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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 24, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 24th, we hear from USDA’s Chief Veterinarian concerning avian influenza, talk about the confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue, the nominee for Agriculture Secretary, the New World screwworm, optimistic farmers, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Chief Veterinarian Discusses Avian Influenza

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Dr. Jack Shere

Due to the recent cases of Avian Influenza in Alabama and Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with state officials, continue to remind poultry producers about the importance of biosecurity. There are some concerns more cases could pop up, but in a phone interview with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, USDA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jack Shere said for the most part these have been point source introductions. Read the rest of this entry »

Additional Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alabama

avian influenzaState veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirms 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). Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program

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The Alabama State Beef Checkoff has been instrumental in many ways over the past few years. In our weekly beef checkoff report, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley has information about one of those programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Urban High Tunnel Initiative Announced in Alabama

urban high tunnelA new initiative focused on addressing urban conservation in Alabama’s urban areas has been announced. It’s called the Urban High Tunnel Initiative, a collaborative effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. Hear the report and learn more.

ANCW Region Two Meeting in Alabama Next Month

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The American National CattleWomen’s (ANCW) Association Region II Conference will be held April 20-30 in Point Clear, Alabama. Crystal Barnes Walker, Alabama CattleWomen’s Association President, invites cattlewomen from across the Southeast to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

Responsibility, Dedication Showcased at Junior Beef Expo

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Ashlyn Ruf of Athens and her heifer, Cruella de Vil, compete in showmanship at the Junior Beef Expo.
(Courtesy ALFA)


Sounds of laughter and mooing cows filled the alleyway outside Teague Arena in Montgomery as young cattlemen gathered to compete in the Alabama Junior Beef Expo Friday.

More than 150 competitors entered the ring with their steers or heifers to compete in showmanship classes sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Alabama Farmers Federation. The event was part of the Southeastern Livestock Expo.

Ashlyn Ruf of Athens in Limestone County washed and groomed her calf to perfection before leading the heifer, Cruella de Vil, into the ring. Taking third place in her class, Ruf said she would have been happier with a better performance, but the 17-year-old is looking forward to competing in the commercial heifer class Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees, Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

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Here are the Alabama and Georgia livestock market reports for the week ending March 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Lawmakers Begin Spring Break

alabama legislatureAlabama lawmakers have left Montgomery for their spring break, but before they wrapped up the first half of the session, Alabama Agribusiness Council’s Executive Director Leigha Cauthen says more business of interest to agriculture was discussed. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Premises Under Investigation for Avian Influenza in Alabama

avian influenzaResults have been received from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa on the sample collected from a guinea fowl at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro, located in Jackson County, Alabama. The sample tested positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza (LPAI). The premises of origin for the guinea fowl, also located in Jackson County, Ala., is under quarantine and continued surveillance. The guinea fowl in question have been depopulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Poultry Producers Reminded of Stop Movement Order in Alabama

stop movement poultryThe Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries issued a stop movement order this week for certain poultry in the state because of three ongoing investigations of avian influenza in north Alabama. State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier explains. Read the rest of this entry »

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