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Dates Set for Florida Special Session

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By BRANDON LARRABEE

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 6, 2015………. Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal Read the rest of this entry »

Grocery Prices

Assorted grocery products
Cathy Isom checks out what you’ll be paying more for and less of the next time you fill up the grocery cart.


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Roberson Elected Chairman of Farm Credit of Central Florida Board

From Farm Credit of Central Florida:

Robbie Roberson

Robbie Roberson

Farm Credit of Central Florida (FCCF) President and CEO, Reggie Holt announced the cooperative’s Board of Directors has elected Zellwood Nursery grower, Robert R. “Robbie” Roberson as chairman, succeeding, David J. Stanford. “Robbie brings great wisdom, and statesmanship to the board. FCCF has been blessed with astute and visionary leadership in the chairman’s position for over Read the rest of this entry »

Lower March Peanut Usage

PeanutsThe latest numbers show peanut usage in March was down, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Beef Ambassador Talks with Consumers and School Kids

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jeffrey Mitchell is the Beef Ambassador in Florida and someone who sees first hand the importance of the checkoff to the industry.


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

UF/IFAS Researchers Bombard Plant-killing Fungus with Silver Nanoparticles

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Deep in the soil, underneath more than 400 plant and tree species, lurks a lethal fungus threatening Florida’s $15 billion a year ornamental horticulture industry.

But University of Florida plant pathologist G. Shad Ali has found an economical and eco-friendly way to combat the plant destroyer known Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Landowners Reminded to Apply for ACEP

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

May 15th is the deadline to apply for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program, and Roney Gutierrez with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, encourages landowners across the state to see what ACEP is all about.


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Peanut Delegation Visits China

Don Koehler

Don Koehler

Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, was part of a delegation that recently visited China to promote U.S. peanuts.


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For more information about the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit their website.

Alabama Landowners Reminded to Apply for ACEP

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds landowners that May 15 is the deadline to apply for current year funding through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.


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Georgia Grown Building returns for the 2015 Georgia National Fair

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-logoThe Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are pleased to be partnering once again this year to present the Georgia Grown Building during the 2015 Georgia National Fair, October 8-18, in Perry, GA. The building, featuring 20,000 sq. ft. of space, is dedicated to showcasing Georgia’s diverse agricultural industry as you have never seen it before. You can find Read the rest of this entry »

Farming Varieties

cattle ranchingEverett Griner talks about cattle farming becoming more demanding in today’s Agri View.


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Spring Cleaning Tips

Chemical waste dump
Today Cathy Isom has some tips on how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals WITHOUT harming the environment.


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Southeast Farmers Markets to Benefit from New USDA Grants

usda-logoFood, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon announced today the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a form of payment.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Conservation Money; ‘Rev It Up’ Challenge

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on millions of dollars of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program as well as a beef checkoff challenge producers can participate in. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New HLB Projects Coming to Citrus Research Panel

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Proposed new research and development projects aimed primarily at helping Florida citrus growers cope with HLB are being considered by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. Foundation Chief Operations Officer Harold Browning reports.


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Banning U.S. Peanuts and China Tariff on U.S. Peanuts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

While one country is imposing a ban on peanuts from the United States, Tyron Spearman looks at the tariff on our peanuts in another country.

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Conservation Compliance Connected with Crop Insurance

USDA continues to remind farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires you to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, with your local USDA service center in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis explains the conservation compliance certification needed and who needs to fill out this form .


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Citrus Grower Sees ‘Evolution’ of HLB

V.C. Hollingsworth

V.C. Hollingsworth

DeSoto County grower and Florida Citrus Commissioner V.C. Hollingsworth discusses the “evolution” of HLB and grove conditions this season.


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CBS News: Drones, Dogs Used to Protect Avocado from Disease

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fdacs-avocado-threat-2015Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is dedicated to protecting Florida’s $120 billion agriculture industry from pests and disease. Laurel wilt, spread by the red ambrosia beetle, is currently threatening the state’s avocado industry.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, under the leadership of Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Month is Underway in Georgia

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

May Beef Month is underway in Georgia, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says it has been busy the past week with its annual media tour.


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May Beef Month Underway in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

May Beef Month is underway in Florida, and Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes is happy with how the month has started off.


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Alabama Cattlemen Pleased with Beef 101 Events

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley has an update concerning the Beef 101 events held in April. She is pleased with how they all turned out.


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Planting Efforts Pick Up

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

It’s been a good stretch of days for farmers trying to get seed in the ground, as ideal conditions for planting have been found not only in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, but other parts of the country as well. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey first has a look at cotton numbers thus far.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Ag Literacy Day

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the 12th Annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day.


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To learn more click, 2015 Agriculture Literacy Day.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Florida Holding Peach Marketing Order Hearings

peaches-floridaEfforts to get a Florida Peach Growers Association up and running are well underway as work is being done towards the possibility of a Statewide Marketing Order for peaches to help to provide resources for marketing and research. Two public hearings have been Read the rest of this entry »

Fish Farming

Fish farming
Everett Griner talks about what we don’t know about imported fish in today’s Agri View.


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Preparing for Floods

flooded house
Are you prepared and know what to do when floods threaten your home? Cathy Isom has some helpful tips to prepare your home in case of a big flood.


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USDA Announces Dollars for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

usda-logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Peanut Industry News

Tyron Spearman has a look at news of interest to those in the peanut industry.


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Fate of Country of Origin Labeling Still Up in the Air

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

There has been controversy around the U.S. country of origin labeling rules for at least the last six years, and we still are not sure about its fate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Gary Crawford has more.


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