In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.
The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working together for the past couple of years to try and find ways to make the current beef checkoff program more effective and more efficient. In a teleconference this afternoon Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked about a meeting they had this past week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Now is the time to register for the Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Course, which is a 5-week e-learning platform program designed to help participants get a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.
Steve Musser, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds producers that October 17th is the signup batching date to get funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in 2015.
At the end of August, USDA-APHIS announced a proposal to import fresh and frozen beef and live cattle from certain regions in Argentina. And Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this came on the heels of a proposal from USDA last December to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from Brazil.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation has staff in Brazil this week conducting research on the current state of Brazilian beef and pork production and the export outlook for both products. Joe Schuele has the details.
Washington, DC¬– Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), along with others, sent a letter recently to Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea. The letter is asking the agency to halt the implementation of the their proposed rule from December 2013 – allowing for the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil – until an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office of the methodology of the site visits takes place. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on new USDA risk management programs and a reminder about an important deadline. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
October marks the 50th anniversary of one of the longest running beef promotion programs in the country, October Beef Month in Alabama. And the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley says they are celebrating with 50 years of flavor.
The beef checkoff launched a totally redesigned MyBeefCheckoff.com on Sept. 28, providing checkoff payers, leaders, staff and media with an easy-to-navigate selection of checkoff resources and information to highlight checkoff programs and results. Read the rest of this entry »
We told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.
When it comes to EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule, emotions continue to run high. The White House is reviewing the proposal which is intended to vastly expand the agency’s control of U.S. waters on and off farms and ranches.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA announcing new programs designed to help farmers better manage risk, a reminder for cotton producers that the sign up period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program will soon end, and a reminder for eligible livestock producers that September 30th deadline to sign up for the livestock disaster program and receive full payment.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association set a goal of having 10,000 comments submitted to the EPA to push back against their “Waters of the United States” proposal. NCBA Treasurer and Oklahoma Cattleman, Richard Gebhart urges producers to get those comments submitted.
In two separate letters sent by Congress, an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office has been requested in response to the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina, as well as live cattle from Argentina.
From the National Association of Conservation Districts:
WASHINGTON, DC—September 25, 2015—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) leadership met with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Unfortunately representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.
“We appreciate the opportunity to be at the table to represent conservation districts on this important issue,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Our goal in this meeting was to Read the rest of this entry »
Next Tuesday, September 30 is an important date for eligible livestock producers, as that’s the deadline to sign up for a USDA Farm Bill livestock disaster program and receive full payment. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains.
The Florida Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that the annual FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival is taking place this Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. FCA’s Jim Handley says the annual event will take place at the Silver Spurs Arena and Grounds in Kissimmee.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind farmers and ranchers that November 21 is the deadline to apply for 2015 financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And one producer knows the benefits EQIP can provide.