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New Research on Aging Beef Value Cuts

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know research efforts have been underway using aging methods on beef value cuts? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dwain Johnson with the University of Florida explains what those efforts have involved.


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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Update

Other than a couple of potential hot spots, much of the country is noting very good to excellent pasture and rangeland conditions.


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FDACS Accepting Applications for 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants your nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.

Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture. Recipients of the Woman of the Year in Agriculture award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism and agricultural education and outreach. Read the rest of this entry »

Learning More about the Hotdog

hotdogThere have always been questions as to just how the hotdog got it’s start, but Cindy Zimmerman has information today which hopefully answers some of those.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Comments Needed; Immigration Reform Unlikely

AgNet This Week

Producer comments are needed on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and immigration reform is unlikely to happen this year. These are a few of the items covered in today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

California Narrowly Avoids Snail Catastrophe, Florida Still at Risk

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

African Land Snail

African Land Snail

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is warning Floridians in Miami and at other ports to be on the lookout for Giant African Land Snails, after it was reported Monday that inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscated 67 of the invasive, destructive snails this month.

Giant African Land Snails – known as GALS for short – were detected in Florida in 2011. Scientists consider GALS to be one of the most Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef at Dieticians Conference

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes has been attending the annual Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale this week, as she talks about how beef has been a part of the program.


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Georgia Beef Board Ready for Summer Conference

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will attend next week’s Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s Summer Conference, as they will be able to hear from the Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.


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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Continues

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that you have until August 1st to nominate your favorite steak restaurant in this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest.


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That’s COOL

COOL meat counterEverett Griner talks about Country of Origin now being law in today’s Agri View.


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The Future is Bright for Agriculture

One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Florida Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.

“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of Read the rest of this entry »

Producer Comments on Waters of the U.S. Needed

Scott George

Scott George

There was a lot in the news last week concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. And National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Immediate Past President Scott George urges producers to comment on this rule.


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Moving Legislation Forward to Rein in EPA

A House Subcommittee approved legislation last week to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nine-percent.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom 2014

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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 “Operation Outdoor Freedom,” celebrating its third year of events.


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

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 11th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/P.I.E. Center Steps Up Its Efforts for Agriculture

UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg

Telg

Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.


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FDACS Ag Law Enforcement At FL FFA Mtg

Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division

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As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.


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Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


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Georgia Cattlemen Searching for New EVP

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board, has announced he has accepted a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver.


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Cattle Industry Conference Pre-Registration Ends Sunday

This is a reminder that pre-registration for the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference closes this Sunday, July 13 for the event being held July 30-August 2 in Denver, Colorado.


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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions of Proposed WOTUS Rule Differ

More than 90 agriculture organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Immigration Reform Not Likely This Year

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

It looks like agriculture will have to go another year without comprehensive immigration reform needed to provide a steady and legal supply of migrant labor.


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Ag Exports are Up

The latest numbers show U.S. agricultural exports are up, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Cheesy

cheeseEverett Griner talks about some statistical facts about cheese in today’s Agri View.


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C. Dennis Carlton Named 2014 Florida Farmer of the Year

Dennis Carlton

Dennis Carlton

Cattle rancher, citrus grower and real estate investor C. Dennis Carlton has made a big impact in the city of Tampa and nearby parts of Florida.

A rancher for 40 years, his farming interests include more than 35,000 acres, of which 30,082 acres are rented and some 5,368 acres are owned.

As a result of his success as a cattle and citrus producer, Carlton has been selected as the Florida state winner of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. Carlton joins nine other state winners from the Southeast as Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Promotion Provides Double Increase

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know beef is being promoted through fun promotions? In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Richard Meadows from Houston County, Alabama talks about how a restaurant fared from a fun promotional contest in his state.


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