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NCBA Talks Trade at Legislative Conference

Bob McCanCattlemen and women from across the country have been in our nation’s capitol this week for the annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference. NCBA President Bob McCan says one toipic of discussion centered around trade issues.

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Producers Need to be Aware of Some Tax Changes for 2014

With the tax deadline looming, most farmers are still consumed by their 2013 numbers, but there’s already a major change to think about for 2014.

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Communication and Awareness Key in Reducing Risk to Pollinators

bees The issue of pollinator health complex and varied and affects to just about everyone in the crop sector, which is why communication is key.

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Farm Groups Remaining Vigilant in Fending Off Attacks to Safety Net

Gary AdamsDespite the fact that the 2014 Farm Bill has been officially signed into law, Dr. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, notes that the ag sector needs to be aware of continuing attacks on the farm safety net.

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Animal Technology

Everett Griner talks about the changing technology of cattle breeding.

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Celebrating Modern Day Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackNational Ag Day was officially celebrated several weeks ago, a day set aside every year to formally recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack notes that consumers have something to thank a farmer for everyday.

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Soybean Growers Welcome Introduction of Federal GMO Labeling Legislation

This is a release from the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (April 9, 2014) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Read the rest of this entry »

Estimated Timeline for Farm Bill Implementation for Crops

Gary Adams
Dr. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, gives his thoughts on the implementation timeline for crop programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Free BQA Certification Ends April 15th

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know that April 15th is the deadline to become BQA certified for free? In our weekly getting to know your beef checkoff, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dan Thomson with Kansas State University explains how it works and why it’s important for cattle producers to become certified.

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Today Everett Griner tells us of memories of early farming.

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AgNet This Week: Planting Changes; Peanut Stocks, Vidalia Pack Date

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on how Southeastern farmers may still change planting decisions, a look a declining peanut stocks and the enforcement of the Vidalia onion pack date. To learn more about these topics and much more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Alabama Beef Checkoff Provides Training for Retailers

Erin BeasleyErin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about a recent event where the Beef Checkoff in their state was able to provide training for a group of retailers.

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One More Week for Free BQA Certification

www.mybeefcheckoff.comFor a second year, your checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program is giving you the chance to become certified for free thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. along with the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. But you only have one week left to take advantage of this free offer as it ends April 15th.

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To become BQA certified, or learn more about the program, visit

Wet Winter Has Landowners Looking to Growing Season Burns

Tim Albritton
Alabama’s wet winter dampened many landowners’ plans to prescribe burn, which according to State Forester for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Tim Albritton, has some looking at growing season burns.

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Buffalo Wings

Buffalo WingsBuffalo wings are a popular snack that every true sports fan knows well, but they were actually invented 50 years ago, by accident.

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Well Kept

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner talks about resolutions, and what farmers must do to keep theirs.

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Update on Progress of Farm Bill Implementation

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says every USDA agency is working diligently to implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s new provisions quickly and effectively.

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NCBA Statement on Announced Bilateral Trade Agreement

This is a release from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – In response to the announcement of a Bilateral Trade Agreement reached between Australia and Japan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, a Victoria, Texas cattleman, issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. Read the rest of this entry »


Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Is our food supply fully protected? Everett Griner discusses this today.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 4, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the cattle market numbers for the week ending April 4th put together by the livestock market news service for the states of Alabama and Georgia.

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Eggs Leading the Way in Increases in Marketbasket Survey

eggsAmerican Farm Bureau Federation’s Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey reveals that retail egg prices have hit historically high prices.

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Alabama Legislature Completes 2014 Session

Alabama Agribusiness CouncilAlabama legislators have hastily wrapped up the 2014 session, passing only two of the 25 ag bills that the industry was watching at the beginning of the session. Alabama Agribusiness Councils’s Leigha Cauthen has the details.

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Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
4H is America’s foremost social teacher. Everett Griner talks about 4H and our children learn from it.

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Funding to Fight Feral Swine

USDA is investing $20 million dollars to combat the wide range of damage caused by feral swine populations.

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Southeastern Farmers Could Make Last Minute Changes in Plantings

DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom says a closer look at all the variables, reveals that crop plantings are still somewhat up in the air, especially for the southeast.

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Try it Yourself

Very few people have any concept of the work migrant laborers do. Everett Griner has a story of a man that gave it a try.

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New Report on Menu Trends Utilizing Fresh Produce

United Fresh has released its Spring 2014 edition of Fresh Insights for Foodservice – a quarterly report designed to showcase the latest trends in fresh produce use in the foodservice sector.

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Alabama Senator on EPA Overstep

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions explains his concerns on the trend that many view as a vast overstep by administrative agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

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