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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Update

Other than a couple of potential hot spots, much of the country is noting very good to excellent pasture and rangeland conditions.

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Helping to Reduce Citrus Fruit Drop

Fruit drop linked to HLB has drastically reduced Florida citrus crops the past couple of seasons, but work has been underway to help growers with this problem.

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FDACS Accepting Applications for 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants your nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.

Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture. Recipients of the Woman of the Year in Agriculture award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism and agricultural education and outreach. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Takes Next Step to Modernize Poultry Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its proposed rule to modernize the U.S. poultry inspection system to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.

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“Family” Farm

Farm FamilyEverett Griner talks about the definition of the “family” farm in today’s Agri View.

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USDA Announces Results of Soy Checkoff Request for Referendum Vote

ST. LOUIS (July 15, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results of the request for referendum on the Soybean Research and Promotion Program (soy checkoff). USDA received 355 request-for-referendum forms, of which only 324 were valid, from Farm Service Agency offices. The 355 forms represent 0.06 percent of all eligible U.S. soybean farmers. That result falls short of the 10 percent needed to prompt a referendum. Read the rest of this entry »

Learning More about the Hotdog

hotdogThere have always been questions as to just how the hotdog got it’s start, but Cindy Zimmerman has information today which hopefully answers some of those.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: Comments Needed; Immigration Reform Unlikely

AgNet This Week

Producer comments are needed on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and immigration reform is unlikely to happen this year. These are a few of the items covered in today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

No Change to Peanut Price and Questions about Cotton Prices

There are no changes to the peanut posted price this week, as Tyron Spearman has that update. He also has a story concerning cotton prices and how some are questioning what’s happened to them.

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California Narrowly Avoids Snail Catastrophe, Florida Still at Risk

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African Land Snail

African Land Snail

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is warning Floridians in Miami and at other ports to be on the lookout for Giant African Land Snails, after it was reported Monday that inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscated 67 of the invasive, destructive snails this month.

Giant African Land Snails – known as GALS for short – were detected in Florida in 2011. Scientists consider GALS to be one of the most Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Crop Faring Well

According to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service weekly crop progress and condition report, the cotton crop across the belt is faring much better than it did at this time last year.

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Florida Beef at Dieticians Conference

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes has been attending the annual Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale this week, as she talks about how beef has been a part of the program.

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Georgia Beef Board Ready for Summer Conference

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will attend next week’s Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s Summer Conference, as they will be able to hear from the Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Continues

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that you have until August 1st to nominate your favorite steak restaurant in this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest.

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That’s COOL

COOL meat counterEverett Griner talks about Country of Origin now being law in today’s Agri View.

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The Future is Bright for Agriculture

One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.

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Heading to China and Possible Crop Records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending a representative to China. Tyron Spearman has that story along with details on how we could see records this year fro a couple of crops.

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Farm Bill Implementation Continues

USDA continues the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, including provisions providing new risk management options to farmers and ranchers.

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Highlights from Latest USDA Crop Reports

USDA released another round of their crop forecasts for this year, as Gary Crawford has some of the highlights.

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Florida Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.

“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of Read the rest of this entry »

Producer Comments on Waters of the U.S. Needed

Scott George

Scott George

There was a lot in the news last week concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. And National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Immediate Past President Scott George urges producers to comment on this rule.

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Researchers Find Helpful Solution for Pickle Producers

The U.S. pickle industry faces growing environmental issues with disposing of the salty brining solution that turns cucumbers into pickles. But USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists have developed a way to help producers replace most of their pickling salt with Read the rest of this entry »

Post-Bloom Fruit Drop Survey Reminder

Citrus growers and production managers are being reminded of the Post-Bloom Fruit Drop Survey currently underway.

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To go to the survey click here.

Moving Legislation Forward to Rein in EPA

A House Subcommittee approved legislation last week to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nine-percent.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom 2014


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about “Operation Outdoor Freedom,” celebrating its third year of events.

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GMO Crops

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about GMO crops continuing to increase in today’s Agri View.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 11th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida FFA Foundation “Swampfest” to Add Huge BBQ Cookoff

Gary Bartley of the Florida FFA Foundation


Last year’s 5K run was just for starters. This year’s Florida FFA Foundation “Swampfest” at the FFA’s Leadership Training Center in November will bust things wide open with a huge added BBQ competition sanctioned by the Florida BBQ organizational gurus. Hear all the details in this interview with Gary Bartley of the Florida FFA Foundation, who Read the rest of this entry »

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