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Florida Beef Council Promoting Free BQA Certification

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida beef producers have a chance to become BQA certified for free. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains
how it works.


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To become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

Alabama Beef Checkoff Works with Influencers

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

In an effort to get the beef message out to influencers who work with beef everyday, Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about the importance of them hosting Beef 101 events.


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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

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Curt Pate Holding Seminar in Georgia

There is an event coming up that cattle producers may want to attend, as Curt Pate will be holding a Stockmanship and Stewardship Seminar September 23 in Calhoun, Georgia.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Free BQA Certifications Start September 1

cbb-my-beef-canYou heard us over the years promote the Beef Quality Assurance program and the importance for producers to be certified. Well for those of you who aren’t, good news as for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded BQA program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll. This free offer starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.


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So starting on September 1, to become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

NMPF Pleased with Newly Unveiled Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.

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USDA Announces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new risk management program for dairy farmers, known as the Dairy Margin Protection Program.


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World Dairy Expo Entries Due Now

world-dairy-expo-2014World Dairy Expo, coming up September 30 through October 4 in Madison, Wisconsin, is recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry.


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Visit worlddairyexpo.com for more information.

CBB Vice-chair Pleased with Checkoff ROI

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.


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

Florida Beef Council Learning about Social Media

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council will soon learn more about how social media works. Ashley Hughes says they will be holding a course for those who serve on the council to give them a better understanding so they can hopefully be more involved in telling their beef story.


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Georgia Beef Month Moving Next Year

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board has celebrated June Beef Month for many years, but according to Suzanne Bentley, that is going to change in 2015.


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Pleased with Work by Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Jimmy Maxey

Jimmy Maxey

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Vice Chair Jimmy Maxey was pleased with the meetings they held in Denver recently during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And he is looking forward to seeing how the programs discussed transpire over the next year.


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Consumers Get Livestock Welfare info from Other Groups

A recent survey suggests consumers are using animal protection organizations as their primary source of information about livestock welfare.


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Beef Checkoff Gives Back to the Community

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff allows producers to give back to the community? Tina Hammonds from Lowndes County, Alabama has information on how they did just that.


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

Milk Production is Up While Prices Are Mixed

USDA has a new dairy production and price forecast, and Rod Bain has the details.


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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Down to Fiery 4

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Alabama’s Best Steak Contest is now down to the Fiery 4 thanks to the thousands of folks who voted in the summer beef promotion. And Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says the contest is now in the hands of the judges.


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To learn more go to www.alabamasbeststeak.com.

Florida Beef Going to School

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes is pleased that they are able to work with Prostart classes this year in getting the beef message to these students. And she says the teachers they have been in touch with are pleased to have their participation.


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Georgia Beef Attends Atlanta Event

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

An event took place last week which Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they attended. And of course, they were able to spread the beef message while there.


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Hide, Skin and Leather Exports Setting Records

Exports for U.S hide, skin and leather continue setting value records with the lower cattle numbers.


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Dairy Product Prices Looking Better

According to the National Milk Producers Federation’s latest Dairy Market Report, July milk and dairy product prices generally halted their decline from the record levels of a few months ago.


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ROI Study Shows Good News for Beef Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returned over $11.00 to the beef industry? Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University says beef producers and importers are getting a tremendous rate of return on their investment.


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

Georgia Beef to Be Discussed at Region Roundups

gbbThe Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is starting their annual Region Roundups this week, and according to Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board, one of the topics will be beef myths.


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For more about beef myths and the GCA Region Roundups go to www.gabeef.org.

Florida Thankful for Federation Grants

fbc-logo-2012We told you last week the Florida Beef Council received two grants from the Federation of State Beef Councils. And Ashley Hughes says they are thankful to get those to use for a couple of promotions in the state.


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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Down to Enticing 8

alabama-best-steak-logo-201Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has an update on their summer promotion, Alabama’s Best Steak Contest, which she says is now down to the “Enticing 8″.


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Dairy Producers will have Info on New Dairy Program

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Despite concerns by some, the nation’s dairy producers will have the information they need to decide about the new Margin Protection Program and they will have it in time to make decisions about it. With more on that, here’s Gary Crawford.


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CWT Helps Dairy Exports Hit Record for June

The U.S. exported 17.3 percent of its milk production in June, the highest percentage ever achieved for the month of June and one of the highest monthly percentages ever.


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South Georgia-North Florida Dairy Workshop

Here’s a reminder for dairy producers that coming up August 19 from 4pm-8pm and August 20 from 10am-2pm, the South Georgia/North Florida English/Spanish Dairy Milkers’ Workshop will be held. It all starts at the Brooks County Ag Center in Quitman, GA and concluded at Brooksco Dairy in Quitman. The workshop will Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media Efforts Promoting Beef Message

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know there are various social media efforts to help consumers better understand the beef industry? Emilia Dover from Chatsworth, Georgia knows the importance of getting the beef message out to consumers and feels the social media aspect is a great way of doing just that.


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

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