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Cotton is a World Market

Berrye Worsham

Berrye Worsham

Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, explains how their efforts continue in markets across seas to create demand for what cotton producers here in the U.S. are growing.


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USDA Conducting Census of Horticulture

usda-logoUSDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Holiday Charitable Giving

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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 holiday charitable giving and how to find information on charities registered to solicit in Florida.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Migrants

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant labor helping America grow in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending December 12, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks healthcare, more farm bill meetings will be held this next week, and we look at agriculture history.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending December 12th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Seed is Where Better Life Begins

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

According to a story from Cindy Zimmerman, seed is where better life begins.


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An ‘Elevated’ Approach to Citrus Freeze Protection

Gary England

Gary England

Gary England, Extension agent in some northern citrus belt counties, describes a citrus freeze protection method commonly used in his area. The technique was introduced by a northern area citrus grower/caretaker who will be inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in March.


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USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Encourages Rural Americans to Get Health Insurance

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.


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More information is available at healthcare.gov.

Overseas Markets for U.S. Peanuts

Tyron Spearman has a look at how U.S. peanuts are doing in some of the overseas markets.


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Bacterial Spot Disease Found in Tomatoes

Bacterial Spot DiseaseFlorida’s tomato industry is threatened by bacterial spot disease.


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Largest School Districts Want Antibiotic Free Chicken

Six of the largest U.S. school Districts will switch to antibiotic free chicken.


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Vilsack Updates Margin Protection Program Sign-Up

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

The Agriculture Secretary says interest in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program is picking up with the sign-up deadline coming next week. Rod Bain has more.


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Florida NRCS Offers New Longleaf Pine Page

Photo by Derek Alkire of a young longleaf pine forest

Photo by Derek Alkire of a young longleaf pine forest

Florida is one of nine states included in USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Longleaf Pine Initiative that gives financial and technical assistance for conservation practices that help restore longleaf pine forests and enhance existing stands. And you are invited to check out their new Longleaf Pine Page, where several folks have generously volunteered to write blogs and there will be features about producers who are restoring LLP.

House Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Funding

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

Yesterday evening the House passed the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, funding much of the government through Sept. 30, 2015. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan says this appropriations bill contained many Read the rest of this entry »

Rising Pork Consumption in Mexico Boosts U.S. Exports

Joe Schuele

Joe Schuele

October meat export results, which were released earlier this week by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, showed another outstanding month for U.S. pork exports to Mexico. In fact, pork export values to Mexico has already broken the full-year record set last year, and export volume to Mexico is on pace to set a new record for the third consecutive year. Joe Schuele has more.


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Pleased with New Grazinglands Education Building at Ona

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Cattlemen, Extension agents and other stakeholders are all looking forward to attending educational events at the new Grazinglands Education Building at the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, is pleased with the new facility and how it all came together.


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More Farm Bill Meetings Next Week

A variety of farm bill meetings have taken place across the Southeast this week, and according to Tyron Spearman, even more will be held next week.


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Old Timey

old farm equipmentEverett Griner talks about farm history in today’s Agri View.


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Celebrating Soils

Cindy Zimmerman has information about an event where folks from many countries will be celebrating soils.


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Georgia Cotton Commission on Adjusted Production Numbers

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission comments on the new numbers released yesterday by USDA, which show cotton production in Georgia will be down a bit from what was predicted last month.


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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA has established a 60-day comment period for the rule. The rule is expected to be available in the Federal Register and regulations.gov on Friday, Dec. 12. Beginning Friday, public comments can Read the rest of this entry »

Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – Dec. 11, 2014 – The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and Read the rest of this entry »

AL NRCS Updates Work Through EWP

Diane Guthrie

Diane Guthrie

State Conservation Engineer for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Diane Guthrie, has an update concerning work that has taken place across Alabama through the Emergency Watershed Protection program this year.


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Florida NRCS Archaeologist Works with Indian Tribes

Shannon Dunn

Shannon Dunn

We told you last week that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida had an archaeologist on staff. And Dr. Shannon Dunn talks about some of her work with Indian Tribes in efforts to help them identify cultural sites.


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Winter Feeding Reminders for Alabama Cattle

Dr. Kim Mullinex

Dr. Kim Mullinex

With winter weather already making an appearance, Kim Mullinex, assistant professor and Extension specialist at Auburn University, reminds cattle producers to be thinking about feed supplements.


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More information is available at alabamabeefsystems.com.

Ag Freeze This Season in Florida?

David Zierden, state climatologist for Florida, tells what weather phase we are in and what impact that may have on the likelihood of an agricultural freeze this season. Zierden addressed the annual Winter Weather School in Tavares early in December.


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Georgia State Vet on Animal Disease Traceability Tags

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

The Federal Animal Disease Traceability rule went into effect in March 2013, but Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb says he still gets questions from time to time about what tags are best to use.


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More information is available on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website.

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