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Everett Griner talks about tomato growers still trying in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Farm Bureau Leader Offers Support for Commissioner Putnam’s Water Policy Statement

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John L. Hoblick expressed his appreciation for the general state water policy outlined today by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam before the House Committee on State Affairs in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Presents Recommendations for Water Policy to House State Affairs Committee

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam presented recommendations on comprehensive water policy for Florida to the House State Affairs Committee today.

Excerpts of his testimony are below:

“Water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida, regardless of what part of the state you are from. … Every corner of the state for various reasons is in some form of conflict. This will be hard. This will be Read the rest of this entry »

Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

From the National Chicken Council:

chicken-wingsWashington, D.C. – January 22, 2015 – With the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving upon us – Super Bowl Sunday – there’s no hotter time of year for chicken wings, which have become a staple food on Super Bowl menus.

According to the National Chicken Council’s Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Healthier Foods

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Some folks wonder where they can go to find information about healthier food choices, and Cindy Zimmerman has the details about a website where you can do just that.


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Rebound in 2014 Peanut Acreage

peanut-fieldTyron Spearman reports there was a rebound in total peanut acreage last year.


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USDA Proposes New Food Safety Measures for Poultry Products

broilier-chickensIn an effort to reduce illnesses from poultry products, food safety officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are proposing some changes in contamination standards and changes in how our poultry products are tested for contamination. Gary Crawford has the details.


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Key Priorities for Cattle Producers this Legislative Session

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

There are some key priorities for cattle producers this legislative session. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says that includes tax, trade and transportation.


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Citrus Industry This Week: OJ Marketing Order; Psyllid Populations

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 a report from the Florida Citrus Commission and information on psyllid counts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Underwater Camera Counts Freshwater Fish, Which Could Help Combat Hydrilla

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

Former UF/IFAS graduate student Kyle Wilson (picture courtesy of former UF/IFAS doctoral student Andrew Barbour)

Former UF/IFAS graduate student Kyle Wilson (picture courtesy of former UF/IFAS doctoral student Andrew Barbour)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A camera can accurately count freshwater fish, even in the thickest of underwater vegetation, a key finding for those who manage fisheries and control the invasive plant hydrilla, new University of Florida research shows.

The finding by UF/IFAS scientists can help researchers understand how many and which fish species are using dense plant habitats, said former UF/IFAS graduate student Kyle Wilson.

While cameras have been used to document fish behavior – including eating and breeding ? this marks the first time Read the rest of this entry »

World Dairy Expo Seeking Nominations for Awards

You have a chance right now to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Program.


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Gone Symbol

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Everett Griner talks about American farm icons vanishing in today’s Agri View.


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Putnam to Detail Water Recommendations

From The News Service of Florida:

news service florida logoWith Florida lawmakers preparing for a potentially major debate about water policy, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will make recommendations Thursday to a House committee. Putnam said during an interview this week with The News Service of Florida that he hopes Read the rest of this entry »

President Touched on Issues that Touch on Agriculture

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford reports that President Obama, in his State of the Union message last night, talked about several issues that affect farmers and agribusiness.


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On-line Tool for Healthier Families

Cindy Zimmerman has information about an on-line tool that’s available to help with making sure your family enjoys a healthy lifestyle.


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More information is available at supertracker.usda.gov.

RCPP Funds Helping Florida Protect Threatened Species

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and four projects were recently approved for the state of Florida. One of those is a $2 million state project being lead by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission designed to help protect threatened and endangered species.


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To learn about RCPP go to www.nrcs.usda.gov.

Beef Producers Urged to Get Involved

www.mybeefcheckoff.comMany have learned that social media is a great way to get your message out. And in our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Kim Brackett, encourages producers to get involved in promoting their industry.


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

Federal OJ Marketing Order to be Explored

Marty McKennaThe Florida Citrus Commission agreed Wednesday to explore the possibilities of a federal marketing order for orange juice. Commission Chairman Marty McKenna reports.


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USDA Proposes New Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. Development of these new standards is a major step in Read the rest of this entry »

National Potato Council Elects New President for 2015

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Dan Lake.jpgIt was announced at this month’s Potato Expo that Dan Lake from Ronan, MT, is the new National Potato Council president.


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Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Has Record Crowd

Despite tempertures in the teens, the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference enjoyed record attendance in Savannah, GA, earlier this month.


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Peanut Exports Down

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The latest numbers show that peanut exports are down as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA Forecasts Slightly Higher Beef Prices

Retail prices for beef may average slightly more than they did in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retail prices set records last year because of tight cattle supplies and relatively strong demand. In the coming year, USDA says an abundance of pork and poultry may limit beef price increases, and recent declines in gasoline prices may give people additional spending power at the grocery store.

Local Resident Talks Her Way to Sweet Sixteen

Keiko Osumi provides a solution to an issue presented to the group during the Discussion Meet competition.

Keiko Osumi provides a solution to an issue presented to the group during the Discussion Meet competition.

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Keiko Osumi used her discussion skills and strong agricultural knowledge to place as a Sweet Sixteen finalist in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Discussion Meet competitive event at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, Jan. 11-14.

Osumi advanced to the national Discussion Meet competition after winning the Florida Discussion Meet in October.

The Discussion Meet is one of three competitive events that give Young Farmers & Ranchers, ages 18-35, an opportunity to display and test their skill levels. It is designed to simulate a committee meeting where Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Ag Commissioner Pleased with Bond Package

Gary Black

Gary Black

As the Georgia General Assembly gets underway with their 2015 session, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black is looking forward to working with the legislators again this year.


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Alabama Producer Elected to AFBF Position

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, the new chairman of the Young Farmer and Rancher committee took his position. And that person is Jon Hegeman from White Plains, Alabama.


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News Service of Florida Has: Five Questions for Adam Putnam

By MARGIE MENZEL
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 20, 2015……….Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam easily won a second term in November and is widely believed to be considering a run for governor in 2018. Meanwhile, he is helping lead efforts to fight diseases damaging the citrus industry and Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Woman of the Year in Agriculture

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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 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture, Belinda Chason.


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To learn more click, 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Beekeeping Boom

honey production process
Everett Griner talks about beekeeping still a growing business in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Helps Track Your Nutrition

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has a way to help you track your nutrition, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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