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Beef 101 Courses Still Popular in Alabama

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Many Beef 101 courses have taken place in Alabama over the years and they continue to be very popular among those attending. In this week’s beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it is having more this month.


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WTO Looking Into Dairy and Cheese Policies

dairyWorld Trade Organization officials will be busy this week, asking several members about their pricing policies during the two-day meeting of the WTO Committee on Agriculture.

Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says dairy and cheese programs will be one of the bigger topics of conversation as negotiators ask Canada about changes to its proposed national pricing policy for dairy products. The negotiators will also be asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture about its plan to Read the rest of this entry »

Dairy Groups Across the Globe Urge Trade Officials to Challenge New Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada

From the National Milk Producers Federation, The U.S. Dairy Export Council and The International Dairy Foods Association:

(September 12, 2016 – Washington, D.C.) Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand today issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its already prohibitive restrictions on dairy trade.

The groups said Canada’s increasingly protectionist policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 9, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the deadline extension for dairy producers to sign-up for MPP, we talk about mosquitoes and issues they can bring to livestock, National Chicken Month, fish farming, Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Encouraging Dairy Producers to Sign-up for MPP

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they were going to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to not only assist food banks, but also help reduce a cheese surplus. And in that same announcement, they also said the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) would be extended from September 30th to December 16th. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes this extension will allow dairy producers the time needed to take part in MPP.


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Alabama Preparing for October Beef Month

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The beef checkoff in Alabama is busy preparing for a big promotion, October Beef Month. For those of you who have been keeping up with Alabama’s Best Steak Contest, you know the judging of the Fiery Four is taking place right now. And Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says the winner of that contest will be revealed during October Beef Month.


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Florida Collegiate Cattlewomen to Help Promote Beef

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

It’s always great when young people become involved in agriculture. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about a group of young women she’s excited to work with in promoting beef in the state.


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Georgia Beef Board Pleased with New Article

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

A new article concerning beef and pairing it with other great foods is something the Georgia Beef Board encourages everyone to read. Kaytlyn Malia has the details of where you can find this article.


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USDA Cheese Purchase and Lower Feed Prices Should Help Dairy

dairy cows-3Recent actions by the Agriculture Department, combined with lower feed prices, should help dairy producers. Gary Crawford has more.


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Protecting Genetic Diversity in Livestock, Poultry and Fish

Pig farmA national repository is assuring genetic diversity in livestock and other animal species in case of events such as a disease outbreak. Rod Bain has the story.


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Farm Groups Seeking Help from Congress

Congress returns from its August recess next week and many believe little will get done in the politically-charged run-up to the November elections. But record or near-record crop surpluses and low commodity prices have prompted the nation’s top farm groups to seek help from Congress and USDA. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow but Steady Recovery in U.S. Dairy Markets

June and July data and statistics from the Agriculture Department have painted an increasingly compelling picture of a slow but steady recovery in U.S. dairy markets. At least that’s according to the latest DMI Dairy Market Report. The national average all-milk price rose $0.30 per hundredweight in Read the rest of this entry »

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