Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo Upcoming

AgAmerica to Attend the Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in North Carolina

On December 14-15, the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association will host its 33rd Annual Southeast Vegetable & Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The conference will feature educational sessions discussing topics such as, pickling cucumber production, sweet potato production, tomato & pepper production, seedless watermelon, food safety, and more.Read More

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Importance of Urban Forests Underscored in Recent Study

A recent study confirms the growth of the timber industry despite Urbanization being its biggest threat

As the demand for wood products has remained stable in the almost 20 years of the 21st century, a study by Forest2Market has shown that forest productivity has grown and the idea of dwindling forestland in the south is not so. According to the study, The Historical Perspective on the Relationship between Demand and Forest Productivity in the U.S. South, the same is true for the timber industry.  This historical perspective, which was commissioned by Drax Group, plc, the National Alliance of Forest Owners, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc., puts forth a strong case that the biggest threat to forests is urbanization, solidifying the importance of urban forests.Read More

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What to Expect at the 2018 FCA Annual Convention, June 19-21

Explore the offerings of the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s annual cattle convention.

June is cattle convention time in Florida; and it’s a time to explore topics important to the cattle industry in Florida, delegate, network, and have a good time. Slated for June 19th to the 21st at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention promises a lot of information and a great deal of fun for cattle producers from all over the state. See a sneak peak of the convention’s activities and festivities, below.Read More

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Agritechnology and Beef Cattle: RFID Update

Technology has always helped agriculture to improve and succeed; RFID and cattle are a case in point.

The need to track cattle has been a requirement for beef cattle ranchers and dairy farmers alike for as long as there has been livestock to count, and new technology is making it easier than ever. Agritechnology concerning RFID and cattle is advancing in leaps and bounds, meaning an RFID—Radio-frequency identification—can do such more than simply identify the cattle in your herd. Explore the latest updates in livestock management using RFID tech for cattle below.Read More

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Women in Ag: A Tradition that Will No Doubt Continue

Read how the importance of women in ag is one of the many vital lessons agriculture can teach us.

Everywhere you look in agriculture, there are stories of the strength of our country’s family farming traditions. In my most recent column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared lessons that my own family ranch has taught me, and one of them was that women are an important part of the agriculture equation. Whether it’s a story of two daughters continuing their late father’s legacy on the family ranch or the lessons learned on a five-generation cattle and citrus operation, the family farm has always benefited from women in ag. With 97 percent of the nation’s farms falling under the “family farm” designation, women’s leadership roles in agriculture will only increase going forward.Read More

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Family Ranching Lives On: Sisters Continuing Their Father’s Legacy

Read about one family ranching story that shows that the ag lifestyle never leaves you.

Ranching is a way of life, and many hope to pass those ranching traditions, and the ranch itself, on to the next generation. Family ranching has deep roots in many corners of the country, with generations going back as far as anyone can remember. They are roots that pull us back no matter what. Sisters Rachel and Rebecca both grew up on their family ranch in central Alabama, and both returned to the ranch and the ag way of life—in addition to other pursuits—after the untimely death of their father, Gary Bearden. Their story was shared in a Southeast FarmPress article—Rebecca is a monthly contributing writer to the publication—and you can read the details below.Read More

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Dairy Industry: What You Need to Know About the Margin Protection Program

See the changes in dairy industry margin protection offered by the USDA’s Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy)

Especially with the re-enrollment deadline of June 1st fast approaching.

The dairy industry is an important one in the U.S., but it’s also one that is constantly stuck between low dairy prices and high feed prices. At times, the state of these two conditions means a dairy operation isn’t able to make a profit. In order to ensure a strong dairy industry, the USDA started the MPP-Dairy to offer the country’s dairy industry margin protection. Some significant changes have been made recently to the program that dairy operators should be aware of. See the details of those changes below.Read More

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What’s in Season: Look for These Florida Grown Crops Near You

Florida has crops growing nearly year-round, so there’s always something fresh to enjoy;

See the Florida crops in season now

Florida’s tropical climate and abundant sunshine make for a long growing season. While growers in other regions are planning and planting, growers from The Sunshine State are harvesting Florida crops in season. Explore which Florida-grown crops you can find right now in the produce section of your grocery store, below.Read More

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Agritechnology and the Dairy Cattle Industry: Milking it for Everything its Worth

Dairy cattle technology offers the same key benefits as all other precision agriculture technologies:

Savings and Increased Yields.

Precision agriculture has proven itself when it comes to saving time and energy for the farmer, and increasing harvests, but what about precision dairy technology? It isn’t often that dairy cattle technology is discussed, but it offers the same types of benefits as precision ag tech that’s utilized in the field. Explore the advantages of technology used in the dairy industry below.Read More

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