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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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Florida Holds Beef 101 Course

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council held a Beef 101 course today, an event Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Georgia Expanding Team Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Team beef was a success for the Georgia Beef Board at the Peach Tree Road Race this summer, and thus Suzanne Bentley says they have decided to expand that promotional program.


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Alabama Cattlemen Present Best Steak Contest Award

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Monday evening, representatives from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association made the official presentation of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest award to the Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan. Receiving the award was Ted Toole, who told me their family was very pleased to win this.


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Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two of our largest trading partners. Our producers have already suffered discounts and faced the closure of a number of Read the rest of this entry »

Increased Meat Production, Decreased Milk Production

USDA has raised their forecast for total meat production for both 2014 and 2015. Acting World Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer first looks at their numbers for beef which is up both years.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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Consumers Going On-line to Learn about Beef

cbb-my-beef-canDid you know that since April 2014, the new beef checkoff digital advertising campaign has motivated over 1,700,000 consumers to visit the checkoff’s “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” website.


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Comment Period for Part of the Margin Protection Program

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Dairy farmers have until late November to enroll in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program. But comments are also being accepted for a segment of the program which are related to changes in management of dairy operations. Rod Bain has more.


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Cattle Producers Reminded to Get BQA Certified for Free

Josh White

Josh White

Cattle producers are being reminded you still have time to take part in becoming BQA certified for free. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, encourages producers to take advantage of this opportunity being presented by Boehringer Inglehim.


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USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Georgia Beef Board at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway in Moultrie, Georgia, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will stop by their booth to learn more on how beef checkoff dollars are being used across the state.


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Florida Cattlewomen Talk Beef at Southern Women’s Show

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Cattlewomen, along with the American National Cattlewomen, talked with many women about the healthy benefits of beef at a major event this past weekend. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council was pleased with everyone’s participation in promoting beef in Florida.


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Alabama Cattlemen Pleased with Best Steak Contest

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

October Beef Month events continue across Alabama, including last week’s announcement of this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest winner. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about this year’s winner along with also giving an update on another event which took place last week.


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Beef, Pork and Dairy Production all Tight

The latest forecast for livestock production shows total meat production for both 2014 and 2015 have been raised from last month. But, that does not means every sector is up, as USDA economist Robert Johansson runs through the numbers.


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Signup for Dairy Margin Protection Program

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Tom Vilsack

Signup for the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been underway since the first part of September, but the date it ends is just a little over six weeks away. And Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages dairy farmers who have yet to check into it to do so.


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Food Prices Consistent with Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While food prices have risen, Cindy Zimmerman reports that the rise has stayed consistent with inflation.


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Conestoga Steakhouse Wins Alabama’s Best Steak Contest

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

acaThe Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan, AL is the winner of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has the details.


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Florida Promotes Beef as an Important Part of your Diet

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes wants to remind everyone how important lean beef can be for a healthy diet.


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Georgia Beef Board Pleased with Fair

gbb-booth-2014-ga-fairThe Georgia Beef Board hopes you will stop by and see them at this year’s Georgia National Fair, and Suzanne Bentley says they are involved in various ways at this year’s event.


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Various Promotions Underway for Alabama Beef Month

aca-50-years-of-flavorA variety of events are taking place for the 50th anniversary of October Beef Month in Alabama, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says one of those will be held this Wednesday night in Auburn.


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Livestock Producers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 3, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.

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Beef Checkoff Group Meets with Vilsack

Forrest Roberts

Forrest Roberts

The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working together for the past couple of years to try and find ways to make the current beef checkoff program more effective and more efficient. In a teleconference this afternoon Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked about a meeting they had this past week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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Register Now for AFIA Feed Course

Now is the time to register for the Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Course, which is a 5-week e-learning platform program designed to help participants get a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.


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