In this Issue:
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • Alabama Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Avian Influenza
  • Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Cotton Marketing News: New Crop Strength and Outlook
  • Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast
  • 2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights
  • Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun
  • At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?
  • General Agriculture

    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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    Alabama Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Avian Influenza

    Source:  Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

    On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Alabama State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County, and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).

    During …

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    Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin

    This weeks featured video provides an honest look at how cattle are handled at meat packing plants.  Dr Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on humane animal handling, created the “Glass Walls Project” to show people the truth about humane animal …

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    BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill

    The 2016 Florida Water Bill authorized regulations that will affect everyone in Florida.  Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality on their lands for many years on a voluntary basis. But, for those who farm within an area with a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), things have …

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    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Cotton Marketing News: New Crop Strength and Outlook

    Don Shurley, Cotton Economist, UGA Professor Emeritus

    Eighty cent fever is running rampant.  New crop December 17 futures have made a great run and the uptrend is strong.  Support seems to be firm.  New crop cotton has gained almost a nickel since the first of the year.  Currently, old crop May 17 futures …

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    Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast:

    Although not unexpected, today’s historically …

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    2017 Panhandle Row Crop Short Course Presentations and Highlights

    The annual Panhandle Row Crop Short Course was hosted by Jackson County Extension on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Extension Specialists from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama spoke to attendees providing production recommendations and various management tips for row crops farmers. Continuing education units (CEUs) were offered at the event for those with a restricted use pesticide license (Florida, …

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    Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun

    This week’s featured video is a really cool innovation for building or repairing fences, a cordless fence staple gun made by the STOCKade Company in New Zealand.  Anyone who has ever built or repaired farm fences will want one of these tools.  Unfortunately, the cordless model costs $1,379, but even so it is …

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    At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?

    Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economics Regional Agent

    A commonly asked question around sale barns and at extension programs is “Should I sell light-weight feeder calves now or hold them and sell them when they are heavier?” The answer to this question depends on your individual situation. A number of factors including market …

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