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Yoho Petitions USDA Rule

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho from Florida petitioned a USDA rule demanding the Obama Administration stop the importation of beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina.


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To learn more and sign the letter, click here.

Few Changes to Meat Outlook

USDA released the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report Friday and there weren’t many changes to the meat forecast compared to last month.


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U.S. Beef, Pork Exports Sluggish in May

U.S. beef and pork exports fell in May below year-ago levels.


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Cattle Producers to Gather in Denver This Week

ncba-summer-conf-2015More than 600 cattle producers are expected to gather at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver this week to help set direction for industry programs.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Cuban Agricultural Overview Presented at FFAA Gathering

Bill Messina

Bill Messina

In an overview of Cuban agriculture last week, University of Florida’s Bill Messina told Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association members that if and when trade opens with the island nation, it could bring Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Finals Qualifying for Ranch Rodeos

fca-ranch-rodeoThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone there are only two qualifying rodeos remaining this season for this year’s Ranch Rodeo State Finals. One of those will be July 17-18 in Hardee County with the other July 31-August 1 in DeSoto County. Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill has more on this story.


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Agricultural Export Values Still on the Decline

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The latest trade data we have continues to show declines in the value of U.S. agricultural exports. Gary Crawford has the details.


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Florida NRCS Offers Various Programs

Trent Mathews

Trent Mathews

Santa Rosa County, Florida District Conservationist, Trent Mathews, says USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service offers many programs that can help landowners and encourages folks to learn more about them.


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TPP Remains on Track for Final Talks this Month

Trade with other countries is of course very important to agriculture as a whole. And a trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement, as the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet later this month for the last round of talks.


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Cattlewomen Promoting U.S. Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Michelle Grimmer from Plant City, Florida has information about another way checkoff dollars are used by cattlewomen to relay the beef message to consumers.


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

Canadian Beef Prices Show No Sign of Easing

While U.S. producers work towards rebuilding cattle numbers after a prolonged drought, dry conditions in Canada has left producers there in a similar situation.


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FAMU President to Serve on Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade

From Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade. Mangum was selected via a national competitive process.

In 1974, Congress established APAC to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: FFA Helps Careers; USDA Program Signup

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Much for Congress to Do

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

Congress is back from its 4th of July break with a lot of work remaining on agriculture. While passage of TPA was a huge win for agriculture, American Farm Bureau’s Dale Moore says there is still much left to do before Congress breaks again for its summer recess.


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Training Young Florida Beef Representatives

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about how the beef checkoff was instrumental in helping train young people in the Florida beef industry.


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‘Alabama’s Best Steak Contest’ is Underway

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says voting is underway in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out who serves the best ribeye in the state.


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Pleased About Georgia Team Beef Efforts

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board is pleased with Team Beef’s efforts at this past weekend’s Peach Tree Road Race in Atlanta, and she talks about how even more people are interested in becoming a part of the team.


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USDA Video: Grilling Like a PRO

USDA gives us some tips on how to grill like a PRO this summer to avoid food-borne illnesses.


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Alabama Man Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Brandon Neely

Brandon Neely

Livestock auctioneer and Southside, Ala. native Brandon Neely can already check “becoming a national champion” off his bucket list at the age of 29. Neely earned the top spot in the Livestock Marketing Association’s 52nd World Livestock Auctioneer Championship held recently in Texas.


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More Lawsuits Against WOTUS

State attorneys general in many states, including Alabama, Florida and Georgia, have joined in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new rule, “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. This rule is claimed to unlawfully expand the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.


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Ona White Angus Herd Up for Public Auction to be Held at Range Cattle REC

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ona-white-angusGAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Ona White Angus herd will be sold through a public auction at the University of Florida, Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, this fall or early winter.

The Ona White Angus was developed over two decades of cross-breeding various Read the rest of this entry »

Great Florida Cattle Drive

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Five hundred head of cattle, 50 miles, and wagons are welcome for the 2016 Great Florida Cattle Drive, January 23-30. Josh McGill has more on this story.
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Deep South Stocker Conference Coming in August

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference this year will be taking place next month in Alabama.


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Florida’s Agritourism Industry is Soaring

Florida’s top two industries are tourism and agriculture, and when you combine the two, it becomes something special for many folks across the state.


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Applications Accepted for 2015 Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award through August 15.


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For more information about the program or to download the 2015 nomination application visit FreshFromFlorida.com.

2015 Latin American Product Showcase will be Largest Ever

usmefThe fifth edition of the U.S. Meat Export Federation Latin American Product Showcase is coming up July 15-16 in Costa Rica, and is shaping up as the largest ever. Joe Schuele has the story.


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First Annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Planned

The First annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly Meeting is planned for July 14 and 15 in Denver Colorado. The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in Read the rest of this entry »

The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

July in America. It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks. It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers.

2015 marks America’s 239th birthday.

July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people.

One hundred and fifty-three years later, this tradition continues across America through the network of 112 land-grant universities, which collectively educate the next generation of agricultural professionals and scientists and are helping find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for Read the rest of this entry »

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