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Working on Tax Reform

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax reform is a major issue for many in agriculture, and that includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, says that is something they have been working on a lot on this year.


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Slow Start for Cotton Planting

Wet weather across the Southeast has really hampered any ideas of planting at this time. But according to USDA meteorologist Mark Brusberg, cotton planting is off to a slow start in other areas of the country too.


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Final Day of Georgia Peanut Referendum

gpcToday is the final day to get your ballots in the mail for your vote to count in the Georgia Peanut Commission Referendum. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Bee Negative

beekeeper working
Everett Griner talks about beekeepers caught in a squeeze in today’s Agri View.


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ACEP Now Accepting Funding Applications

Wetlands Seagull
Cathy Isom tells us of the USDA program helping landowners protect America’s agriculture – and the fast-approaching deadline to apply for help.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza News; Deadlines Tomorrow

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on bird flu outbreaks and two important deadlines occurring tomorrow. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, April 21

fl-ag-day-2015From Florida Agriculture in the Classroom:

GAINESVILLE – The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.
The book, the title of which is ‘Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry,’ features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries. Read the rest of this entry »

In-shell Peanut Exports Doing Well

In-shell peanut exports are doing very well, as Tyron Spearman has the numbers.


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Commissioner Putnam, Board of Trustees Approve New Conservation Easement in Putnam County

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the other members of the Board of Trustees approved today a conservation easement with Smith Family Farms as part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. More than 200 acres of the Putnam County farm will be protected under the Read the rest of this entry »

TPA Could Be Introduced in Senate This Week

There’s been a lot of talk about Trade Promotion Authority and now, National Pork Producers Spokesman Dave Warner says we could see it introduced in the Senate this week.


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Florida Beef Council Reminder: Free BQA Certification Ending

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Tomorrow, April 15, is the final day cattle producers will be able to take advantage of the free online certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council hopes ranchers who have yet to go through the program will take advantage of this great offer.


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To get BQA certified online for free, go to BQA.org.

Alabama Conducting Beef 101 Events

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

During April, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will conduct a total of four Beef 101 events. Erin Beasley says they are all taking place at Auburn University.


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Georgia Beef Board to Take Part in Peach Tree Road Race

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Last year, the Georgia Beef Board took part in the annual Peach Tree Road Race. According to Suzanne Bentley, they will be doing it again this year.


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Bird Flu Confirmed in First Commercial Chicken Flock

broilier-chickensUp to this week, the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry flocks were limited to turkeys, but as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Gary Crawford reports, that’s no longer the case.


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Dr. John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinarian, says Read the rest of this entry »

Conserve Florida: This Earth Day, We Salute the Soil

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

usda-logoEighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought conditions. During that massive storm, people were forced to crawl on hands and Read the rest of this entry »

Deadline Nearing to Apply for NCBA Public Policy Intern

This Wednesday, April 15 is the final day to apply for the fall 2015 public policy internship for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council. The full-time internship, which begins September 15 and ends December 18, is designed to work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit BeefUSA.org.

Peppered Up

Black pepper
Everett Griner talks about the universal spice, black pepper, in today’s Agri View.


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Repairing the Tree Damage After the Winter Storms

Arborist in a Maple Tree
If your trees didn’t weather the winter storms, Cathy Isom fills you in on what you can do repair the damage.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Referendum Ends Wednesday

gpcGeorgia peanut producers are being reminded they only have a couple of days left to get referendum ballots sent in, as they need to be postmarked by April 15. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, says if you have any questions about the commission’s activities or the referendum to contact him.


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For more information, contact the Georgia Peanut Commission in Tifton at 229-386-3470 or go to www.gapeanuts.com.

Strategic Plan Important for Alabama Agriculture

Gary Lemme

Gary Lemme

The Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan, which Members of a Steering Committee developed, calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government in the state. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why this plan is important to the state’s ag industry.


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Free BQA Certification Ends Wednesday

bqa-logoThe Beef Checkoff program and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. wants to remind cattle producers the free certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program ends this coming Wednesday, April 15.


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To become BQA certified, visit BQA.org.

Wet Weather Affecting Peanut Planting

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Not only has the rainy weather which has moved in across the Southeast affected planting of peanuts, Tyron Spearman reports it also may affect some of the peanuts that have already been planted.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review April 10

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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, better cherry blossoms, an app to fight food waste, and fishing for energy savings. Check out the informative video.

U.S. Expands Meat Trade

usda-logoTwo new agreements announced late last week will allow U.S. beef back into Mexico and U.S. pork into Peru. Rod Bain has the first part of our story.


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USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos explains the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

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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 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Drone Problems

drone searching the countryside
Everett Griner talks about FFA drone regulations forthcoming in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talked about avian influenza, trade issues, possible wet weather conditions, bacon, eggs and potatoes.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending April 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Putnam Discusses Amendment 1 and HLB

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam answers questions about Amendment 1 and HLB; he addressed both at a Florida Land Conference near Orlando on Friday.


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Broker Sees Consolidation of Florida Citrus

Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, discusses consolidation of the Florida citrus industry. His firm hosted a Florida Land Conference near Orlando on Friday.


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