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USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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USDA Collecting Data on Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Researchers are trying to find out the real facts about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Gary Crawford has the story.


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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues

In reaction to a new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Milk Producers Federation said it underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health.


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BQA Certification Important for Consumers and Retailers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Jason Duggin knows a big reason for producers to become BQA certified is consumer confidence.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Milk, Home Made

milk in the microbiology laboratory
Everett Griner talks about lab produced milk is on the way in today’s Agri View.


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Tyson Foods Donates Truckload of Chicken to Food Bank

From the Animal Agriculture Alliance:

ATHENS, Ga. – March 2, 2015 – Today, Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition (CAO) and the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, donated a load of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia.

The 30,400 pound load of chicken, which will provide more than 120,000 servings of protein, arrived at the food bank today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Tyson Foods, the Alliance and the University of Georgia Dairy Club were present to help deliver the chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

Livestock Producers as a Whole Receiving Less for Their Products

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Livestock producers saw lower prices for their commodities in January, and according to Rod Bain, that brought USDA’s total ag price received index down for the month.


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If you would like to see some of the numbers from USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices Report click here.

Georgia Beef at Southern Women’s Show

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Southern Women’s Show will take place this weekend in Savannah, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they will be there talking with women about beef.


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Florida Beef Council Attends Retail and Food Service Workshop

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes talks about what all Florida Beef Council board members learned while attending a retail and food service workshop last week.


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The Big Fat Surprise

Nina Teicholz

Nina Teicholz

Big Fat Surprise book cover
A diet high in protein and fat is okay, according to New York Times Best Selling Author Nina Teicholz and her book “The Big Fat Surprise.” Cathy Isom tells us why that low-fat diet may actually be doing more harm than good.


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Pleased with Free BQA Certification Opportunity

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, many folks were glad to hear that producers once again have an opportunity to become BQA certified for free online. Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Josh White, is one of those.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida Beef Council Approves 2015 Marketing Plan

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council Board has approved its 2015 marketing plan, and Ashley Hughes says they are thrilled to start working on this year’s plan to really promote beef across the state.


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Promoting Georgia Beef to Children

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes cattlemen and women across the state will get involved in promoting the beef message to school-age children again this year, as there are many great opportunities for local Cattlemen’s chapters to get involved in various events.


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Livestock Market Staff Becomes BQA Certified

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance Programs, Todd Clemons has information about how all of the employees of the Okeechobee Livestock Market became BQA certified.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida CattleWomen Promoting Beef in Various Ways

fbc-logo-2012The Florida CattleWomen takes part in many events each year to promote the beef industry. While part of their budget is funded by beef checkoff dollars from the Florida Beef Council, FCW President Reyna Hallworth says they use those and other dollars they raise in various ways.


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Georgia Beef Team Out This Weekend

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has information about the Beef Team who will be back out working with consumers again this coming weekend.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 13, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Under Secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse being in Florida this week to talk about Trade Promotion Authority, we look at how venison is gaining popularity in retail stores, and have a story about a new high-yielding peanut seed that is coming out this year.

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House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers’ Capital Purchases

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases immediately, instead of over time. The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and a possible Read the rest of this entry »

World Dairy Expo Award Nominations Needed by February 15

Here’s a reminder for those wanting to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award program, February 15 is the deadline. Exhibitors, producers, organizations and academic staff are encouraged to nominate people that should be considered for Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Free Certification Period Announced

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaThanks to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., cattle producers can once again get BQA certified for free. In this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance programs, Dr. Scott King says they are sponsoring a free Beef Quality Assurance online training and certification period.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

96-Percent Lean Ground Beef Receives Heart-Check Mark

cbb-my-beef-canThe Beef Checkoff Program announced Tuesday that Extra Lean Ground Beef is now certified by the American Heart Association to display its Heart-Check mark.


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More Producers Support Beef Checkoff

cbb-my-beef-canA recent survey of more than 12-hundred beef and dairy producers across the U.S. shows three out of four producers support the beef checkoff.


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Profitability?

farm profitability
Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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Georgia Beef Board Receives Federation Funds

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board received good news at last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Suzanne Bentley says they were able to get a grant from the Federation of State Beef Councils.


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Florida Beef Council Attends National Convention

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says they were able to pick up a lot of good information at last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


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Pleased with First Year of Digital Beef Campaign

Jennifer Houston

Jennifer Houston

The 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show continues today in San Antonio, Texas. And unfortunately while not all issues discussed are positive Jennifer Houston, Vice Chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils, does pass along good news for the beef industry.


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World Dairy Expo Seeking Nominations for Awards

February 15th is the deadline to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award program. Exhibitors, producers, organizations and academic staff are encouraged to nominate people that should be considered for one of the four award categories: Read the rest of this entry »

Cattle Producers Encouraged to Get BQA Certified

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaOnce again we are happy to bring you the weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance programs. And in this week’s report, Jason Edmondson from Auburn, Alabama hopes cattle producers understand how important BQA is for the industry.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Georgia Beef Board Receives Additional Funding

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the new state beef checkoff in Georgia, Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they have received additional funding to help promote beef in the state.


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Successful Florida Farm to Fork Tour

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Last week’s Farm to Fork Tour sponsored by the Florida Beef Council was a great success, according to Ashley Hughes.


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