legislation that would provide stronger measures to protect Floridians from deceptive and misleading charities.

More information is available online by clicking on Consumer Protection for Charitable Giving.

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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.


Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Is our food supply fully protected? Everett Griner discusses this today.

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