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Florida Department of Citrus Director Resigns

Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman resigned Monday after his arrest last week on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and several traffic citations stemming from a traffic accident in South Lakeland.


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Genomic Research to Improve Dairy Production

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA research is aiding the dairy industry by increased milk production and longer lifespans for animals. Rod Bain has more on the story.


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UAV Problems

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Everett Griner talks about a big step in precision farming in today’s Agri View.


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Who Can Farmers Talk to in Tough Financial Times?

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Today, Cathy Isom fills us in on who farmers should talk to — and where to go first — when facing tough financial times.


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Florida Looking Forward to PMA Event in 2016

pmaEach year, more than 20,000 participants throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains come together for the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention and Expo. And for the next two years, the event will be held here in the Southeast.


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Excessive Peanuts Forecast

The latest numbers show we could see an excessive amount of peanuts this year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Earn CEUs at Citrus Expo

citrus-expo-logoThose attending the full seminar program at Citrus Expo on August 19–20 will be eligible to earn a total of six continuing education units (CEUs) toward a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services restricted-use pesticide license. The distribution of CEUs will be as follows:

Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the morning session
Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the afternoon session
Thursday, August 20: 2 CEUs for the morning session

Available CEU categories include Ag Tree, Private and Research & Demo.

Best CHMAs Improve Citrus Growers’ Bottom Line

Ariel Singerman

Ariel Singerman


Participation in citrus health management areas (CHMAs) deemed to be “best” provide a substantial economic benefit compared to participation in CHMAs deemed to be “moderate.” University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman reports.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 17

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, drone danger, cutting edge workplace technology, and a monument designation celebration.


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CRDF Field Trials Update at Citrus Expo

Stephanie Slinski

Stephanie Slinski


Stephanie Slinski, bactericide project manager with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, will be speaking at this year’s Citrus Expo on the many field trials that the foundation has underway.


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Nationwide Recall of Aspen Foods Chicken Products Due to Potential Health Risk

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Aspen Foods stuffed chicken products distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk to consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Research and Education Center Launches Endowment

uf-ifas-crec-signJust like in the commercial groves, HLB is making things difficult in the Citrus Research and Education Center’s research groves. Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, talks about an endowment that has been started to support the operations at the center.


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New Beef Industry Long-Range Plan Establishes Roadmap for 2016-2020

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

DENVER (July 18, 2015) – During the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver this week, 16 beef industry leaders representing every link in the beef value chain presented a plan for meeting aggressive goals to strengthen the beef industry from 2016-2020. The Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force has been meeting since December, 2014.

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Advanced Registration for Southern Peanut Conference Ends Today

southernpeanutfarmersThe 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. But today, July 20th, is the deadline to take advantage of advanced registration rates. Registration is Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bureau Convention Planned for Orlando

afbf-logoRegistration for the 2016 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Orlando will open in October. The convention will be held January 10-12 with pre-convention events the two days before. AFBF convention specialist John Hawkins says Orlando gives the event a family atmosphere to enjoy.


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Costly Business

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Everett Griner talks about farm land, the costliest input, in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 17, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we get the forecast for U.S. cotton production, look at energy prices and what farmers might expect in the future, how careers in agriculture are expanding and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Women Ag Network

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There is a new tool connecting women in agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us what it is and how it works.


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The USDA has created an e-mail address, agwomenlead@usda.gov, for you to share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how the USDA can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. By e-mailing them, you will automatically be added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

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Budgets Limit Forest Service Ability to Greatly Boost Timber Sales

forestsSome lawmakers are considering mandating much more timber sales from National Forests, but does that agency have the resources to do that? Gary Crawford has the story.


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Peanut Price and Loan Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has this week’s peanut price update and also gets us caught up with what’s taking place with the loan program.


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Florida Ranch Receives Regional Environmental Stewardship Award

esap-25-year-sculptureIn the 25th year for the Environmental Stewardship Award Program, seven families, including the Carlton family who owns Bull Hammock Ranch in Florida, were honored this week for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.


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UGA’s Scott Angle Selected to Lead International Agricultural Organization

From the University of Georgia:

Athens, Ga. – J. Scott Angle, who has served as dean and director of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the past decade, has announced that he will step down from his position to lead a global organization that works to alleviate hunger.

As president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center, Angle will oversee an organization that has been Read the rest of this entry »

Putnam Knows Growers Want an Answer to HLB

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many efforts continue in the fight against HLB in Florida, as progress is being made in some areas of research. But Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says we desperately need an answer.


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Lower Gas and Oil Prices Helping Farmers

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Farmers would love to know what they can expect from energy prices in the future and how policy will impact their savings opportunities. Technological innovations in the oil and natural gas industry have allowed cheaper, more plentiful energy across the country. And Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, says we’ve been a Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Changes in the Meat Forecast

In USDA’s latest meat forecast, there were not a lot of big changes from last month, but World Outlook board Chair Seth Meyer says there were a few changes in the forecasts for all categories of meat production for both this and next year.


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University of Florida/IFAS Hiring 40 New Faculty Members

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Thanks to the Florida Legislature, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has the funding to hire 40 new faculty members. This really pleases Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Jack Payne.


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Pretty Food

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Everett Griner talks about a new fad invading organic farming in today’s Agri View.


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Combating Food Myths with Science

myth and reality word cloudToday Cathy Isom helps us figure out what’s a myth about food or actual science.


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FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

From the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified yesterday before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11).

Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Tuskegee University, and the Read the rest of this entry »

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