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Southeast Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Decline

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

A decline in U.S. pasture and rangeland conditions this past week was caused by the recent heat wave, and has been more pronounced here in the Southeast that in other areas of the country. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has those details, along with information about possible moisture chances yet this week.


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Commissioner Adam Putnam and VISIT FLORIDA Promote Florida Agritourism

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and VISIT FLORIDA today announced a joint effort to highlight Florida’s growing agritourism industry by adding an agritourism feature to VISIT FLORIDA’s Attractions Finder online tool, which allows travelers to identify attractions that best fit their personal preference. This new feature gives travelers the opportunity to explore some of the state’s diverse agritourism attractions, as well as other Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Way to Connect and Receive Conservation Help

usda-nrcsUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service wants to remind landowners there is an easy way to connect and receive conservation help. It’s called Conservation Client Gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Producers Still Need Rain

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

We told you a couple of weeks ago that the intensive heat and increasing drought like conditions were affecting many dryland cotton producers. And according to Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton, that fact has not changed and cotton producers still need a good rain.


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Cattle Feedlot Placements below Expectations

cattleUSDA’s latest Cattle on Feed Report shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more was 10.4 million head on July 1, 2016. The inventory was 1 percent above July 1, 2015. Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.53 million head, 3 percent above 2015, while marketing’s of fed cattle during June totaled 1.91 million head, 9 percent above 2015. And according to Read the rest of this entry »

Hydroponic Farming

HyroponicEverett Griner talks about hydroponic farming not practical in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Florida State Panel Backs Controversial Water Standards

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

News Service of FloridaTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 26, 2016………. A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida’s surface-water quality standards in nearly a quarter-century, despite objections from environmentalists who argued the new criteria potentially create more health hazards. Read the rest of this entry »

Farming Game Story

farmgame-3Cathy Isom explains how many who have played “The Farming Game®” over the years may not realize the events that led to its creation. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Water from Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Significant Portion of Water from Lake Okeechobee Discharges Has Been Sent South in 2016

U.S. Sugar logoDuring the ongoing media coverage of the blue-green algae blooms and Lake Okeechobee releases, some individuals have been calling for additional land to be purchased to “send the water south.” According to data made available by the South Florida Water Management District, a significant portion of the water that has entered into Lake Okeechobee already has been sent south (40 percent), illustrating that there is water flowing south when the Everglades system has the capacity to accept additional water flow. Simply buying more farm land does NOT equate to more water flowing into the Everglades nor would it significantly reduce the discharges to the estuaries during historic wet events like 2013 and 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Work Is Underway on a New Farm Bill

Bob Redding

Bob Redding

Bob Redding of The Redding Group, who represents peanut growers in Washington D.C., was one of the speakers at last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference. His main topic was the new farm bill, and how preparations are already underway. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Talking Beef at Florida Food and Nutrition Symposium

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 81st Symposium is taking place this week in Tampa. And in this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains what the council’s role is at this annual event.


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Georgia Beef Board to Meet This Saturday

gbbThe Georgia Cattlemen’s Association will hold its summer conference this weekend, July 28-30, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. And in the association’s weekly Georgia Beef Board report, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Kaytlyn Malia says the Georgia Beef Board will be meeting during this event.


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