THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 23, 2013 A bio-energy company on the Treasure Coast is calling for Gov. Rick Scott to veto a measure that would repeal the state law requiring most gasoline sold in the state to include nearly 10 percent ethanol. Read the rest of this entry »
Andy Lavigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association, says the unexpected announcement earlier this month by USDA regarding an extended review, is likely to significantly delay the introduction of some important biotech crops.
There are various forecasts and predictions put out designed to help farmers and others involved to try to plan for the future. Well today, Tyron Spearman looks at the latest information concerning the peanut supply and demand picture.
As the Administration looks to potentially add a few hundred more species to the Endangered Species List, Florida Congressman Steve Southerland is part of a working group designed to take a balanced approach on the effort.
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON (May 23, 2013) – The following is a statement from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a Cody, Wyo. dairy and cattle producer, regarding today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule regarding the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Rule (MCOOL). Read the rest of this entry »
As expected the Sugar Program came under attack during Senate floor debate, with an amendment offered and defeated to alter the program. And House Ag Committee member Ted Yoho, says he is expecting the target on sugar farmers backs to continue into House debate in June.
The spring meeting of the U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors is underway in Washington, D.C. One of the topics is the current trade impasse with Russia, as USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng comments on that and other issues being discussed.
The Georgia Agribusiness Council has developed a guidance document to help producers as well as ag retailers, better understand what items are and are not exempt from sales tax under the Georgia Ag Tax Exemption (GATE).
This week’s issue of the Citrus Industry eNews Exclusive includes an update on what is being done about abandoned groves, a report on the roller coaster fresh citrus season and more. Click here to view the current issue.
The following press release was posted by the USDA OIG:
LOUISVILLE, KY – The former owner and former chief operating officer of now-bankrupt Eastern Livestock Company, LLC, were sentenced in U. S. District Court today, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, for mail fraud arising from their part in a check-kiting scheme that caused the loss of millions of dollars to hundreds of businesses and individuals, including approximately 200 sellers of cattle Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON—The American Sugar Alliance issued the following statement about today’s bipartisan vote in the United States Senate to reject a Farm Bill amendment offered by Sens. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to gut America’s sugar policy.
“This amendment would have stripped the Read the rest of this entry »
To prevent fresh produce from going to waste during the recently held United Fresh Conference, the organization once again partnered with Feeding America to provide more than 32-thousand pounds of donations.
In this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, we have Chandler Mulvaney of Opelika, Alabama, one of the National Beef Ambassadors. He talks about how busy their team has been this year talking with folks across the country about beef.
ASA Releases Video,Touting ‘Zero-for-Zero’ Strategy as Senate Vote Approaches
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate an anti-sugar amendment, the American Sugar Alliance released today a new three-minute video designed to remind lawmakers of the importance of the vote.
View the video below. Read the rest of this entry »
We are just 4 weeks away from the 2013 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention, as it will take place June 18- 20 in Marco Island. FCA Executive Vice President Jim Handley said they are expecting an outstanding convention again this year.
With the committee passing of the Senate’s Immigration Reform bill, it is now expected to hit the Senate floor as early as the first week of June. Steve Southerland, Florida Representative and the leadership representative for the sophomore congressional class, explains how the Houses immigration efforts will differ from those of the Senate.
Florida’s fresh citrus industry experienced a bit of a roller coaster ride this season. Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell discusses the season’s highs and lows and some of the reasons for them. He also takes a look at the industry’s future.
Peter McClure recalls his father telling how whiskey kept citrus workers going so they could save groves in Florida’s 1962 freeze. McClure told the story during the April “A Celebration of Florida Citrus Through the Years” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
There has been quite a bit of talk regarding mandatory country-of-origin labeling as the agricultural sector has a number of concerns with the mandate. However, a recent survey has found that a large majority of Americans continue to strongly support the practice.
Farmers and ranchers may feel like the fate of the Farm Bill is completely out of their hands, but former House Ag Committee member and current Ag Appropriations Committee member Tom Rooney, says there is a lot our producers can do to communicate the need and importance of the Farm Bill.