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Florida Cattlemen Promoting New Legislation

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association were in Tallahassee this week for their annual Legislative Quarterly meeting and Sam Ard, FCA Director of Governmental Affairs, says the main topic of discussion for them was new legislation introduced this week.


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Beef Industry Discusses Research Efforts

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

The Beef Industry Safety Summit took place last week in Dallas, Texas and Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the beef industry got together for their annual meeting.


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Teamwork Restores Wetlands for Clean Water, Wildlife, Everglades

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

fl-nrcs-williamson-ranchGAINESVILLE, Fla., March 11, 2015 – Partnerships: they need a little give and take. Sometimes, they give a lot back. That was the case when the South Florida Water Management District teamed with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, (NRCS) to restore a 533-acre area on the Williamson Ranch about six miles northwest of Indiantown, Fla. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen Visit Tallahassee

Henry Kempfer

Henry Kempfer


The Florida Cattlemen’s Association is holding their annual Legislative Quarterly meeting this week in Tallahassee. Over 130 cattlemen are in town talking with State Senators and Representatives on issues of importance to the cattle industry. Henry Kempfer from Deer Park, Florida is FCA President and explains what this day is all about. .


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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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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

USDA Review Panel Releases Preliminary Report on MARC Center

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel completed the 60-day independent review ordered by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and has released its report on animal treatment at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska.


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Report on Strategy Regarding Antimicrobial Use in Food-Producing Animals

In December 2013, the Food and Drug Administration took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing a guidance that calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove indications for use related to growth promotion from their product labels.


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Rustling Again

Beef Cattle
Everett Griner talks about cattle thieves still at work in today’s Agri View.


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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 »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Seed Company News; Georgia PEDv Update

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Georgia and news about a seed company supporting a University of Florida project. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

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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Still Working on Transportation Issues

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Transportation issues are just one of the many things the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to work on in Washington, D.C. Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for NCBA, says this is still one of the biggest issues for the cattle industry.


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Florida Producers Invited to Learn More about Farm Bill Programs

usda-logoUSDA’S Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida invites producers to Gainesville this coming Thursday morning, March 12, to learn more about Farm Bill programs and conservation compliance requirements.


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Spring Break Tours for Auburn Animal Science Students

Dr. Wayne Greene

Dr. Wayne Greene

Head of the Animal Science Department at Auburn University, Dr. Wayne Greene, says students will be taking part in two different spring break trips this year.


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Florida Cattlemen Legislative Quarterly is This Week

FCAAll members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association are encouraged to attend the FCA Legislative Quarterly Meeting March 10-12 in Tallahassee. The primary focus is for cattlemen to meet with State Senators and Representatives or their staff to discuss issues of importance to the cattle industry.


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Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 6, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus which has been reported in Georgia, provide information about a couple of March deadlines, and look at how avocados are attracting attention.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 7th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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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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Cattle Producers Urged to Attend Legislative Conference

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be holding their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 24th through 26th. Colin Woodall, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, says this will be an extremely important meeting.


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Georgia Legislation Introduced to Protect Livestock Producers

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Discussions this past week in the Georgia General Assembly included issues affecting those with livestock to metal theft. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar has the details.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

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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Water Policy Flows Easily from Florida House

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 5, 2015………. A plan that would make changes to the management of the state’s natural springs and address drinking-water issues across Central Florida and the flow of pollution in and out of Lake Okeechobee was approved Thursday by the House on the third day of the legislative session.

The proposal (HB 7003), which has backing from the state’s agriculture industry and influential business groups, must still Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the House of Representative’s Passage of Comprehensive Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement in regards to the House of Representative’s passage of a comprehensive water policy bill, House Bill 7003.

“Florida’s most unifying feature is our water, and the House of Representatives has shown great leadership in passing a bill that will provide a comprehensive, long-term and flexible approach to protecting the Read the rest of this entry »

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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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida NRCS State Technical Advisory Meeting to Discuss New Farm Bill

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Florida, Russell Morgan, invites producers to attend the State Technical Advisory Committee public meeting next Thursday, March 12 in Gainesville. He says discussions will include an overview of 2014 Farm Bill programs.


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Alabama NRCS Reminder that CSP Signup Deadline is March 13

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Alabama, Dr. William Puckett, reminds farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers the extended general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications will end next Friday, March 13.


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