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Evaluating the Beef Quality Assurance Program

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly “BQA Quality Report”, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs Dwain Johnson, professor of meat science with the University of Florida, explains how they are working with the BQA program.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida Beef Producers Reminded of Free BQA Certification

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

There are only a few days remaining for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified online for free. Director of beef marketing and promotion for the Florida Beef Council, Ashley Hughes, encourages producers to take advantage of this opportunity.


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USDA Expands Safety-Net for Dairy Operations

USDA Expands Safety-Net for Dairy Operations Adding Next-Generation Family Members

The Lakeside Dairy rotary milking parlorAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. Learn more.

Georgia Intern Learns about Beef Industry

Hillary Polk

Hillary Polk

Learning about the beef industry in Georgia is an opportunity one intern has been able to do. Hillary Polk from Sylvania, Georgia has been an intern with the Georgia Beef Board and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.


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Helping Organics Grow with Clear Livestock and Poultry Standards

The mission of the National Organic Program, part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is to protect the integrity of USDA organic products in our country and throughout the world. This means clearly defining what it means to be organic and enforcing those rules.


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One Week Left for Free Online BQA Certification

bqa-logoThere is only one week remaining for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified for free online. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 online training fee for every person who signs up for BQA training by April 15th. Melissa Jackson has the story.


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Hoping Congress Does Not Wait to Pass TPP

Phillip Seng

Phillip Seng

While the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has been reached by the member nations, we are all waiting for U.S. congressional approval. But there are some who feel that beings this is an election year, not much action is expected until after all of that is done. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO, Phillip Seng, hopes that is not the case.


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Florida Beef Teaching Unit Site Work Underway

Geoff Dahl

Geoff Dahl

The 52nd Florida Dairy Production Conference took place today in Gainesville, as a good crowd was on hand for the annual event. Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill was there and had a chance to catch up with Dr. Geoff Dahl, Chair of the Department Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, who gave him an update on the beef teaching unit and more.


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Beef Quality Assurance is a Point of Pride

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s “BQA Quality Report”, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Sabrina McKinney from Autaugaville, Alabama, encourages producers who have not gone through the BQA certification process to do so.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Students Compete for Best in Beef at Annual Alabama Beef Cook-off

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

aca-high-school-beef-cookoff-2016Beef was in the spotlight as young culinary enthusiasts across Alabama convened at Carver High School in Montgomery on Saturday, April 2nd for the 55th Annual Junior and Senior High School Beef Cook-off, sponsored by the Beef Checkoff program and Alabama CattleWomen’s Association (ACWA). Forty students qualified to compete in Read the rest of this entry »

Bama’s Best Beef Contest Is Underway

aca-bamas-best-beef-2016A brand new online contest from the Alabama Beef Checkoff kicked off this week and Erin Beasley, director of consumer marketing for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, hopes everyone will take part in “Bama’s Best Beef.”


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Georgia Beef Board Stays Busy During Convention

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia, director of public relations and industry information for the Georgia Beef Board, talks about the various ways the board was involved in last week’s Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Perry.


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