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Direction Set for Beef Checkoff in Alabama

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association board of directors recently approved its 2017 Beef Checkoff marketing plan. In the weekly beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley says this allocates monies for both the national and state checkoffs.


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NMPF Tools Help Dairy Farmers Enrolling in MPP

dairy cows-3Here’s a reminder for dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy for coverage in 2017 is December 16, and the National Milk Producers Federation has a tool on its Margin Protection Program website, futurefordairy.com, with materials to assist producers considering enrollment in the third year of the federal dairy safety net program. The enrollment period opened July 1 and originally was to end September 30th but was extended by USDA until December 16. Read the rest of this entry »

Milk Prices and Margins Could Improve in 2017

dairy cows in milking parlorMilk production is expected to go up next year. And in the first part of this story, Gary Crawford looks at what that will mean for prices.


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Beef Alternatives for Thanksgiving

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

With Thanksgiving nearing, many folks are thinking about that turkey. But in the weekly Florida beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says there are efforts to make you think about beef dishes, too.


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Dairy Industry Segment Doesn’t Want TPP

Many ag industry groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have been strong supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. But a segment within the dairy industry isn’t so sure TPP will be beneficial in its current form.

The Wisconsin Farmers Union surveyed 1,000 dairy producers and 80 percent expressed serious concerns about milk imports and think the deal should be rejected until those concerns are Read the rest of this entry »

School Children Learning about Georgia Beef Industry

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

The beef checkoff in Georgia has been able to talk with school children about the beef industry during the annual Ag Days. In our weekly beef checkoff report, to Georgia Beef Board’s Kaytlyn Malia says they have been able to talk with quite a few kids.


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Florida Ranchers Take Part in BQA Training Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

We’ve talked various times about BQA, the Beef Quality Assurance program, and its importance to the industry. Beef producers across the country are encouraged to take part in the BQA certification process, and that’s exactly what a group of ranchers in Florida did recently. In our weekly beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains how a good group was on hand for not only BQA training, but also to get an update on their beef checkoff program.


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Pleased with Alabama Beef Checkoff Marketing Plan

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors will meet this week to discuss a variety of issues, but also make final 2017 Beef Checkoff plans. In our weekly beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley says they are pleased with what has been laid out for next year.


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A Big Investment to Stimulate Overseas Beef Demand

With the prospect of low cattle prices and increasing beef supplies in the immediate future, the Federation of State Beef Councils announced that it is investing almost $1 million to stimulate more overseas demand for American beef. With strong encouragement from state beef council partners, the Federation will invest $940,000 from its reserves to promote beef in several overseas markets.

For example, the group will spend Read the rest of this entry »

Red Meat and Poultry Production Forecast is Increased

raw meat-2This week USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand report and in the livestock, poultry and dairy section, the 2016 forecast of total red meat and poultry production was increased from last month as higher fourth quarter beef and pork production forecasts more than offset reductions in broiler and turkey production. Beef production was increased on the Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Looking Ahead to 2017 Beef Checkoff Plans

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

While the beef checkoff continues with various programs here in 2016, plans are already being made for 2017. In the weekly beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says the association held a recent meeting laying out plans for next year’s checkoff activities.


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Florida Beef Council Preparing for Big Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council recently took part in a luncheon in preparation for a big event coming up next spring. In the weekly report, Ashley Hughes explains how the beef checkoff is involved.


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