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Alabama’s Best Steak-Voting Begins Today!

aca-best-steak-logo-2015Who serves the best Ribeye in Alabama? Voting begins today in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out. You have from now until August 15th to visit alabamasbeststeak.com and vote for your favorite Alabama steakhouse. A bracket challenge will determine the top “Fiery 4” restaurants, but only one will be named home to Alabama’s Best Steak.

Promoting U.S. Beef Overseas

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Brian Smith from Green Hill, Alabama says the checkoff is instrumental in helping get our product in markets overseas.


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Dairy Producers Can Now Enroll in Margin Protection Program

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

July 1 was the start date for dairy producers to enroll in USDA’S 2016 Margin Protection Program. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini discusses how the program works.


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Raw Milk

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Everett Griner talks about problems, or not, with raw milk in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Acreage Down; Peanut Acreage Up

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes two USDA reports that show certain field crop acreage going in opposite directions: Cotton acreage is down 18 percent while peanut acreage is up the same percentage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Georgia Team Beef Ready for Peach Tree Road Race

ga-team-beefTeam Beef, through the Georgia Beef Board, will be involved once again this year with the Peach Tree Road Race. Suzanne Bentley says the expo before the race will be held this Thursday and Friday where they hope to talk with a lot of consumers.


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Educators Learn More about Beef in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about an event the Council took part in this past weekend where members were able to discuss beef with educators.


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President Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015)-Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers.

President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Update from UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science in Tifton

There are a variety of activities that take place each year with the University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science in Tifton. Dr. John Bernard runs through some of the many things they are involved with and has news of interest for producers.


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Proud of Corn Silage and Forage Field Day Event

uf-uga-corn-silage-field-daThe University of Florida and University of Georgia hold a Corn Silage and Forage Field Day each year which rotates between Citra, Florida and Tifton, Georgia. This year’s event took place recently in Tifton and Jerry Wasdin, University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences Beef and Dairy Units Coordinator, said next year the event will be back in Citra.


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Producers See New Varieties at Field Day

IMG_7351The University of Georgia and University of Florida held their annual Corn Silage and Forage Field Day last week. John Bernard, University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science professor in Tifton, said the event included showing some of the new varieties companies have entered into their statewide variety test trials.


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Stretching the Beef Checkoff Dollar

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Florida beef producer Jim Lefils knows it’s a struggle to make that dollar per head stretch as the dollar bill just doesn’t go as far as it used to.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Water-Use Efficiency; Honeybees and Crops

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes videos that explain how Cotton Incorporated is trying to increase water-use efficiency in cotton production and how an Alabama farmer is using honeybees to pollinate his soybean crop. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Takes Part in BQA Training Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about an event they took part in today to help producers learn more about identifying management processes that can be improved.


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Georgia Beef Board Promoting New Recipe Videos

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the beef checkoff, there are new videos designed to help consumers when cooking beef. Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board explains what these videos are all about and where you can find them.


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BQA Award Deadline Extended

bqa-logoAward applications for the 10th annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance Award continue to be accepted as the entry deadline has been extended until June 25th. The 2016 National BQA Awards recognize five winners in the areas of beef, dairy, marketing and education. To Read the rest of this entry »

Checkoff Educating Consumers about Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Gerald Long from Bainbridge, Georgia knows how important the beef checkoff is in reaching today’s consumers.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Benefits for Farmers Markets; Ag Gets Waiver

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports on how farmers can benefit from USDA grants, and how livestock farmers and other ag people have been granted a waiver from the Hours-of-Service rule. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef on the Grill

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

While many of us already feel it’s already here, summer officially starts this week. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says when you think of summertime, you think of grilling steaks and that great sizzling sound.


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Georgia Beef Board Ready for Summer Event

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board is preparing for a big event coming up next month. Suzanne Bentley has the details.


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Ag Gets Waiver from Hours-of-Service Rule

Livestock farmers were granted a 2-year waiver last week from the U.S. Transportation Department’s hours-of-service rule for certain drivers.


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Beef Checkoff is Best Thing to Ever Happen to Industry

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Harvey Lemmon from Woodbury, Georgia knows how important it is to have the checkoff to reach today’s consumers.


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Sarah Martin Wins Checkoff’s ‘Rev It Up’ Contest

From the Beef Checkoff Program:

beef-checkoff-logoThe votes have been tallied … and the winner in the beef checkoff’s ‘Rev It Up’ My ROI Checkoff Challenge is SARAH MARTIN from Scammon, Kansas!

For the past eight weeks, the checkoff has encouraged investors to share how they personally benefit from checkoff efforts, for a chance to win a generously donated (by) Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Limiting Farm Entities; Weather and Bird Flu

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on opposition to a proposal that would limit the number of entities on a farming operation as well as news on how warm weather is affecting avian influenza. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Pro Start Report

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has the details from the just completed final report of the Federation of State Beef Council’s funded program working with Pro Start high school culinary students.


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Georgia Beef Month Chapter Challenge

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers who helped promote May Beef Month will enter the annual Beef Month Promotion Contest.


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Beef Checkoff Rev It Up Challenge Voting Ends Sunday

beef-checkoff-logoThe beef checkoff’s Rev It Up My ROI Checkoff Challenge has seen many producers sharing their stories, but folks are being reminded now is the time to vote for the winner.


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Digital Beef Campaign Continues

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff,” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jennifer Houston, vice chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils, says she is pleased with how the Digital Beef Campaign is progressing.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Reviewing WOTUS Rule; EPA on Clean Water Act

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a review of the EPA’s final “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule and comments on this rule from the deputy assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Water. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Southeast Unit Cattlemen’s Beef Board Positions Open

USDA is looking for nominations to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. According to AgWeb, any beef producer in the U.S. who owns cattle, or any importer who imports cattle or beef is eligible. All eligible producers or importers are encouraged to seek nomination by this coming Friday, June 5th. The Board administers the research and promotion program authorized by Read the rest of this entry »

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