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BQA Training for Georgia Students

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Dr. Lee Jones explains why he feels it’s important for their vet students to become BQA certified.


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Discussing Big Data for Agriculture

Picture courtesy of AgWired

Picture courtesy of AgWired

A panel discussion was held during a breakfast last week by the National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Day in Washington D.C. According to a story from AgWired, topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, and research were discussed. One of the participants was Matt Erickson, chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, who talked about Big Data and agriculture.


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Many Factors Affecting Dairy Industry

Bob Bosold

Bob Bosold

During a recent tour held in South Florida, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with Wisconsin farm broadcaster Bob Bosold and they talked about the dairy industry and agriculture as a whole.


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New Option for Vaccinating against Pneumonia Caused by M. haemolytica

From Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., (Mar. 25, 2015) — Pneumonia has always been a concern for dairy producers and Mannheimia haemolytica (M. haemolytica, formerly called Pasteurella haemolytica) is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in cattle.1 Exposure to respiratory viruses, coupled with reduced immunity caused by overcrowding, new herd additions, transportation, ventilation insufficiencies and sudden weather changes are factors that increase the risk of this type of pneumonia. Because these opportunistic bacteria can become Read the rest of this entry »

Culinary Students to Learn about Georgia Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Last week, Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board talked about how they had recently conducted a beef seminar for high school culinary teachers. Now this week, she says they will be stopping by a high school to talk beef with culinary students.


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Florida Junior Cattlemen Promoting Beef

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Junior Cattlemen’s Association State President, Anna Conrad, loves talking with others about the beef industry. And she’s had opportunities to work with the Florida Beef Council in doing just that at various events.


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Talking Beef with Alabama Dieticians

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says they recently were able to attend an event to talk beef with dieticians from across the state.


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NMPF Statement on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

From the National Milk Producers Federation
Delivered by Beth Briczinski, NMPF Vice President of Dairy Foods & Nutrition:

The Departments of Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, are holding a public meeting today in Bethesda, Maryland, to receive public oral comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The National Milk Producers Federation is one of Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Florida Beef Checkoff Legislation

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Week three of the Florida Legislative session was a fairly busy week for lawmakers according to Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. One issue the association is closely watching is the Florida Beef Checkoff legislation, which he says did see some action in the Senate this week.


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BQA Transportation Symposium Registration Open

Josh White

Josh White

All cattle transporters, dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers are being urged to attend The Cattle Transportation Symposium May 14-15 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, provides a venue for industry experts and stakeholders to gather and discuss issues, research, and solutions that directly relate to cattle transportation. Josh White, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association explains.


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BQA Certification Is Good for Producers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Florida’s Max Irsick knows how important it is for producers to be BQA certified.


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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Cattle Prices Keep Rising While Milk Prices Drop

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be pretty much more of the same for the beef industry…lower beef output and higher cattle prices. But when it comes to milk, Gary Crawford reports there’s more than just an increase in output behind the big drop in those prices.


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Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

USDAToday is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.


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Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo Is This Weekend

sle-logoThe 2015 Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will take place March 19–21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association invites everyone to attend.


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Tickets are available at the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association office, by calling 1-888-2rodeo2 or at the ACA website.

Beef Farm-to-Fork Tours Getting the Message Out in Florida

Cliff Coddington

Cliff Coddington

Chairman of the Florida Beef Council, Cliff Coddington, has seen how important farm-to-fork tours they’ve held are to the industry as tour participants learn many things about the beef industry.


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Culinary Teachers Learn about Georgia Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has information about an event they attended this past weekend where they talked beef with high school culinary teachers.


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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

ag-day-web-banner-2015This Wednesday, March 18 will be National Agriculture Day, spotlighting American agriculture and serving as a reminder that agriculture is part of us all.


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For more information go to www.agday.org.

Seven Groups Sign Beef Checkoff MOU

Seven national organizations that are members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group reached an agreement last Friday on how to proceed with a campaign to increase the checkoff from one-dollar per head to two-dollars per head.


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U.S. Producers Impressed with FoodEx Trade Show in Tokyo

usmefA group of U.S. producers and other industry leaders recently traveled to Shanghai and Tokyo for the U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo, a market education program designed to give USMEF members an opportunity to observe international marketing activities for U.S. red meat and to learn more about the business climate in specific international markets. Joe Schuele has more on that story.


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Now Is a Good Time to Get BQA Certified

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Auburn University’s Frank Owsley is pleased that producers can go through the BQA certification process online for free. And he encourages you to do so before this offer expires on April 15th.


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12th Annual Georgia Ag Day a Big Success

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Agriculture Week in Georgia is officially kicked off thanks to a successful Ag Day celebration held Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black, the event drew visitors from across Georgia, including members of the General Assembly, 4-H and FFA students and representatives of various agricultural organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with commodity groups and Read the rest of this entry »

Sign Up Now for Alabama Cowboy Cookoff

aca-cowboy-cookoff-logoThe Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will take place March 19-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, and according to Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, they will once again host the Cowboy Cookoff that Saturday, March 21.


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Florida Beef Council Pleased with New Heart-Check Mark

fbc-logo-2012The Beef Checkoff Program recently announced that Extra Lean Ground Beef is now certified by the American Heart Association to display its Heart-Check mark. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council is pleased with this news.


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Georgia Beef Board Attends Ag Day Celebration

gbb-ag-day-booth-2015The annual Georgia Ag Day Celebration took place today at the Freight Depot in Atlanta, and Suzanne Bentley is pleased with the many people they were able to talk with at the event.


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USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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USDA Collecting Data on Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Researchers are trying to find out the real facts about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Gary Crawford has the story.


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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues

In reaction to a new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Milk Producers Federation said it underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health.


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BQA Certification Important for Consumers and Retailers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Jason Duggin knows a big reason for producers to become BQA certified is consumer confidence.


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Milk, Home Made

milk in the microbiology laboratory
Everett Griner talks about lab produced milk is on the way in today’s Agri View.


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