The Florida Beef Council is pleased with the results of recent audits of both the national beef checkoff program and their state checkoff program. And Jim Handley wants cattle producers across Florida to know their dollars are being used as intended.
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill mark up session presently underway, to be followed by the House Ag Committee’s mark up session on the Bill this Wednesday, is sure to make for some red eyed late hours for many lawmakers and others who are tuned in to agricultural issues on Capitol Hill. One of the most knowledgable folks we know about all of this is American Farm Bureau’s Mary Kay Thatcher. Click to hear her comments about the historical perspective of this week’s markup sessions, and some of the pitfalls Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the following statement at the opening of the Committee’s meeting to consider and mark-up the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Changes in some Congressional committee assignments in recent months leaves just one Florida member on the Agriculture Committee in the U. S. House of Representatives. AgNet is in Washington D. C. this week for some farm news gathering, sitting down first with Congressman Ted Yoho (R) from District 3, which encompasses a large area of North Central Florida. Yoho explains it’s a big week for agriculture on Capitol Hill and a good time for the Florida Farm Bureau delegation visit too. Click to read more about it, and to hear Congressman Yoho’s comments about Read the rest of this entry »
The Senate Ag Committee has officially released their 2013 Farm Bill draft and according to Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, the bipartisan 2013 Farm Bill represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades.
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume today, May 8. This includes payments for the Read the rest of this entry »
In our weekly series, “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, we hear from Jonny Harris of Screven, Georgia who talks about how an event he attended opened his eyes even more to what the beef checkoff does.
Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council, said through a partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, they were able to learn more about consumer buying habits through the Consumer Beef Index.
The Georgia Beef Board continues to make what dollars they do collect stretch as far as possible, but David Gazda from Athens, Georgia said compared to years past, it’s getting tougher to conduct the number of promotions they once did.
Now that a bill has been passed and signed, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Milk Producers, and Georgia Livestock Markets are all working with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to develop an effective beef referendum process. But John Callaway of Hogansville, Georgia, said there is a lot of work ahead in the education process.
In this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, we have Alex Johns from Brighton, Florida. He talks about how the Seminole Tribe of Florida has seen just what beef checkoff dollars can do.
USDA’s latest Food Price Outlook revealed that while consumers will see an increase in their grocery bill this year, it will not be as much as originally predicted. USDA Economist Ricky Volpe gives us the details in the following two reports.