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Young Citrus Tree Care Continues to Focus on Psyllids

Lukasz Stelinski

Lukasz Stelinski

Controlling the psyllids that spread HLB remains the best way to maintain young trees, University of Florida scientist Lukasz Stelinski said at a recent Grower Day summarizing HLB research. He discusses what is known about psyllid control, as well as other promising young tree strategies.


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Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent

cattleIn its March Cattle on Feed report, USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service is again noting lower on-feed, placement and marketing numbers.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Concealed Weapon License

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the new options when applying for a Florida concealed weapon license.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Peanut Proud Festival is Saturday

The annual Peanut Proud Festival will be held this coming Saturday and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Turf Grass

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Everett Griner talks about turf grass, a specialist’s crop in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 20, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA Looking to Help Boost State Job Programs

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom


Cathy Isom checks out what the USDA says needs to happen to reduce the number of people needing food assistance.


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Citrus Grower Discusses Future Uses of Aerial Technology

Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Approximately a dozen researchers discussed their efforts to make unmanned aerial vehicle technology work for agriculture in a workshop Friday in Lake Alfred. Attendee Lee Jones, general manager of Gardinier Florida Citrus, says he thinks the technology holds promise for use in citrus in the future.


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Commissioner Putnam, Florida Forest Service Recognize International Day of Forests

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

forestsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service recognize the benefits of Florida’s working forests for tomorrow’s global recognition of the International Day of Forests.

“Florida’s working forests are carefully managed to provide timber products while sustaining and protecting forest resources for future generations,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Florida’s $14 billion forest products industry helps Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Florida Beef Checkoff Legislation

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Week three of the Florida Legislative session was a fairly busy week for lawmakers according to Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. One issue the association is closely watching is the Florida Beef Checkoff legislation, which he says did see some action in the Senate this week.


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Alabama Legislators Wrap Up Week Three

aac-logoWeek three of the Alabama Legislative session took place this past week. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at what transpired during the session and why things will be quiet next week.


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Long-Time FSIS Employee Retiring

Tyron Spearman has information about the retirement of a long-time Federal-State Inspection Service (FSIS) employee.


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BQA Transportation Symposium Registration Open

Josh White

Josh White

All cattle transporters, dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers are being urged to attend The Cattle Transportation Symposium May 14-15 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, provides a venue for industry experts and stakeholders to gather and discuss issues, research, and solutions that directly relate to cattle transportation. Josh White, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association explains.


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ITC Approves Sugar Agreements Between U.S. and Mexico

The U.S. International Trade Commission upheld agreements between the U.S. and Mexico Thursday to resolve a trade dispute where U.S. sugar growers said Mexico was subsidizing sugar production and dumping the sugar in the U.S.


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Georgia State Budget Looks Good for Agriculture

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Budget issues are always top of mind each year when lawmakers meet in Atlanta, and those in agriculture wonder how positions and programs of interest to them will fare. According to Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar, as the Georgia General Assembly heads into the final few days of the 2015 session, agriculture is doing well in the state budget talks.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

Comment Period on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Extended

During the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture’s hearing this week, Under Secretary for Agriculture Kevin Concannon indicated USDA would allow a 30-day comment period extension for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. House Ag Chair Mike Conaway says the report not only went way out of scope in dealing with Read the rest of this entry »

Nuts, Nuts Everywhere

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Everett Griner talks about California tree nuts, a worldwide treat in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association Visits State Capital

Mary Hartney

Mary Hartney

Many folks were in Tallahassee yesterday for the annual Florida Farm Bureau Legislative Day and that included Mary Hartney, President of the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association in Lakeland. Southeast AgNet intern Katie Mcclenny talked with her about the annual event.


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The Farmwoman

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The changing face of farming includes a younger operator, and for this story, a female proprietor. Cathy Isom looks at one farmwoman’s life on the farm.


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Trying to Slow Down Peanut Blooming

peanuts-bloomingResearch efforts are underway to try to slow down the peanut blooming process. Tyron Spearman explains how and why.


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Non-Florida HLB Research Might Help Florida Citrus Growers

Jim Graham

Jim Graham

Florida citrus growers should find food for thought in HLB research conducted in Texas and Brazil. University of Florida scientist Jim Graham reports.


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Little Land Buying in Florida Senate’s Amendment 1 Plan

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 19, 2015………. The Senate doesn’t intend for Florida to acquire much land in the first year of increased funding under a voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at land and water conservation.

The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday released a $714.2 million proposal, which was absent local projects and includes just $22 million for land acquisition, to meet the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida PIE Center Water Survey

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Floridians understand the importance of water as they ranked it third on a list of 10 issues in a recent University of Florida (UF) Public Issues Education (PIE) Center study. The third annual UF study was designed to find out Floridians’ attitudes toward water issues and their knowledge of water issues in the state. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF, says he’s really proud of the PIE Center.


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To learn more about this water survey, go to www.piecenter.com/water/.

Agriculture Committee Advances Bill to Protect Producers from Duplicative Regulations and Permit Requirements

From the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, the House Committee on Agriculture approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 111th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 112th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States.

A 2009 decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erroneously applied the provisions of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting process under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to pesticide applications that were already fully regulated under the Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Workforce Coalition Sends Letter Opposing Mandatory E-Verify

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition has sent a letter to House leadership, signed by more than 140 food and ag organizations, opposing the Legal Workforce Act recently reported out of the House Judiciary Committee.


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WOTUS Discussions this Week

Various discussions took place this week concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Commissioner Putnam Announces Florida to Receive $7.3 Million to Combat Agricultural Pests, Diseases

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state will receive $7.3 million in federal funding through the federal Farm Bill to help eradicate pests and control diseases that affect the state’s $120 billion agriculture industry.

“From citrus greening to giant African land snails and many others, pests and diseases are major threats to Florida agriculture,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “This funding will help prevent the spread of pests and diseases throughout the state and help Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: HLB Grower Day Reports

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 summaries from speakers and a grower attendee of the recent HLB Grower Day held at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Alabama Farmers Federation Celebrate National Ag Day

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance celebrated their roots as they commemorated National Ag Day today with numerous events, including a pizza party.

The celebration started March 17 with a food drive at the home office, where employees donated 1,502 pounds of food and almost $4,000 to the Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB). The monetary donations alone will provide almost 24,000 meals for people in the Read the rest of this entry »

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