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New Videos Teach How to Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

New videos have been produced to help teach those interested how to farm. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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More about these new videos can be found at www.fooddialogues.com.

COOL Coalition Calls for Immediate Action

As part of the COOL Reform Coalition a number of groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, have signed onto a letter to Congress asking for immediate action to assure U.S. compliance with international trade obligations.


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To read the entire letter and see which groups signed on to it go to coolreform.com/our-message-to-congress.

World Dairy Expo Seeking Nominations for Awards

You have a chance right now to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Program.


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Beef Producers Urged to Get Involved

www.mybeefcheckoff.comMany have learned that social media is a great way to get your message out. And in our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Kim Brackett, encourages producers to get involved in promoting their industry.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Florida CattleWomen Continue to Promote Beef

fbc-logo-2012Florida CattleWomen do a lot to promote the beef industry each year, and beef checkoff dollars from the Florida Beef Council help them participate in various events to promote beef for producers across the state.


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Georgia Beef Month Plans Underway

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Plans are underway for May Beef Month in Georgia, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board encourages county Cattlemen’s Chapters to contact her about lining up materials to promote the annual event.


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Only Slight Changes in the Meat Outlook

When USDA released their monthly meat production forecast for January, only minor changes were noted. Susan Carter has the first part of our story.


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A Glass of Health

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Everett Griner talks about milk is still one of America’s healthy drink in today’s Agri View.


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Livestock Forage Program Signup Deadline Coming Up

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Livestock producers eligible for help through the Livestock Forage Program have just a few days remaining to make an appointment to sign up with their local Farm Service Agency office.


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New Steps Announced to Reduce Methane Emissions

Last week the White House announced new steps to reduce methane emissions, but as Gary Crawford reports, those steps do not include agriculture.


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Vilsack Announces Cattlemen’s Beef Board Appointments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced 25 new appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. The 100 member board oversees the collection of one-dollar per head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and one-dollar per head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. The new appointees will serve three-year terms, and they include Sarah K. Childs of Lake Placid, Florida.

Livestock Producers Urged to Have Disaster Plans in Place

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you are a livestock producer, do you have plans for what you will do in a weather disaster, including plans to dispose of dead animals? Gary Crawford reports that one expert says most producers don’t have those plans.


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Encouraging Beef Producers to Learn about the Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Frank Thomas from Alamo, Georgia, says the checkoff has done so many things over the years for the industry.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Total Meat Production Forecast for 2015 Raised

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released this week. In the Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy section, the forecast for total meat production for 2015 is raised from last month on increased beef and pork production.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Numbers Up; 2014 Crop Estimates

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes the latest cotton forecast and the 2014 major crop estimates. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Promoting New MBA Program

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council has always encouraged producers to take part in the Masters of Beef Advocacy program, and Ashley Hughes says that is especially true now, as the program has been updated.


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To learn more go to www.beef.org/mba.

Promoting Georgia Beef on TV

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has information about how they will be talking about the healthy benefits of beef on Atlanta television.


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More than Half of Nation’s Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Program

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new safety-net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 9, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the key issues Congress should address, 30 agricultural organizations formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, and we have stories about potatoes and wild meat.

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Dairy Industry Supports Launch of Cuba Coalition

More than 30 agricultural organizations have formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. The coalition will work with Congress and President Obama to bring full normalization of trade relations between the two nations so American business would have the same access to Cuban markets as many other countries. Paul Johnson is the Vice Chair of the Coalition.


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Many Years of Believing in the Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Sean Sexton from Vero Beach, Florida says he is truly is a believer in the beef checkoff and has been ever since it started.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

USFRA Launches How-To Videos

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Promoting Beef for a Healthy Diet

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council knows many folks are working on their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and start eating healthier. That’s why she has this reminder of how important it is that lean, healthy beef be including as a part of your diet.


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Promoting Georgia Beef to Students

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has another example of how partnerships help them spread the beef message.


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Hired Hands

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant farmworker complaints continuing in today’s Agri View.


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Beef-Pork-Dairy Update

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you remember what happened in the beef cattle markets this past couple of years, then you have a good idea of what’s going to happen next year. But for pork, hog producers are expected to boost production next year, which will mean a drop in hog prices. And when it comes to dairy markets, the sudden and sometimes severe ups and downs may be true again in 2015. Gary Crawford has this beef, pork and dairy update.


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Educating Consumers about the Beef Industry

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Betts Berry from Chickamauga, Georgia has information about how the beef checking is working to educate consumers.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Spreading the Georgia Beef Message

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has information about an event they will attend next week to start off the new year promoting the beef message in the state.


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End of Year Florida Beef Promotion

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about a multi-state beef promotion that wraps up at the end of the year they have been taking part in.


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Contaminated Raw Milk Concerns

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

There have always been concerns with raw milk contamination, and Cindy Zimmerman has a story about what results from a new study are showing about this issue.


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