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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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Peanut Harvest Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut harvest is progressing.


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Citrus Veterans Share Stories

Legacy-lunch

Former orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant and the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr. were among topics of discussion when approximately 35 citrus industry veterans gathered at Florida Southern College Friday. Of course, there were also tales of hoeing citrus trees as youngsters. The occasion was the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Legacy Luncheon, touted as an opportunity to see old friends and share industry stories. Orlando grower Jerry Chicone discusses the origins of the Legacy Luncheon and the importance of industry veterans sharing time and tales.


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Helping to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds

USDA and others are backing diversification in how farmers battle the growing problem of herbicide resistant weeds. Rod Bain has the story.


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Consumers Going On-line to Learn about Beef

cbb-my-beef-canDid you know that since April 2014, the new beef checkoff digital advertising campaign has motivated over 1,700,000 consumers to visit the checkoff’s “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” website.


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Citrus Hall of Famer Davis Dies

Joe L. Davis Sr.

Joe L. Davis Sr.

Joe L. Davis Sr., 91, a Wauchula citrus grower and member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. Davis was a pioneer in the expansion of citrus in Hardee County. He served numerous years on the Florida Citrus Commission, including several as chairman.

Comment Period for Part of the Margin Protection Program

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Dairy farmers have until late November to enroll in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program. But comments are also being accepted for a segment of the program which are related to changes in management of dairy operations. Rod Bain has more.


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Fish Farming

catfishEverett Griner talks about catfish farming on the decline in today’s Agri View.


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IMG Citrus Investing in Groves, Packinghouse

L-R: Scott, IMG President Michel Sallin, Christie

L-R: Scott, IMG President Michel Sallin, Christie


Melanie Ressler

Melanie Ressler


Florida Governor Rick Scott and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were part of a crowd at the inauguration Thursday of a new refrigerated distribution facility at the IMG Citrus packinghouse in Vero Beach. In the first report, IMG CFO Melanie Ressler discusses why the company is investing in the facility as well as replanting groves. In the second, Director of Sales Matt Reel discusses the new packinghouse facility. In the third report, Indian River Citrus League Executive Vice President Doug Bournique says IMG’s investments are proof the citrus industry isn’t giving up.


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New Numbers for Bio-tech Crops

There are new numbers when it comes to bio-tech crops, as Cindy Zimmerman has more.


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Cattle Producers Reminded to Get BQA Certified for Free

Josh White

Josh White

Cattle producers are being reminded you still have time to take part in becoming BQA certified for free. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, encourages producers to take advantage of this opportunity being presented by Boehringer Inglehim.


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Revised Peanut Production Numbers

With peanut harvest at the half-way point, Tyron Spearman has a look at the revised production figures for this year’s crop.


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Cotton Board Planning Tours of Cotton Incorporated

Monty Bain

Monty Bain

Monty Bain, Southeast Regional Communications Manager for the Cotton Board, has information about tours they will be hosting this winter of the Cotton Incorporated facilities in Cary, North Carolina.


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CTIC Holds Tour in Florida

The Conservation Technology and Information Center’s 2014 Conservation in Action Tour took place this week in Florida as participants were able to explore the Everglades Agricultural Area. Mike D. stopped by the University of Florida’s Everglades Education and Research Center to talk with some of the folks and has this report.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Crop Forecast Reactions; HLB and Roots

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 reactions to the first USDA citrus crop forecast of the season, information on bicarbonates, and new findings about root growth and root longevity in HLB-infected citrus trees. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Georgia Officials Urge Highway Caution during Harvest Season

Harris Blackwood and Gary Black

Harris Blackwood and Gary Black

As a part of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Agriculture teamed together again to remind motorists and farmers to use caution during harvest time. I talked with GOHS Director Harris Blackwood who said they have been seeing an upward trend in farm equipment related incidents.


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Planters Nutmobile at Sunbelt Expo

sunbelt-planters-nutmobile-Today is the final day of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those attending are encouraged to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission building to see the Planters Nutmobile.


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Drying Up

drought1Everett Griner talks about the drought drying up more than just crops in today’s Agri View.


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Why Specialty Crops are so Special

vegetablesThere is a reason why specialty crops are so special, as Cindy Zimmerman explains.


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UF/IFAS Receives Part of $4.5 Million in USDA Grants for Specialty Crops

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture on two dozen projects to strengthen markets for specialty crops in the state.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services called for project proposals, reviewed them and awarded more than $4.57 million in grants from the USDA. The grants will be used for 34 research projects, two dozen of which will be conducted by researchers with Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Root Growth and Longevity in HLB-Infected Trees

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

University of Florida researcher Evan Johnson reports on interesting findings about root growth and root longevity in HLB-infected citrus trees. The findings have implications for growers.


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WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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NCGA Attending Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Bowling

Chip Bowling

Folks from all across the country are at the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. That includes the President of the National Corn Growers Association, Chip Bowling who is farmer from Maryland. This trip has allowed him to see some crops he doesn’t normally get to see, while at the same time talk corn with Southeast farmers.


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Day Two of Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltToday is day two of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as much better weather is expected. And Tyron Spearman says there will be a lot to see while there.


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4-H and FFA

ffa-logoEverett Griner talks about 4-H and FFA being highly successful organizations in schools in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Good Year for Pumpkins

Pumpkin patchIf you are seeing a lot of pumpkins this year, there is a good reason why. Cindy Zimmerman reports on how this has been a good year for the seasonal favorite.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of Year is from Georgia

Philip Grimes

Philip Grimes

While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.


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