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Vilsack on the Need for Another Beef Checkoff

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

While answering questions last Friday at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters meeting in Kansas City, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said they are moving forward with creating a second producer-funded beef check-off program in order to get more money into the system.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending November 14, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, while one comment period ends this week, another one started. We also look at how the peanut harvest has been challenging for some farmers, how opportunities for women in agriculture are being discussed, and how wild hogs are still rooting farmers out.

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Working to Reverse a Decline in Fluid Milk Sales

Reversing a 40-year decline in fluid milk sales is the goal of a newly announced partnership pairing industry with dairy farmers working through their Dairy Checkoff. Brian Baxter has more.


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Concerns with New Beef Promotion Order

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

USDA’s Ag Marketing Service opened the comment period this week in the process to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack had the details of the notice of inquiry posted in the Federal Register this week and Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, explains their concerns with this proposal.


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Beef Producer Pleased with Investment in the Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is an investment into the future? Ashby Green from High Springs, Florida feels it’s a been a good investment for his operation.


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

2015 Meat Production Forecast Is Lowered

In this month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand reports, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section shows the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been raised from last month, but the forecast for 2015 was lowered.


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Georgia Beef Team Ambassador Talks with Consumers

gbbThis past weekend, the Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team Ambassadors were out talking with consumers. Kaytlyn Malia, a student at ABAC, says it was a fun event and looks forward to more.


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Beef Checkoff Sponsors Florida Runners

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says thanks to the Beef Checkoff, a couple of runners from Florida recently took part in a run which involved Marines.


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Groups Respond to Checkoff Proposal Announcement

We’ve already reported that USDA has followed through with their plans to seek public comment on implementing a second beef checkoff in response to failure by the current Beef Checkoff Working Group to reach a consensus on changes to the current checkoff program. And various groups have responded to that announcement.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending November 7, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look back at how the elections affected agriculture, have more information concerning USDA’s plans to move forward with another beef check-off program, along with a story about how these are the best of times for agriculture.

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USDA Seeks Input on New Beef Promotion Order

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input from the public to guide its development of a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order (also known as a “checkoff program”) for beef and beef products. The new order would be in addition to the existing beef checkoff program, providing American beef producers with more resources for the marketing of their products and research to help strengthen the country’s beef industry.

“Beef industry representatives agree that this important program needs more resources. USDA is Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Producer Pleased with Materials Provided by the Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know the beef checkoff provides information for producers to use when talking with consumers? In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Danny Bentley from Thomaston, Georgia recently took part in a couple of events where that information really helped in their efforts when talking with consumers.


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

MPP Signup Closing Date Is Extended

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Dairy producers eligible for the new Margin Protection Program will now have until December 5th to sign up. Rod Bain has more.


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Florida Beef Takes Part in Gala

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

An event took place this past weekend where Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says beef was able to have quite a presence.


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Georgia Beef Team Ambassadors Heading Out

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says this year’s Beef Team Ambassadors will be heading out this coming weekend to start their efforts in talking with consumers about beef.


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October Beef Month a Success in Alabama

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

October Beef Month has wrapped up for another year in Alabama, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is pleased with how all of the promotions went this year.


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USMEF Holding Strategic Planning Conference

usmefThe U.S. Meat Export Federation is holding a Strategic Planning Conference this week in Arlington, Virginia. Joe Schuele has a look at what all will take place at this year’s event.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 31, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about USDA’s plans to move forward with another beef check-off program, along with information about a produce innovation award program, and why it’s a big weekend for peanut products.

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Dairy Industry Working to Meet Consumer Needs

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Many people are familiar with the “Got Milk” campaign, but as Cindy Zimmerman reports, the dairy industry is working to do even more to meet consumer needs.


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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSPonte Vedra Beach, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today presented awards to the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting innovative and environmentally sensitive farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack on Moving Forward with a Second Beef Checkoff

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that they will be moving forward with plans to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program.


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USDA Planning to Move Ahead with Second Beef Checkoff

Reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will move ahead with its plans to create a second beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program.


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USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Read the rest of this entry »

NMPF Board Votes on Requirement

The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted this week to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program.


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Free BQA Certification Ends Friday

Here is a reminder for cattle producers that this coming Friday, October 31st, is the last day you can advantage of becoming BQA certified for free.


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To get BQA certified for free, go to www.BIVI-BQA.com.

Florida Beef Council Keeping Up with Industry Issues

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The beef checkoff is involved in many aspects, including issues management. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says through the checkoff, they work to stay on top of issues affecting the industry.


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Georgia Beef Board Reminds Consumers about Helpful Website

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the beef checkoff, the website “beefitswhatsfordinner.com” provides a variety of information about beef for consumers. And Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says it’s a site they invite those how have questions about beef to check out.


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Growing Beets in Florida

Growing beets in Florida has become a pretty big deal due to the fact that it provides farmers with a good yielding crop that is a good quality feedstuff they can easily blend with grass or other dry matter to feed cattle herds. Amy Lyons with Beta Seeds explains.


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Commissioner McMillan Declares Friday, October 24th Food Day in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.

This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture to Proclaim Beef Day

aca-50-years-of-flavor“50 Years of Flavor” is the theme for October Beef Month in Alabama, and to promote beef in the state along with also honoring first responders for their courageous efforts on the job, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will proclaim “Beef Day” this Thursday at an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market in Montgomery.


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