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Farmers, thanks for freeing us to do other things

It too often goes unnoticed, talked about and is far too often taken for granted: the United States has food -- an abundance of safe, affordable food at a volume never before known by mankind.

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Kentucky producer talks about why he invested in on-farm grain storage

In the past four years, Lee Robey has nearly doubled his grain storage capacity. “It does give you flexibility, and in most cases, futures prices and basis will pay for your storage costs and facility maintenance."

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What does new weakness in cotton market mean?

Cotton prices will not stay at these lowest of levels very long because the supply side will retract and this, assuming demand remains solid or improves, and should eventually pull prices back up. Will we see 80-cent cotton for 2015? Not likely. Will prices stay in the low 60s? Not likely.

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Is it profitable to reduce cotton seeding rates?

“The reason we became interested in this primarily is because cotton seed no longer is $50 to $100 per bag, it’s gone up to $500 to $600 per bag."

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December to bring warmer, wetter weather to Southeast

Based on the outlooks for temperature and precipitation from the Climate Prediction Center, it looks like the weather may be changing early in December to something warmer and wetter.
Content Classification:  Curated

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Fruit, vegetable industry not impressed with immigration executive order

President Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation doesn’t address the issue of an agricultural workforce. Growers still need a solution to help them gain access to a stable and secure workforce.

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Gary Adams will be next National Cotton Council president, CEO

Gary M. Adams will be the next president and CEO of the National Cotton Council of America, the organization that represents all seven segments of the U.S. cotton industry.

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For a job with a future, look to agriculture

“The report describes with specific statistics what we’ve long heard from our industry partners, that they can’t find enough qualified professionals to fill vital jobs."

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Georgia’s 2014 pecans: smaller nuts, bigger price, growing market

Georgia’s pecan crop this year looks to bring 70 million pounds to market. As harvest rolls on, small nut size has been a problem due to tough summer weather, but the weather did help the crop, too.
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Alabama farm bill education meetings set for December

To help Alabama farmers understand the ins and outs of 2014 Farm Bill programs, Alabama Extension will hold a series of informational meetings in December.

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Virginia Farm Bureau identifies critical issues for 2015

Farm Bureau producer members across Virginia are gearing up to discuss critical issues with state legislators in order to bring them up to speed for the 2015 Virginia General Assembly. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has organized regional meetings for farmers and their state senators and delegates in November and December.

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UT AgResearch announces 2015 field day schedule

University of Tennessee AgResearch has released the 2015 field day schedule, which includes 11 field days and five special events. Field days are held at the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout the state. These events offer farmers, ranchers, gardeners and the general public a chance to see research findings, learn from university and industry experts and network with peers.

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Agricultural alumni group honors five for contributions

This year’s Hall of Honor inductees are Eric Cates of Greenville, Milborn Chesser of Fyffe and A.W. “Buck” Compton of Nanafalia. Pioneer Awards will be presented to the families of the late William Dumas and Claude Moore, both of Auburn.

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North Carolina launches AgBio[sphere] initiative

North Carolina has launched a new economic development platform naming the state as the “AgBio [sphere], the complete ecosystem for ag biotechnology” that seeks to educate prospective agricultural biotechnology ventures about North Carolina’s ag biotech assets while streamlining market entry for research and business interests.

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Thrips becoming reliable pest for Georgia peanut producers

"This year, the thrips pressure was pretty heavy, and we saw results from both treatments. I don’t know if I can say right now if one was better than the other."

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Peanut farmers, don’t get ‘complacent’ with tomato spotted wilt virus

“In the past couple of years, we’ve seen an increase, certainly not to the level it was in 1995 or 1997, but I’m seeing more and getting more reports from growers of tomato spotted wilt virus. We’re not exactly sure why."

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SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 8-11 in Savannah

The SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is January 8-11, 2015 and will be at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The event features three days of educational workshops and seminars, a two-day trade show and many networking opportunities.

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Armyworm damage to Bt corn creates mystery

In fall 2013, Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on?

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Look for periods of volatility in 2015 beef cattle market

“There will likely be periods of cattle price volatility when markets react to the many factors affecting beef prices."

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Georgia Peanut Farm Show set for Jan. 15 in Tifton, Ga.

Make plans now to attend the 39th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference scheduled for Jan. 15, 2015, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga. The one-day show is open to all farmers and industry representatives and free.

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