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Fate of Country of Origin Labeling Still Up in the Air

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

There has been controversy around the U.S. country of origin labeling rules for at least the last six years, and we still are not sure about its fate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Gary Crawford has more.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 1, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we update Farm Bill implementation, look at action that took in the U.S. House and Senate, and talk about how recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers changing thoughts about what to plant.

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Farm Bill Implementation Continues

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Tom Vilsack

So far, farm bill implementation is going well according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, who says 5.2-billion dollars in disaster assistance payments to more than 620,000 producers have been distributed.


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Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on the Role of Milk in Child Nutrition Programs

From the National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association:

WASHINGTON, DC – A Capitol Hill briefing for House staff yesterday focused on a new report on “Fluid Milk in School Programs” by the National Dairy Council. It was hosted by Representative G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) in the House Committee on Agriculture. The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association strongly support the National Dairy Council’s report and helped coordinate the briefing.

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‘Rev It Up’ My ROI Checkoff Challenge for Beef Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jeanne Harland, co-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Producer Communications Working Group, says you still have time to get involved in the “Rev It Up” My ROI Checkoff Challenge.


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

Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza Update; Conservation Compliance

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes U.S. Department of Agriculture information, including an update on avian influenza and a reminder on the deadline for Conservation Compliance Provisions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Ready to Celebrate May Beef Month in Florida

fbc-logo-2012May is just around the corner, and it will be a big month in Florida as Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says they will once again be celebrating Beef Month.


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Georgia Beef Board Promoting 30 Day Protein Challenge

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board is getting ready to celebrate May Beef Month, and according to Suzanne Bentley, one way of doing that is by inviting consumers to take part in the 30 Day Protein Challenge.


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Spring BQA Certification Shows Commitment to Quality

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaThe spring 2015 free BQA certification period showed great results as Melissa Sandfort has the details.


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For more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

USDA Announces Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers to Address Climate Change

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 23, 2015 — In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA’s Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Through these efforts, USDA expects to reduce net emissions and Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Helping Producers Meet Consumer Needs

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Florida dairy producer Bob Butler says producing a good product for the consumer is what it’s all about, and that’s why being BQA certified is important.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Georgia Commodity Commissions Accepting Nominations for Board Members

gda-logoThe Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commissions for Apples, Blueberry, Cotton, Milk, Peaches, Pecans, Tobacco and Vegetables are accepting nominations to fill several positions on each Commodity Commission board.


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Nomination forms can be found on Georgia Department of Agriculture Commodity Promotion web page.

Southeast AgNet This Week: More on Avian Influenza

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes updates on how the avian influenza outbreaks are being handled. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Partners Help Promote Alabama Beef

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association partners with various groups in beef promotions around the state, and Erin Beasley has an example of one of those they work with in various ways.


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Florida Beef Council to Meet with Cattlewomen

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says Cattlewomen from across the Southeast will be in Florida later this week for their Region II meeting.


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Georgia Beef Board to Attend State FFA Convention

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they are looking forward to taking part in the annual Georgia State FFA Convention in Macon this week.


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Disaster Assistance through ELAP

A USDA disaster assistance program is helping those who suffered certain livestock losses. Rod Bain has the details.


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Livestock Groups Support TPA Legislation

Trade Promotion Authority legislation was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, after taking testimony from Cabinet level officials like Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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2015 Meat and Poultry Production Forecast is Raised

The April meat production forecast has been increased by USDA.


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UF Veterinary College Launches Groundbreaking Scholarship Initiative

In an effort to reverse the troubling trend of steadily increasing veterinary medical student debt, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has launched an ambitious scholarship initiative with the goal of rapidly increasing annual scholarship awards.


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The Marketplace is Triggering Changes in Animal Agriculture

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Tom Vilsack

Marketplace pressure is bringing about changes in how livestock producers raise and care for their animals. Gary Crawford has more on that story with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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BQA is a Good Management Practice

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Will Cabe from Red Hill, Georgia says it is worth the time to go through the BQA certification program.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza News; Deadlines Tomorrow

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on bird flu outbreaks and two important deadlines occurring tomorrow. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Reminder: Free BQA Certification Ending

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Tomorrow, April 15, is the final day cattle producers will be able to take advantage of the free online certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council hopes ranchers who have yet to go through the program will take advantage of this great offer.


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To get BQA certified online for free, go to BQA.org.

Alabama Conducting Beef 101 Events

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

During April, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will conduct a total of four Beef 101 events. Erin Beasley says they are all taking place at Auburn University.


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Georgia Beef Board to Take Part in Peach Tree Road Race

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Last year, the Georgia Beef Board took part in the annual Peach Tree Road Race. According to Suzanne Bentley, they will be doing it again this year.


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Free BQA Certification Ends Wednesday

bqa-logoThe Beef Checkoff program and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. wants to remind cattle producers the free certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program ends this coming Wednesday, April 15.


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To become BQA certified, visit BQA.org.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Free BQA Certification Period Ending Soon

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaHere is a reminder that if you have yet to take part in the BQA free-online certification period, you’d better hurry as it ends April 15. In our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs Dr. Scott King, director of marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., explains why they are promoting the BQA program.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer Deadline Today; Women Legislators

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on an important deadline happening today for farmers as well as a report on a meeting of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

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