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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 18th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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August Alabama Wildlife School to Be Held in Bibb County

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

Auburn, Ala, July 18, 2014 – The Alabama Association of Conservation Districts’ Forestry and Wildlife Committee will host a Forestry and Wildlife School, on August 21-22, 2014, at the National Guard Armory, 133 Walnut Street, Brent, Alabama.

The targeted audience includes landowners and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat and timber production. Topics include wildlife management, timber management, feral hog control, and much more. The event will also include a tour of a Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Blueberries at Brooksville Ridge in Florida

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

MaryAnn Stein

MaryAnn Stein

GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 18, 2014—Blueberries were not a trendy super food when MaryAnn Stein first heard about growing them in Florida 30-years ago at a cocktail party. But she remembers being very interested. After raising two children and working an office job, with a degree in anthropology and no experience in agriculture, she decided to give it a try.

In 2001 she planted three acres of berries on land she had bought in the 90s as an investment. Starting from scratch, MaryAnn read everything she could get her hands on. Her fertilizer supplier Read the rest of this entry »

Watching Peanut Carryover

Tyron Spearman reports that many are watching the numbers closely to try and gauge what the peanut carryover will be like this year.


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New Disease Hits Georgia Vidalia Onion Crop

Georgia is the only state that produces sweet Vidalia onions. It’s also the only state where onion farmers are tackling a new disease called yellow bud.


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To learn more about this disease affecting Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop click here.

FDOC Working on Retail Movement

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, talks about work involving retail movement.


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Alabama RC&D Involved in Many Areas

Mike Roden

Mike Roden

Mike Roden with the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils says they help people in many areas of their state.


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To learn more go to their website at www.aarcd.net.

Georgia Turf Grass at World Cup

Did you know that turf grass from Georgia was used during the recent World Cup? Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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NRCS Continues to Reenroll Expiring CSP Contracts

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds landowners who signed up in the Conservation Stewardship Program in 2010, those contracts are about to expire and they encourage re-enrollment.


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Milk Production Forecast Lowered

According to the latest USDA forecast, there is going to be less milk production for 2014 than earlier expected.


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Winning Fields at This Years World Cup

turf-grass-soccerThe competitions are over but many people were excited about the 2014 World Cup. That includes USDA and University of Georgia turfgrass scientists, as Rod Bain has the story.


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Latin American Product Showcase in Peru

usmefFor the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Meat Export Federation helped connect buyers and sellers of U.S. beef, pork and lamb products at the USMEF Latin American Product Showcase. This year’s event took place this past week in Lima, Peru. Joe Schuele has the story.


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Plastic Dilemma

cotton wrapped in plasticEverett Griner talks about agriculture being a major plastic consumer in today’s Agri View.


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Being Inspired by Pork

Today Cindy Zimmerman has information about the newest promotion for the pork industry, “Pork Be Inspired“.


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Peanut Checkoff Approved in Alabama and Argentina Peanut Crop Update

Peanut farmers in Alabama said yes to the checkoff in their state as Tyron Spearman has that story, along with an update on the peanut crop in Argentina.

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Bill Introduced to Stop WOTUS Overreach

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House called the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protect Act”.


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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting environmentally innovative farming practices.

“The recipients of these awards have each demonstrated a sustained commitment to conserving our natural resources and improving our environment,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Whether producing milk, growing potatoes or cultivating nursery plants, they have all Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Production Expected to Rise

The latest 2014-2015 U.S. cotton forecasts reflect sharply higher production and ending stocks.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Crop Forecast; Citrus App; Taming HLB

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 the final crop forecast of the season, details on a new citrus app, and HLB research efforts in Thailand. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Federal HLB Funding to Be Discussed at Citrus Expo

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Citrus Expo is less than 4 weeks away as it will take place August 13-14 in Ft. Myers. A variety of topics will be discussed, including federal HLB funding.


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To learn more about this year’s event go to CitrusExpo.net.

USDA Working on Livestock Related Farm Bill Programs

The USDA is working to clear livestock disaster payment backlogs and to put together the new dairy Margin Protection program. Gary Crawford has more.


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Agri-Terrorism

Green rows on the field AgriculturalEverett Griner talks about farmers properly protecting their assets in today’s Agri View.


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House Committee Unanimously Approves Southerland Bill to Rein in EPA Overreach

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval today of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078) preserves the successful federal-state partnership under the Clean Water Act that has regulated U.S. waters for over 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »

National Hotdog Month

hotdogJuly is National Hotdog Month and Cindy Zimmerman tells us more the popularity of this tasty annual event.


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EQIP Still an Important NRCS Program

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

Jason Weller, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, wants landowners to know that all of their programs are designed to help your individual operation.


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Alabama NRCS Helping New and Beginning Farmers

Ben Malone

Ben Malone

Alabama acting State Conservationist Ben Malone with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, has a reminder that funds are available to assist new and beginning farmers and ranchers in helping them develop and maintain economic viability in their farm operations.


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Research Efforts Continue for Georgia Cotton Growers

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission wants growers across the state to know their efforts towards cotton research continue.


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To learn more go to the Georgia Cotton Commission website.

New Research on Aging Beef Value Cuts

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know research efforts have been underway using aging methods on beef value cuts? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dwain Johnson with the University of Florida explains what those efforts have involved.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Various Issues with Crops Around the Country

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

From how certain crops will fare with the new farm bill, to how some crops are even doing at this time is a story Tyron Spearman has today.


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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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