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The Lambrechts are Alabama NRCS 2015 Small Farmers of the Year

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

The Lambrechts of Oakview Farms in Elmore County were named the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 2015 Small Farmers of the Year. To learn more about this CLICK HERE.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Dairy Farmer and Farm Bill Programs

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features details on a new risk management program for dairy farmers as well as Farm Bill programs available through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Fastest Growing Meat Industry

bisonThere is one livestock sector which is being called the fastest growing meat industry right now. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Florida State Land Sale Garners More Than $15 Million for Conservation Purchases

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands closed on the sale of A.G. Holley. The approximately 79.91-acre parcel of improved state-owned non-conservation land was the site of a former state hospital, which closed in 2012. Governor Scott and the Board of Trustees voted to approve the sale of this property on Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Beef Team Ambassadors

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

College students taking part in the Beef Team is something the Georgia Beef Board has worked with for quite some time. But Suzanne Bentley says this year the program will be a little different.


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Florida Beef Council Promoting Free BQA Certification

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida beef producers have a chance to become BQA certified for free. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains
how it works.


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To become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

Alabama Beef Checkoff Works with Influencers

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

In an effort to get the beef message out to influencers who work with beef everyday, Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about the importance of them hosting Beef 101 events.


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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

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Non-Irrigated Peanuts Feeling the Pinch

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The past couple of weeks, Tyron Spearman has been reporting on how dry conditions have been affecting some peanut fields across the southeast. Today he notes how some of those non-irrigated peanuts are really feeling the pinch.


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Vilsack Optimistic for 2015 Ag Trade Numbers

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Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is very optimistic when it comes to ag trade for 2015.


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USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

usda-postage-stampsFour postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!

Joint Tomato Conference Kicks Off Today

Today kicks off the 39th Annual Joint Tomato Conference at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.


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More information can be found at floridatomatoes.org.

UGA Cotton-Peanut Research Field Day Next Week

The annual UGA Cotton-Peanut Research Field Day will be held on Wednesday, September 10. Tyron Spearman has this reminder as farmers are invited to attend.


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Agri View: CCC Update

beeEverett Griner talks about the new update on Colony Collapse Disorder not encouraging in today’s Agri View.


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Produce is Still a Bargain

We told you last Friday that food prices at the grocery store have not risen quite as much as some may think. And today Cindy Zimmerman looks at produce which is still a bargain.


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NRCS Promoting 2014 Farm Bill Programs

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan, associate chief for conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, reminds landowners of some of the programs they offer through the 2014 Farm Bill.


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Harvest Season Nearing for Some Georgia Cotton Fields

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission has an update on where the cotton crop stands in his state as some growers will be preparing for harvest before long.


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National Peanut Board Sets Budget

The National Peanut Board has set their budget for the next fiscal year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Animal Sciences Enrollment at Auburn Is Up

Dr. Wayne Greene

Dr. Wayne Greene

With the new school year underway, Dr. Wayne Greene says student enrollment numbers are up at the Animal Sciences Department at Auburn University.


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Curt Pate Holding Seminar in Georgia

There is an event coming up that cattle producers may want to attend, as Curt Pate will be holding a Stockmanship and Stewardship Seminar September 23 in Calhoun, Georgia.


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To see more about this event CLICK HERE.

EPA Releases WOTUS Proposal Maps

The Environmental Protection Agency released maps detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal last week.


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You can see the maps online at science.house.gov.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

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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 Rural and Family Lands Protection Program which protects Florida’s landscape, wildlife habitat and natural resources while allowing agricultural operations and production to continue.


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

Strong Performance in South Korea for U.S. Beef and Pork

usmefOne of the top-performing markets for U.S. beef and pork in 2014 has been South Korea, where exports have posted strong year-over-year gains. With more on that story, here’s Joe Schuele.


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Justice Department Requires Tyson Foods to Divest Sow Purchasing Business

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced it will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets in order to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company.


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Spreading Problem

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening spreading to other states in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 29th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Farm Income Forecast to Fall This Year

While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.


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Peanut Crop and Export Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman takes a look at some things affecting this year’s peanut crop in certain areas, along with an update concerning a story he recently did about peanut exports.


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