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The Metamorphosis and Promise of Captain Citrus

David Steele

David Steele


How an orange-shaped character visiting second graders has morphed into a buff super hero and primary spokesperson for Florida citrus is addressed by David Steele of the Florida Department of Citrus.


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Dairy Industry Working to Meet Consumer Needs

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Many people are familiar with the “Got Milk” campaign, but as Cindy Zimmerman reports, the dairy industry is working to do even more to meet consumer needs.


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Georgia Department of Agriculture to host 2014 “Clean Day” November 12

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

The Georgia Department of Agriculture will host a “Clean Day” Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014 at the Brooks County Extension office in Quitman, Georgia from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Clean day serves as an excellent opportunity for residents to dispose of pesticides that they have been Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSPonte Vedra Beach, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today presented awards to the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting innovative and environmentally sensitive farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »

50 Years of Using Peanuts

Tyron Spearman has a story about a company that is celebrating 50 years of using peanuts and peanut products.


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Bayer Crop Science Produce Innovation Award

Bayer CropScience logoBayer Crop Science is now accepting applications for this year’s “Produce Innovation Award”. Here’s more on the story and how to apply.


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To learn more click on bayercropscience.us.com and go to the “Our Commitment” tab.

Two Florida FFA Chapters are National Award Winners

From the FFA:

ffa-logoLOUISVILLE, Ky.

The top winners are selected in the following categories: Student, chapter, community and outstanding middle school. The nation’s top ten three-star chapters compete for the award in each category. All chapters that receive national three-star ratings are then eligible to compete for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award. Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack on Moving Forward with a Second Beef Checkoff

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that they will be moving forward with plans to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program.


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UAV???

uav-droneEverett Griner talks about agriculture waiting with anxiety for rules and regulations by FAA for the use of UAV’s in today’s Agri View.


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Georgia Man Installed as NCC Chairman

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – Jerry Lane, president of Claxton Poultry in Claxton, Georgia, was installed as 2014-2015 chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during NCC’s 60th Annual Conference held today in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a great honor to take the gavel from Mike Helgeson and serve as the incoming chair for the National Chicken Council,” Lane said. “As an industry, and as an organization, we can be Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween History

halloween-pumpkinMany will be out this weekend enjoying the festivities surrounding Halloween. And Cindy Zimmerman has a look at the history of this annual event and how involving the pumpkin started.


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NCBA Files Comments on Proposed WOTUS Rule

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (and the Public Lands Council) filed comments this week calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “waters of the United States” rule. The proposed rule vastly expands the agencies’ jurisdiction and attempts to regulate all land uses. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, says there are so many issues with this rule, that they are asking the agencies to withdraw it and start over.


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Department of Commerce Initiates Draft Agreement with Mexico on Sugar

From NASDA:

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it initialed draft agreements with the Government of Mexico and Mexican sugar exporters that, if finally adopted, would suspend antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of Mexican sugar. The investigations were Read the rest of this entry »

Big Weekend for Peanut Products

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

With Halloween coming up tomorrow, Tyron Spearman reports this will be a big weekend for peanut products.


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Department of Citrus Scientific Advisors to Meet

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman

The first meeting of a committee that will evaluate the Florida Department of Citrus’ Scientific Research Department will meet November 6. Department Executive Director Doug Ackerman reports.


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Three UF-IFAS Extension Agents Earn National Recognition

From the University if Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three veteran University of Florida Extension agents have earned national recognition for outstanding leadership, diversity and international service. Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary fraternity that encourages professional development for the nation’s Extension agents, recognized Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Producers Invited to STAX-Farm Bill Meetings

The National Cotton Council invites Georgia cotton producers to attend one of two educational meetings which will provide an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan, otherwise known as STAX, and the Supplemental Coverage Option. Coverage levels, expected yields and Read the rest of this entry »

Potato Expo Early Bird Registration Deadline is Saturday

potato-expo-2015The early bird registration deadline for Potato Expo 2015 is this Saturday, November 1st.


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What New APH Yield Exclusion Means to Growers

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Flexibility is the term used in describing the Annual Production History yield exclusion soon available to eligible crop producers. Rod Bain reports.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Antibiotics for HLB and TAP Update

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 antibiotics for citrus greening management and an update on the Tree Assistance Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

USDA Planning to Move Ahead with Second Beef Checkoff

Reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will move ahead with its plans to create a second beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program.


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Meat Prices Up

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about beef, pork and chicken prices still rising in today’s Agri View.


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Supreme Court Weighs Entering Water Dispute

From the News Service of Florida

news service florida logoThe U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether it will take up a water dispute between Florida and Georgia that has high stakes for Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County. Justices are scheduled to discuss the issue, along with other cases from across the country, during a closed-door conference Friday. During such conferences, the Supreme Court decides which cases it will hear. Florida filed a lawsuit last year in the Supreme Court as part of its long-running effort to get more freshwater flowing downstream from Georgia in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Florida has long argued that Georgia siphons too much water upstream for the Atlanta area’s water supply and that a lack of flow downstream has damaged the critical oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. The Supreme Court early this year asked the U.S. solicitor general for an opinion about whether justices should hear the case. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote last month that justices should postpone possible resolution of the dispute until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes a revised master manual for operating the river system.

Visiting a Pumpkin Farm

pumpkin-farmThis time of the year, many folks enjoy visiting a pumpkin farms. Cindy Zimmerman has more information about how you can do the same.


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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Read the rest of this entry »

No Changes in Peanut Market

There are no changes in the peanut market this week as Tyron Spearman reminds us where prices currently stand.


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NMPF Board Votes on Requirement

The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted this week to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program.


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USDA Designates Early County in Georgia as a Primary Natural Disaster Area With Assistance to Producers in Alabama

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Early County in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Seminar; Hunters Helping Farmers

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on a crop management seminar for cotton producers and a new program to prevent crop damage from feral hogs. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Free BQA Certification Ends Friday

Here is a reminder for cattle producers that this coming Friday, October 31st, is the last day you can advantage of becoming BQA certified for free.


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To get BQA certified for free, go to www.BIVI-BQA.com.

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