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Vilsack on Beef Checkoff Matter

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Tom Vilsack

We told you earlier this week that the National Farmers Union Board of Directors had voted to withdraw from the Beef Checkoff Working Group. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the NFU on ways to possibly amend the beef checkoff program, as Rod Bain has the story.


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Meat Production Forecasts Reduced

USDA released its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates for September, and when it comes to the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section, the forecasts for total meat production in both 2014 and 2015 were reduced from last month.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!

Animal Smart

farm animalsEverett Griner talks about the brain power of farm animals in today’s Agri View.


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The Number One Protein Choice

When it comes to consuming proteins, what is the number one meat choice among most folks? Well, Cindy Zimmerman answers that question in this report.


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Pleased with House Passage of WOTUS Protection Act

Many in agriculture were pleased with the U.S. House approving H.R. 5078 this week, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.


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Springs Projects Approved by Florida Legislative Panel

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THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 10, 2014 …… Money is now flowing toward 27 projects intended to improve some of the state’s most endangered natural springs.

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, made up of House and Senate members, agreed Wednesday to use $25 million for a list of springs projects outlined last month by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Department of Environmental Protection. Lawmakers put the $25 million into Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Continues Interacting with Consumers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know consumers may not be as familiar with beef as we think? In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Maggie Hart from Moultrie, Georgia was able to see a lot of what the beef checkoff does this summer in helping consumers better understand how to cook certain beef cuts.


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U.S. Producers Lend Expertise to Buyer Seminar in Japan

Joe Schuele

Joe Schuele

A delegation of producers from the U.S. pork, beef, corn and soybean industries are in Japan this week for meetings with key players in the Japanese meat trade. Joe Schuele has the story.


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NFU Board Votes to Withdraw from Beef Checkoff Working Group

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors has voted to withdraw from the Beef Checkoff Working Group.


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U.S. House Says No to WOTUS Proposal

By a vote of 262-152, the U.S. House has approved H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Cindy Zimmerman has more.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Conservation Funding; WOTUS Maps

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features details on a new conservation program and information on the Waters of the U.S proposal. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

House Approves Southerland Bill to Preserve Clean Water Partnership

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded House approval today of legislation he introduced prohibiting Washington agencies from disrupting the federal-state partnership that has successfully improved water quality for more than 40 years. Southerland’s Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), which passed the House with the votes of 35 House Democrats, prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing a new rule that would expand federal regulatory authority at the expense of states. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef Council Hosting Social Media Training

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says promoting beef and the ranching industry in Florida to consumers is the reason for a social media training they are hosting this week.


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Promoting Georgia Beef for Tailgating

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Beef makes a great tailgating item at your favorite football game, and that’s why the Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they will be promoting just that in an upcoming segment on Atlanta TV.


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Meat Export Values Continue at Record Pace

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According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, July meat exports slowed but the values remain at a record pace.


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Senators want GIPSA Policy Riders Removed

Thirteen Senators have signed a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for the elimination of policy riders on the funding bill for USDA regarding livestock and poultry marketing rules.


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Escambia County 4-H Club Celebrates its Centennial as Oldest Continuous Club in Florida

From the University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Barrineau Park 4-H Club.

A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. Read the rest of this entry »

Higher Beef Prices Not Slowing Demand

Cindy Zimmerman reports that despite the fact we are seeing higher beef prices, demand continues to be strong.


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Vilsack Announces Conservation Funding

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a teleconference this afternoon to announce conservation funding to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation through a new Natural Resources Conservation Service Program.


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Alabama Cattlemen Looking Ahead at Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says they are looking ahead to their next convention by holding a couple of meetings next week to discuss plans for the 2015 event.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 5

USDA-Week-In-Review-SeptembA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the video.

Florida Ranchers Concerned with Coyotes

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Coyotes are a permanent part of Florida’s environment, and thus it’s necessary to understand the ag community’s perception of the influence of them on livestock and wildlife. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says that’s why they were involved in a recent survey about these animals.


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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding another Regional Event

aac-logoThe Alabama Agribusiness Council invites anyone interested to join them for the second of three regional events in Dothan this Thursday. Their Executive Director Leigha Cauthen has the details.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 5, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending September 5th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Groups Release ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Mapping Tool

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2014 – The National Pork Producers Council, along with other agricultural groups, today unveiled an interactive website that shows land likely to be regulated by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association would like to remind everyone about the annual FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival coming up September 26-27th.


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Beef Producer Pleased with Return on Investment

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know many beef producers were pleased to hear the results from the recent ROI study about their Beef Checkoff Program? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Cliff Coddington from Sarasota, Florida is one producer very pleased with the results.


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Possible Vote on WOTUS

The U.S. House may vote next week on a bid to block EPA’s controversial rule to vastly expand its U.S. waters jurisdiction.


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