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New ANCW President Visits Southeast

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The American National Cattlewomen (ANCW) met during the recent annual Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, and at that event they elected Penny Zimmerman from Minnesota as their new President. And last week, Randall Weiseman was able to catch up with Penny as she was here in the Southeast attending the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Montgomery. Read the rest of this entry »

Grocery Industry Seeking to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

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In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Axes New Poultry Price Index

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the Georgia Premium Poultry Price Index will not be published due to a lack of available data. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Corn a Better Deal for Mexico than Corn from Brazil, Argentina

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The CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge Limited says U.S. corn is a better deal for Mexico than corn from Argentina or Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Meat Consumption

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Everett Griner talks about a new study on red meat consumption in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

National Pork Board Increases International Markets Funding

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At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. Read the rest of this entry »

Rural Mainstreet Index Improving

Rural Mainstreet Climbs to Highest Level Since September 2015:
But Only 15 Percent Report Expanding Economy

February Survey Results at a Glance:
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* The overall index, while remaining below growth neutral, rose to its highest level since September 2015.
* More than one-third of bank CEOs reported their local economy remains in an economic downturn.  Only 14.9 percent of bankers indicated their local economy was expanding.
* On average, farmland prices have declined by 5.1 percent over the past 12 months. Read the rest of this entry »

AFBF Joins Groups in Support of Farm Bill Funding

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Reduced spending under the 2014 farm bill contributed greatly to the nation’s deficit reduction effort. However, additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition today told congressional appropriations and budget leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Watermelon Promotion Board

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill 13 seats on the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

The board is seeking nominees for two producer member seats and two handler member seats in District One. It is also seeking nominees for one public member seat and eight importer member seats. Selected representatives will serve three-year terms. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Webinar Series about Project Applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Pre-proposals for innovative partner-driven projects due April 21

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In January 2017, USDA invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Panel Backs Money for St. Johns River

From: The News Service of Florida

senate scott money fight zika grimsleyLooking to tap conservation money approved by voters in 2014, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a plan that would earmark $35 million a year for projects related to the St. Johns River or the Keystone Heights lake region in North Florida. The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee unanimously approved the proposal (SB 234), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican whose district includes areas along the St. Johns River. “It is central to our way of life as Floridians, and it in many ways defines the keystoneheightsarea_map senatecharacter of the region that I represent and come from, along with our springs,” Bradley said. The bill is similar to a measure last year, known as “Legacy Florida,” that earmarked money for the Everglades, Lake Apopka and natural springs. Under Bradley’s proposal, money would be distributed each year from the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the St. Johns River Water Management District for projects related to the St. Johns and the Keystone Heights lake region. The trust fund is used to carry out a 2014 constitutional amendment that required spending on conservation projects.

Map courtesy of St. Johns River Water management District

Dunn Plan Targets ‘Urgent’ Apalachicola Problem

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsley dunnWith backing from a dozen other members of Florida’s U.S. House delegation, Congressman Neal Dunn announced Tuesday he has filed a resolution seeking to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using a water-control plan impacting the Apalachicola Bay region. Read the rest of this entry »

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