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CBB Vice-chair Pleased with Checkoff ROI

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.


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

Many Southeast Peanut Fields are Dry

According to the latest crop conditions report, many Southeast peanut fields are really dry right now. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »

Wondering about Propane Prices This Winter

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky high prices. And with Fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.


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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Holding Steady

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

According to USDA, 48% of the nation’s pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition which is good news for this time of the year. But on the other end of the spectrum, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says 20% of the nations pastures and rangelands are in the poor to very poor category.


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USDA Raises Price Forecast for Beef and Pork

USDA has raised its price forecast for beef and pork consumed at home this year.


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Waiting for More Greening Research Dollars

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

When it comes to research efforts, the University of Florida IFAS is involved in so many projects including citrus greening. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s something that is really hurting the citrus industry.


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Chadwell Receives Florida Citrus Packers’ Highest Honor

Duke Chadwell

Duke Chadwell

Florida Citrus Packers honored Arthur B. “Duke” Chadwell with its John T. Lesley Award for Excellence, the organization’s highest recognition, during the recent Packinghouse Day.


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Pelting Weeds with New Control Device

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Weed control is a major issue for growers across the country. And while research efforts have been underway to help organic growers, there is something being used that may help various row crop farmers. Rod Bain has the story.


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USDA Continues to Seek Input for 2017 Census of Ag

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.


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To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Farm Numbers

agriculture statisticsEverett Griner talks about how agriculture statistics can be mixed in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Extension Agents Attending Annual Conference

uf-ifas-logoAll this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.


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More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.

Southeast AgNet This Week: WOTUS Viewpoints; Cotton Grower Programs

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features multiple viewpoints on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule as well as details on programs for cottons growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

NPC Calls on EPA to Withdraw Worker Protection Standards

The National Potato Council has submitted public comments calling on EPA to withdraw its worker protection standards proposal.


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Waiting for WTO Statement on COOL

We told you yesterday that the Wall Street Journal had reported the World Trade Organization will side with Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin labeling. But, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement that while the article is notable, the World Trade Organization isn’t expected to release its report publicly until next month.


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Florida Cattlemen’s Association Moving Convention Location

FCAFor many years, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has taken place in Marco Island. But the next two years that won’t be the case. FCA’s Director of Field Services Dusty Holley explains why and where it will be held.


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Alabama NRCS Working with Poarch Band of Creek Indians

aca-esa-perdido-farms-2014The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recently presented Perdido River Farms of Atmore with an Environmental Stewardship Award. Perdido River Farms General Manager John English says the work they have done with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has helped them to achieve the practices they have on their operation.


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Florida Beef Council Learning about Social Media

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council will soon learn more about how social media works. Ashley Hughes says they will be holding a course for those who serve on the council to give them a better understanding so they can hopefully be more involved in telling their beef story.


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Alabama Cattlemen Discuss Membership and Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell was very pleased with the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s board meeting held in Auburn. He says they were able to give updates on a variety of things including membership, the magazine and the 2015 convention.


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Georgia Beef Month Moving Next Year

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board has celebrated June Beef Month for many years, but according to Suzanne Bentley, that is going to change in 2015.


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ROI Study Shows Positive Return on Peanut Grower Assessment Dollars

In the most comprehensive study ever conducted for the National Peanut Board about the Return on Investment (ROI) of peanut assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Board’s checkoff program between 2007 and 2013 returned $8.87 to the peanut industry. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Looking Forward to Field Day

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton talks about the significant investments they make each year in support of cotton research with the University of Georgia. And he hopes growers will join them September 10th at the 2014 UGA Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day at Tifton.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Sponsoring David Ragan at Upcoming NASCAR Race

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

TIFTON, Ga. (August 25, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be sponsoring Georgia-native, David Ragan, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31, 2014.

Joe Boddiford, GPC vice chairman and chairman of the GPC Promotions Committee, is looking forward to the race and the exposure it will bring for Georgia’s agricultural industry; particularly peanuts. “David Ragan is a Georgia native and Georgia is the No. 1 peanut-growing state in the nation,” Boddiford says. “The Georgia Peanut Commission is very excited to have this opportunity to help sponsor him in the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Getting Conservation Education to Schools

USDAAs students begin another school year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is once again providing a variety of educational tools for teachers and students about conservation.


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For more information just go to nrcs.usda.gov.

Unusual Crops

AlligatorsEverett Griner talks about challenging crops for farmers in today’s Agri View.


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Sights and Sounds from Citrus Expo

Take a look at some of the action and highlights from Citrus Expo 2014, held August 13-14 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers.

Many Concerns about WOTUS

streamThere are many folks in agriculture and beyond concerned about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. Cindy Zimmerman has a five-part report on this issue covering what’s being said about it from all different sides.
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Peanut Exports are Down

Reports concerning peanut exports continue to show lower numbers compared to last year, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Cotton Growers Have CTAP Until STAX Starts

Gary Adams

Gary Adams

Gary Adams with the National Cotton Council has more information about the Stacked Income Protection Plan coming in 2015, and the Cotton Transition Assistance Program which signup is underway for right now.


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WTO Rules in Favor of Canada and Mexico on COOL

According to the Wall Street Journal, the World Trade Organization has sided with Canada and Mexico in regards to U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rules.


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