In 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.
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.
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 »
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.
The 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.
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 »
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.
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.
In 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.
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:
“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 »
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.
Today 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?”.
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.
A 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.
In 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.
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 »
The 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.
The 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.
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.
In 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.