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Citrus Industry This Week: New Psyllid Management Tool; CRDF Staffs Up

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 information on a new tool to manage pysllids and a report from the Citrus Research and Development Foundation on staff additions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Research Trials to Be Discussed at Citrus Expo

Brandon Page

Brandon Page

Citrus Expo, coming up August 13-14 in Ft. Myers, will be packed with up to date information for growers and others across the industry. As a matter of fact during the seminars, one of the topics to be discussed by University of Florida’s Brandon Page is research trials.


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Many Issues Being Discussed at Cattle Industry Conference

The annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference continues today in Denver, Colorado as more than 600 producers are there to talk about future policy. Many issues are being discussed including one that affects many in agriculture.


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Citrus Greening

asian-citrus-psyllidEverett Griner talks about Texas citrus growers also fighting greening in today’s Agri View.


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Citrus Growers Have another Product to Manage Psyllids

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Citrus growers received a bit of good news this week as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved a 24C Special Local Need label for Baythroid XL insecticide. Dr. Michael E. Rogers, with the Citrus Research & Education Center at Lake Alfred, says this will provide growers with additional pyrethroid options for use in managing the Asian citrus psyllid.


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Peanut Industry Negatives and Positives

One speaker at last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference talked about the negatives and positives in the peanut industry right now. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Wanting More Nutritious School Meals

Efforts have been underway for sometime to see that schools are serving children more nutritious meals. As Cindy Zimmerman reports, some would like to see even more done with this effort.


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Florida Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

Gainesville, Fla.—Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

This year’s finalists are Trevor Bass (Alachua County), Doug and DeAnne Carter (Suwannee County) and Corey Lambert (Hardee County).

The Achievement in Agriculture award recognizes members of Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Involved in Social Media

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff is involved in new efforts to reach millennials? Randy Moody from New Market, Alabama knows that’s something he, as an individual producer, can’t do.


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

Global Growth Committee to Meet at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

usmefCattle producers from across the nation are gathered in Denver, Colorado this week for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And international trade will be a key topic of discussion, especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday. Joe Schuele has the story.


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Southeast Producers Attend Peanut Conference

southernpeanutfarmersFolks from across the Southeast were in Panama City, Florida this past weekend for the annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. And those in attendance included the Executive Directors of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and Georgia Peanut Commission.
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UF/IFAS Extension Youth Development Program Lead Initiative for State Day of Service

From the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »

Court Upholds Previous Ruling on COOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling by a vote of 9-2.


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Orange Juice Drops to 5-Month Low on Weak Demand

From UltimateCitrus.com:

NEW YORK (July 29, 2014) Wall Street Journal – Orange-juice futures slumped to a five-month low on Tuesday as weak demand for the beverage trumped fears of a hurricane damaging Florida’s next crop.

Frozen, concentrated orange juice for delivery in September fell 2.2% to $1.4475 a pound, the lowest closing price since Feb. 19 on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Market Update

cotton-inc-logoWith a look at what’s happened in the cotton industry over the past week, here is a cotton market update with Cotton Incorporated’s Jon Devine.


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The information in this report is derived from public and private subscriber news sources believed to be reliable, Cotton Incorporated and the Cotton Board cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

Weather Changes

weatherEverett Griner talks about climate change or not. It is still questionable in today’s Agri View.


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Ramping Up CRDF Staffing

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Harold Browning, Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) chief operations officer, reports that a business manager has been hired for the foundation. In addition, plans are underway to add a contracted full-time, Florida-based project manager to oversee antimicrobial strategies and opportunities.


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Ethanol is Lowest Cost Motor Fuel

Results from a new report show that ethanol is the lowest cost motor fuel. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Olives a Possible Alternative for Citrus

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

There have been efforts underway for some time to find a possible alternative for citrus. One of those could even be olives, as Gary Cooper has more on that story.


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EPA Administrator Promises to Address WOTUS Concerns

According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.


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Markets Discussed at Peanut Conference

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference took place this past weekend in Panama City, Florida, and Tyron Spearman could be found in his apron fixing grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But he also took time out to attend the various sessions where a variety of topics were discussed, including peanut markets.


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For more from this year’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference click here.

Alabama Junior Cattlemen Hold Roundup

acaThe annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association’s Roundup took place this past weekend, as Cobie Rutherford with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association said it was a great event.


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Georgia Beef Board Planning Ahead

gbbThe Georgia Beef Board met this past weekend while attending the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference. Their Chairman, Harvey Lemmon, talks about what was discussed at this meeting.


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Florida Beef Council Holds Beef 101 Course

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council held another Beef 101 Course, thanks to the beef checkoff. And it was an event that Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Fuel Questions

propane-BBQ BeefEverett Griner talks about the impact on agriculture of propane shortages in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees Announced

From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:

Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.

The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »

China Discussed at Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

One topic during last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City was China. Jeff Johnson with Birdsong Peanut Company, one of the speakers at this year’s event, talked about the issues with this country concerning peanuts and Cindy Zimmerman caught up with him afterwards.


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Hoping to Involve More Landowners in Longleaf Pine Restoration

USDADuring last week’s event recognizing the 5th anniversary of the Longleaf Restoration Initiative, some were asking what it would take to get more landowners across the Southeast involved in planting longleaf pines.


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To learn more about the NRCS Longleaf Pine Initiative click here.

NCBA President Looking Forward to Summer Conference

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Bob McCan from Texas, was here in the Southeast this past weekend as he attended the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Summer Conference.


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For more on the Cattle Industry Summer Conference click here.

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