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Florida DEP Surpasses Goal to Sell $40 Million in Land Sales to Benefit Conservation

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Urged to Flood the EPA with Comments

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.


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To make comments go to the ACA website at bamabeef.org.

Cattlewomen Holding Beef Tour in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

A few Mom’s will get a chance to learn more about the beef industry in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says an event will take place, thanks to the beef checkoff and the American National Cattlewomen, to promote the industry in Florida.


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Georgia Beef on the Radio

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

This weekend, the beef message will go out to many consumers in the Atlanta area through a radio show. And best of all, Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they won’t need checkoff dollars to do this.


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Harvest Note to Separate Peanuts

Due to the problems many dry land peanuts are expreiencing this year, Tyron Spearman reports that farmers are being urged to make sure they separate those from irrigated peanuts.


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Georgia Peanut Tour Starts Today

Joe Boddiford

Joe Boddiford

The annual Georgia Peanut Tour kicks off today as a variety of stops will be made over the next 3 days, with one of those being at Joe Boddiford’s farm in Sylvania. Tyron Spearman has more.


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To follow along with the Georgia Peanut Tour this week go to www.georgiapeanuttour.com.

Farm Bill Help for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA programs connected to the Farm Bill are designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with some of their greatest needs. With more on that, here’s Rod Bain.


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Drone Development

Remote Control Helicopter Crop Dusting

Remote Control Helicopter Crop Dusting

Everett Griner talks about drone questions still pending in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Announces Conservation Projects Through NRCS

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.

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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.

“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »

Record Crops Lead to Lower Prices

corn-fieldThe forecasts are for record corn and soybean crops this year, but as Cindy Zimmerman reports, that is also leading to lower prices.


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Georgia Cotton Growers Attend Field Day

uga-ctn-pnt-tour-2014University of Georgia cotton agronomist, Guy Collins, was pleased with last week’s Cotton Peanut Field Day at Tifton. And he talks about how important the Georgia Cotton Commission is to the research projects they conduct on these plots each year.


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Dairy Farmers Reminded to Look at New Risk Management Program

A little over two weeks ago USDA announced the start of the new risk management program for dairy farmers. The Dairy Margin Protection Program will allow dairy farmers to take steps to protect their business from economic risks beyond their control.


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More Corn and Soybeans

When USDA released its September crop report last week, it showed we are on track to produce both a large corn and soybean crop this year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding One More Regional Event

aac-logoThe Alabama Agribusiness Council invites anyone interested to join them for the last of the 3 regional events in Selma this coming Thursday.


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To learn more go to www.alagribusiness.org.

U.S. Potato Exports Continue Strong Growth

According to the United States Potato Board, the value of potato exports in the marketing year that ended in June 2014 reached over $1.7 billion, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous marketing year.


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Georgia Peanut Tour Starts Tomorrow

Bob Kemerait

Bob Kemerait

Bob Kemerait is the chairman of the 2014 Georgia Peanut Tour which kicks off tomorrow, an event he is looking forward to taking part in. Tyron Spearman has more.


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To learn more go to gapeanuts.com.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FL Energy Tax Holiday

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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 upcoming sales tax holiday on select ENERGY STAR and WaterSense energy and water-efficient products, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

To learn more, click Energy Tax Holiday.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference and Allied Trade Show

brahmaherdThe University of Florida/IFAS invites cattle ranchers to attend the Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference and Allied Trade Show November 20 in Ocala.


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To register and learn more click here.

Putnam to Speak at FFVA Convention This Week

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is scheduled to speak this week at the annual Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s convention in Naples.


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Added Flavor

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about how why our meat taste different in our meat in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 12, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending September 12th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food verses Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While the food verses fuel debate continues in many circles, Cindy Zimmerman reports that corn prices are down, but food prices are not.


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Okaloosa County Farm Bureau Names Farm Family of the Year

Hughdon and Joan Holley

Hughdon and Joan Holley

Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014—Hughdon and Joan Holley have been farming 47 years, most of them while they worked fulltime jobs. They have since retired, but not from what they love to do. And next week Okaloosa County Farm Bureau will recognize them officially as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year for their innovation in farming and conservation.

The Holley’s started with 125 acres in the Beaver Creek Community of Okaloosa County growing corn, soybeans, Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack on Beef Checkoff Matter

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

We told you earlier this week that the National Farmers Union Board of Directors had voted to withdraw from the Beef Checkoff Working Group. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the NFU on ways to possibly amend the beef checkoff program, as Rod Bain has the story.


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Pork Producing Countries Want Tariffs Out of TPP

The National Pork Producers Council notes that top pork producing nations want tariffs out of the Trans Pacific Partnership talks.


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Citrus Land Sales and Prices

Recent sales of citrus land in Florida are summarized in a recent “Lay of the Land” report issued by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland. The range of sale prices is described.


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Meat Production Forecasts Reduced

USDA released its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates for September, and when it comes to the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section, the forecasts for total meat production in both 2014 and 2015 were reduced from last month.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!

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