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Florida House Likely to Pursue Limited Land Buying

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 6, 2015………. A House committee that crafted a newly approved water-policy plan is now looking at how a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars should be used for land management.

Just don’t anticipate a splurge on land buying, such as spending about $350 million on a proposal to purchase Read the rest of this entry »

HM Clause & Harris Moran Seed Host Florida Farm Tour for Ag Journalists

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran Seed Co), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (Harris Moran Seed Co), and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting harvested radish field at Roth Farms

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran Seed Co), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (Harris Moran Seed Co), and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting harvested radish field at Roth Farms

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Two prominent vegetable seed companies HM Clause and Harris Moran brought some farm journalists from the U S and France to the fields of south Florida this week to learn first hand about some of the research and development going on in the field of new product development. The group is working its way across the state’s south end from West Palm Beach to Naples, and will wrap up its tour early next week in Gainesville with meetings and tours at University of Florida and some of its research facilities. Hear Rick’s interview and watch a short video.

USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new Veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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Johnson, Faryna, Updike Join Citrus Hall of Fame

Buddy Johnson

Buddy Johnson


The Indian River citrus region’s Buddy Johnson was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Friday. Also inducted were the late Nick Faryna and the late John Updike Sr.


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Florida Agricultural Tour

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

An agricultural tour is taking place in Florida this weekend, as Gary Cooper has the details.


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Alabama Legislators Kick off 2015 Session

aac-logoAlabama’s 2015 Legislative Session kicked off this week in Montgomery, as legislators returned to town for another year. And Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at how this year’s session began.


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Farmers Encouraged to Beat March Deadlines

Tyron Spearman has a reminder for farmers about some important deadlines coming up this month.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Attend Legislative Conference

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be holding their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 24th through 26th. Colin Woodall, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, says this will be an extremely important meeting.


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Georgia Legislation Introduced to Protect Livestock Producers

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Discussions this past week in the Georgia General Assembly included issues affecting those with livestock to metal theft. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar has the details.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

USDA Collecting Data on Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Researchers are trying to find out the real facts about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Gary Crawford has the story.


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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues

In reaction to a new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Milk Producers Federation said it underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health.


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New Crop Possibilities

Avocado mousse with halved avocados
Everett Griner talks about avocados attracting attention in today’s Agri View.


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Water Policy Flows Easily from Florida House

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 5, 2015………. A plan that would make changes to the management of the state’s natural springs and address drinking-water issues across Central Florida and the flow of pollution in and out of Lake Okeechobee was approved Thursday by the House on the third day of the legislative session.

The proposal (HB 7003), which has backing from the state’s agriculture industry and influential business groups, must still Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the House of Representative’s Passage of Comprehensive Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement in regards to the House of Representative’s passage of a comprehensive water policy bill, House Bill 7003.

“Florida’s most unifying feature is our water, and the House of Representatives has shown great leadership in passing a bill that will provide a comprehensive, long-term and flexible approach to protecting the Read the rest of this entry »

Grocery Price Forecast for 2015

variety of grocery products - vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy, wine
Last year, we saw our food prices rise – in This Land of Ours – by about 2-percent overall. Will we pay more at the Grocery Store this year? Cathy Isom checks with an analyst to find out the answer.


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Guest Host Sums up Issues at Sebring Citrus Grower Forum

Tim Hurner

Tim Hurner


Retired Highlands County citrus Extension agent Tim Hurner guest hosted a grower forum in Sebring this week. He summarizes issues that growers discussed. Issues include psyllid control and postbloom fruit drop.


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BQA Certification Important for Consumers and Retailers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Jason Duggin knows a big reason for producers to become BQA certified is consumer confidence.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida NRCS State Technical Advisory Meeting to Discuss New Farm Bill

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Florida, Russell Morgan, invites producers to attend the State Technical Advisory Committee public meeting next Thursday, March 12 in Gainesville. He says discussions will include an overview of 2014 Farm Bill programs.


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Alabama NRCS Reminder that CSP Signup Deadline is March 13

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Alabama, Dr. William Puckett, reminds farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers the extended general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications will end next Friday, March 13.


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2014 Peanut Prices

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The final numbers for prices paid for peanuts per the individual states that grew that crop in 2014 have been released. Tyron Spearman breaks it down as to who received the most, the less, along with other numbers of interest.


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California Campaign Aims to Reach Backyard Citrus Growers

According to California Citrus Mutual, public awareness could be key in fighting a plant disease that attacks citrus trees. So they will partner with Bayer CropScience on a campaign aimed at reaching homeowners with backyard citrus trees. Growers in California say in order to Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Ag Commissioner On Updating Equipment

Gary Black

Gary Black

As the Georgia General Assembly has moved well past the half-way point of the 2015 session, budget issues are always important to those involved in agriculture. That of course includes Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, who says past dollars allowing his department to upgrade equipment has really made a difference.


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Citrus Industry This Week: HLB Research Updates

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 updates on research projects involving the creation of psyllids that don’t spread HLB and high-density citrus plantings grown in screenhouses. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

U.S. Corn Projections Over the Next Ten Years

corn-fieldWhile some farmers are still considering what crops to plant on certain acreage, Gary Crawford reports that according to new USDA projections, U.S. corn acreage, prices and production may not change much over the next ten years.


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Less Flavor, More Cost

beef steak
Everett Griner talks about the beef industry still changing in today’s Agri View.


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Florida House Poised to Approve Water Plan

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 4, 2015……….The House is set Thursday to approve a measure that would alter water policies across the state, implementing changes that have been backed by business groups and drawn the ire of environmentalists.

House members Wednesday reviewed the wide-ranging measure (HB 7003), which was rushed through the committee Read the rest of this entry »

Obesity Tech

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Cathy Isom checks out how fun technology is helping change bad eating habits.


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New Alabama Peanut Producers Executive Director

Caleb Bristow, left, visits APPA President Carl Sanders (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Caleb Bristow, left, visits APPA President Carl Sanders (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Caleb Bristow from Henry County, Alabama is the new Executive Director for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association. Tyron Spearman has more on this story.


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NCC Statement on McDonald’s USA New Antibiotic Policy

From The National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – McDonald’s USA today announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

The National Chicken Council released the following statement, attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: Read the rest of this entry »

Florida FFA Foundation Beast Feast Set for March 21

ffa-logoThe 12th annual FFA Beast Feast & Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center. We are expecting to have 400-500 guests in attendance.

It takes a lot of work and volunteers to make it a successful event and FFA Foundation planners seek help from those willing and able to get involved.

The one thing that makes this event unique is the food. FFA chapters and their alumni set up specialty food booths serving a variety of wild game and specialty foods. There is also a raffle for a shotgun and a rifle.

For more information see the flyer, news release and contact the FFA Foundation office for more details.

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