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Better Yields


Record yields are being reported. Everett Griner explains.


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AgNet This Week: Earth Day; Slow Start for Crops

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features a report on Earth Day and details on the slow start for crops this year. To learn more about these topics and much more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Agricultural Groups Supporting Genetically Modified Labeling Bill

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was introduced in the House last week, and is getting wide support from agricultural organizations.


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Slow Start for Crops

Tyron Spearman
Weather conditions this spring have caused a slow start for most crops across the Southeast. Tyron Spearman has more on that story.


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Talking Alabama Beef with Food Prep Class

Erin BeasleyErin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association explains how a recent classroom talk she took part in was really a great opportunity for the beef checkoff program in Alabama in getting the beef message out to students.


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Looking Ahead at Florida Beef Month

Ashley HughesEach year the beef industry promotes the grilling season, and thus Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says May is a great time to celebrate Florida Beef Month.


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Georgia Beef Board Awarded Grant Extension

Suzanne BentleyThe Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley is excited about the extension of funding from the Federation of State Beef Councils, which will allow another Beef 101 tour to be held.


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USDA Supporting Water Quality Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. Tyron Spearman looks at how that affects rural communities here in the Southeast.


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Concerns with Plans to Cut Livestock Biogas

The Obama Administration released a plan back in March to cut livestock biogas by a quarter by 2020, but one Senator has concerns with that plan.


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The Importance of Earth Day to Agriculture

Earth DayToday’s celebration of Earth Day is obviously important to all of us, but according to Janet Grabowski with the Florida NRCS, it has particular meaning to our farmers and ranchers.


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Georgia Grown to Gain Renowned Chef

Gary Black
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is excited about a new effort to further the popular Georgia Grown program.


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Changing Choices


Everett Griner lets us know what the #1 ranked meat is. A hint, it isn’t beef.


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Blueberries for Brain Health

blueberriesA new study has found that eating blueberries reduces the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease and may protect human brain performance.


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Alabama Attorney General Proud of Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit

Luther StrangeAlabama Attorney General Luther Strange says it takes a specialized unit to fight the unique crimes that often occur in rural areas.


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Not Ideal Yet for Planting Peanuts and Carryover Important to Peanut Market

Tyron SpearmanCurrent conditions are not allowing this to be an ideal time just yet for planting peanuts. Tyron Spearman has more on that story along with information about the carryover of peanuts and how important that is to the market.

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Department of Commerce to Investigate Mexican Sugar Subsidies

DOCThe U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will indeed initiate an investigation to determine if the Mexican government has subsidized Mexico’s sugar production and whether that sugar is being dumped into the U.S. market.


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Signup Now for Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Dr. Todd ThriftThis coming Friday, April 25th, is the deadline for early signup for the 63rd Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course. University of Florida’s Dr. Todd Thrift encourages producers to attend.


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Georgia Cattlemen Taking Spring Tour

Josh WhiteThe “Tour of the Heartland” is taking place this week for a few members of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association as Josh White says they leave for their spring tour on Tuesday.


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Updates to Meat and Dairy Forecasts

USDA recently updated their meat and dairy production and price forecasts.


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Soybean Farmers Can Request Referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Forms may be obtained by clicking here.

High Price of Orange Juice

Allen MorrisMany consumers are concerned that orange juice prices have skyrocketed to their highest point in two years. Economist Allen Morris, vice president sales and marketing for Blue Lake Citrus Products, says there is a simple answer to the high prices, but no simple solution to it.


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A Look a the Current Cotton Market

Gary Adams
Gary Adams, vice president of economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council, explains the factors that affect the numbers in USDA’s latest cotton reports.


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Florida House and Senate Budgets Show Big Differences

As The Florida Legislature heads back to work this week, members have a lot of work to do to pass a final budget before the end of the legislative session.


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Strong Start for Beef and Pork Exports to Mexico

U.S. beef and pork exports to Mexico posted very strong results in early 2014, despite concerns about tight supplies and rising U.S. meat prices. Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation has more.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Fresh From Florida On the Menu

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the new “Fresh From Florida” On the Menu program, which allows qualifying restaurants to use the “Fresh From Florida” logo on their menus to identify meals made with fresh, locally-grown produce and seafood.

To see a list of participating restaurants, click On the Menu.


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

SNAP it Up


Helping the poor is a costly program. Everett Griner explains.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending April 18th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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U.S. Sugar Completes 83rd Annual Sugarcane Harvest Season

This is a release from the U.S. Sugar Corporation:

Clewiston, FL – April 17, 2014– U.S. Sugar Corporation completed its sugarcane harvest operations early Thursday morning, and the Clewiston Sugar Factory is expected to grind out later today and finish liquidating* sugar on Saturday. U.S. Sugar completed its 83rd season during a year that featured far better than industry safety records across the Company and state-of-the-art technology as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Legislature Has 2 Weeks Left

Sam ArdWhen Florida lawmakers return to work next Monday, they will be heading into the final stretch of this year’s legislative session. Sam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, knows part of what they will be doing is hashing out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.


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Discussing Herbicide Use in Peanuts and American Peanut Council Receives Funds

Tyron SpearmanA discussion took place this past week concerning what herbicides peanut farmers used most. Tyron Spearman has more on that story, along with news about export funding that has come in to help the American Peanut Council.

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