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Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 30, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have a story concerning the various issues of importance to cotton growers in Washington, we look at new technology for the oyster industry which can help fisheries across the Gulf Cost, and have a story about how chicken wings are Super Bowl winners.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending January 30th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Dean Proposes Putting Conservation Money in One Pot

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 30, 2015………. Money that Florida voters want to use for land and water conservation efforts would go into a single trust fund under a new Senate proposal, but lawmakers are still weeks away from deciding how they will use the money.

Sen. Charlie Dean, an Inverness Republican who chairs the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, filed a series of bills Friday that would designate a trust fund within the Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Old Safety Problems with Poultry

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom

Americans love to eat chicken. Cathy Isom reports in an effort to curb foodborne illnesses related to chicken and poultry such as Salmonella, the USDA is proposing new contamination safety standards the processors will need to meet.


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IFAS as a Facilitator of Agritourism

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Can Florida’s two largest industries be put together to produce a hybrid economic engine for the state? The University of Florida thinks so and already has efforts underway, as their Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Jack Payne explains.


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Ag Spending in 2014

Some of the figures concerning agricultural spending from last year are out, and Tyron Spearman runs through a few of those which concern crops grown across our region.


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New “Fresh From Florida” Ad Campaign Starts Monday

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new advertising campaign featuring a variety of “Fresh From Florida” produce and seafood kicks off Monday.

The marketing campaign will air statewide television commercials to promote the state’s Read the rest of this entry »

Appropriations Process Underway in New Congress

nccThe annual appropriations process is underway in the new Congress and Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, Reece Langley, explains how this process affects agriculture.


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NCBA President on Importance of Trade Promotion Authority

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

We’ve heard how the debate in Congress over giving the President Trade Promotion Authority may be a hard fought debate. Various agricultural organizations have come out encouraging Congress to do this, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Their President, Bob McCan from Victoria, Texas, talks about the importance of Trade Promotion Authority in negotiating the current round of free trade talks.


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Citrus Grower Addresses Diaprepes, Fruit Drop and More

John Roy Gough

John Roy Gough

Diaprepes root weevil, fruit drop, irrigation and a possible federal marketing order for orange juice were among issues grower John Roy Gough addressed at a recent growers forum in Wauchula.


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Bills Being Watched by Georgia Agribusiness Council

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

As the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session is off and running Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, has information about a couple of different bills they are watching.


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And a reminder the GAC Annual Meeting and State Legislative Breakfast is coming up next week. More information can be found at ga-agribusiness.org.

Deadline to Apply for Livestock Indemnity Program Assistance Is Today

USDAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds producers that today, January 30, is the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Livestock Indemnity Program for losses suffered from October 2011 through Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Confuses U.S. Soybean Farmers

The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced it will approve an application allowing Argentine biodiesel easier access to the U.S. market.


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Learning Lounge Topics Next Week

Cattle producers are reminded about the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-7.


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Green Pastures

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Everett Griner talks about research producing improved grasses in today’s Agri View.


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EPA Announces Voluntary Cancellation of Certain Methomyl Uses

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses and limit use on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water. From 1995 to 2013, exposure from food to carbamates, which Read the rest of this entry »

Wing Toppings for the Big Event

chicken-wingsCindy Zimmerman has more information about chicken wings and how a lot of people will enjoy them during the Super Bowl this weekend.


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Georgia Cotton Producers Get a Washington Update

ncc-john-maquire-2015One of the guest speakers during the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 8th annual meeting held this week in Tifton was National Cotton Council’s Washington representative John Maquire. He said trade was going to be one of the focuses this year for the Cotton Council, but he also gave cotton producers an update on the various other issues they will be dealing with this year.


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Good News for Peanut Exports

Tyron Spearman reports today there is good news when it comes to the latest peanut exports numbers.


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RCMA Program for Florida Migrant Worker Children Doing Well

rcma-floridaThe Redlands Christian Migrant Association provides quality child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Florida. Gary Cooper recently caught up with Mike Stuart, President of Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, who gave us an update on this unique Florida program.


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MBA 2.0 Now Available

cbb-my-beef-canThe Beef Checkoff has launched Masters of Beef Advocacy 2.0. This program gives beef and dairy producers the opportunity to become true leaders for their industries and agriculture as a whole.


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For more information just visit www.beef.org/mastersofbeefadvocacy.

UF/IFAS 3rd-Annual Photo Contest

uf-ifas-pie-logoWith more than 40 entries so far, this year is shaping up to be the biggest contest yet. You are invited to submit photographs that capture a moment, landscape, product or service that represents the agricultural systems and ecosystems in which they live or work. Contest categories are: Find out how to enter!

Oyster Hatchery Initiative

oystersThe oyster industry has technology in the works that can help fisheries not only in the Gulf Coast areas, but across the country. Susan Carter has the first part of the story.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Grower Concerns; Federal Marketing Order

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 a report from a Peace River citrus growers forum and the pros and cons of a potential federal marketing order for orange juice. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Georgia Cotton Commission Pleased with Annual Meeting

gcc-annual-mtg-2015The Georgia Cotton Commission held their 8th annual meeting, in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop yesterday in Tifton. And Richey Seaton was pleased with the event.


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Report Suggests Four Focus Areas for Animal Protein Research

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is estimating a 73-percent increase in meat and egg consumption by 2050.


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Hand Picked

hands of farmer in action
Everett Griner talks about fruit harvest still a hand industry in today’s Agri View.


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Wings are Super Bowl Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Chicken wings are getting a lot of coverage this week, and Cindy Zimmerman reports that makes them Super Bowl winners.


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No Change in Peanut Price

Tyron Spearman has a look at the current price being offered for peanuts.


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Beef Checkoff Tailored to Meet Consumer Needs

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Donna Jo Curtis from Athens, Alabama talks about how research has helped producers learn what consumers want.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

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