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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:


Tom Vilsack

“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Agriculture Tells House: It’s Time to Ditch the Rule

Steve Foglesong

Steve Foglesong

On Tuesday, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Past President and Astoria, Illinois cattleman Steve Foglesong testified before the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry at their hearing titled, “Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking and its Impact on Rural America. Afterwards, Chase Adams talked with Foglesong about what all he discussed.

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Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

USDAToday is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.

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Export Trade

Import Export
Everett Griner talks about farm exports are vital to farm progress in today’s Agri View.

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NCC: “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule Overly Burdensome

From the National Cotton Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Cotton Council (NCC) Chairman Sledge Taylor testified here today that a rule proposed by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act would require costly federal permits for many commonplace and essential farming practices.

Emphasizing that this rule will have a significant impact on rural America and production agriculture, Taylor stated, “This will result in farmers like myself being forced to endure even more costly regulations and Read the rest of this entry »

Grants for Healthy Meals, part 2

Tray of food for school meals-2
In this, the second of a three part series, Cathy Isom tells us the USDA program is getting an A+ in the lunchroom.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: Georgia PEDv Update; Upcoming Deadlines

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the status of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Georgia as well as a reminder on some important end-of-month deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama NRCS Reminder of Renewal Option for Expiring CSP Contracts

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser with USDA’S Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama reminds eligible landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts that a renewal option is available through March 31, 2015.

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More information can be found on the NRCS website.

Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo Is This Weekend

sle-logoThe 2015 Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will take place March 19–21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association invites everyone to attend.

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Tickets are available at the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association office, by calling 1-888-2rodeo2 or at the ACA website.

Celebrating National Agriculture Day

ag-day-web-banner-2015This Wednesday, March 18 will be National Agriculture Day, spotlighting American agriculture and serving as a reminder that agriculture is part of us all.

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The Challenge

Everett Griner talks about 2015! Another year of change in today’s Agri View.

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Grants for Healthy Meals, part 1

school lunch tray
Today Cathy Isom begins a three part series telling us about the big boost by the USDA that’s helping children eat healthier meals away from home.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review March 13

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, partnering for healthier eating and a flowering of success.

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Crop Study

Corn Hybrid Selection genetic biotechnology
Everett Griner talks about farm research, a valuable tool in today’s Agri View.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 13, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning work being done on transportation issues, talk about March 15th being the deadline for spring crop growers to sign up for crop insurance, provide information about peanut consumption rising overseas, and look at another farm icon that’s vanishing.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 13th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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The Growing Trend of Smaller Supermarkets

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Why bigger seems to be getting smaller at your neighborhood grocery store. Cathy Isom has more.

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Alabama Legislators Work on Priority Bills

aac-logoWeek two of the Alabama Legislative session took place this past week. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at what transpired during this week’s discussions.

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For more information just go to the Alabama Agribusiness Council website.

U.S. Producers Impressed with FoodEx Trade Show in Tokyo

usmefA group of U.S. producers and other industry leaders recently traveled to Shanghai and Tokyo for the U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo, a market education program designed to give USMEF members an opportunity to observe international marketing activities for U.S. red meat and to learn more about the business climate in specific international markets. Joe Schuele has more on that story.

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Gone Forever

Working mule
Everett Griner talks about another farm icon vanishing forever in today’s Agri View.

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Safety First When Preparing Chicken Wings

Chicken wings
Cathy Isom gives us some important safety tips the USDA wants you to know when preparing a popular party snack.

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Weather Prospects

Everett Griner talks about spring crops depend on various weather in today’s Agri View.

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Water Quality

stream water
Corporate entities like a nationally known brewer are among those joining USDA as part of a National Water Quality Initiative. Cathy Isom looks at just how important this is.

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UF/IFAS Hosting One World Summit to Address Feeding the World’s Growing Population

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. – How do you address all of the issues associated with feeding the world’s estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050? One way is to share great ideas and that’s exactly what more than 700 University of Florida students faculty, community members, industry professionals, and policy makers will be doing Friday at ONE WORLD, an event being held by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Challenge 2050 Project.

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Now Is a Good Time to Get BQA Certified\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Auburn University’s Frank Owsley is pleased that producers can go through the BQA certification process online for free. And he encourages you to do so before this offer expires on April 15th.

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FSA Reminds Farmers about End-of-Month Deadlines

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

USDA reminds farmers the one-time extension to update your yield history or reallocate base acres expires March 31, the same day you need to have your choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says ARC and PLC are complicated programs.

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Rustling Again

Beef Cattle
Everett Griner talks about cattle thieves still at work in today’s Agri View.

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Special Training for Safe Food

Commercial Kitchen
Today Cathy Isom checks into special training for a safer dining experience. When dining out – you’re probably thinking good food – something within in the family budget – fast – casual. But food safety is probably the farthest thing on your mind. And – the people who are handling your meal.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: Seed Company News; Georgia PEDv Update

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Georgia and news about a seed company supporting a University of Florida project. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Sign Up Now for Alabama Cowboy Cookoff

aca-cowboy-cookoff-logoThe Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will take place March 19-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, and according to Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, they will once again host the Cowboy Cookoff that Saturday, March 21.

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