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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Formally Signed

Trans Pacific PartnershipThe next step in the journey of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal was reached with signing of the agreement by member nations Wednesday. Rod Bain has the story.


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The ACA Offers a Cattle Theft Reward Program for Stolen or Destroyed Cattle

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

acaMONTGOMERY— In light of the unfortunate calf butchering occurrences that have taken place on Lauderdale County cattle operations, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) urges state cattlemen and cattlewomen to remember the Cattle Theft Reward member benefit.

The ACA offers a Cattle Theft Reward program that awards $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Read the rest of this entry »

Long Takes Over as Georgia Farm Bureau President

Gerald Long

Gerald Long

When Zippy Duvall took the reigns as the new American Farm Bureau Federation president, Gerald Long of Bainbridge, Georgia became the new Georgia Farm Bureau president. I recently caught up with Long who told me this was a big change in his life.


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Water Projects Splits Senate GOP Leaders

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM SAUNDERS

News Service of FloridaTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 3, 2016………. In a move that caused a clash among Republican leaders, the Senate budget committee Wednesday approved spending $7.5 million for a project to address what lawmakers say is an environmental “emergency” in areas around Lake Okeechobee. Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Quality Assurance Making a Difference

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Limestone County, Alabama cattle producer Donna Jo Curtis says the beef quality assurance program has made a difference.


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Florida State Fair Opens Thursday

fl-state-fair-2016The annual Florida State Fair opens Thursday in Tampa, and various state officials will be on hand to kick off this year’s event. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Attorney General Bondi will open the event with first responders by “flipping the switch” to turn on the lights of the midway. They will then join local farmers, ranchers and representatives from Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Legislature Recognizes Farm Credit System

Dennis Carlton

Dennis Carlton

The nation’s Farm Credit system was created 100 years ago, when Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the farm credit system. It was designed to provide consistent access to credit for farmers and ranchers in rural communities. And that fact was recognized this week during the Florida Legislative session. Southeast AgNet’s Tallahassee intern Alex Lucas talked with Dennis Carlton about the role Farm Credit plays in Florida.


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Beloved UF Veterinary Medical Professor Passes Away

From the University of Florida Health News:

Paul Nicoletti

Paul Nicoletti

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A longtime University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member who spent his career working to improve public health, the health of livestock and the lives of veterinary medical students through scholarship support passed away Sunday (Jan. 31) at the age of 83.

Paul Nicoletti, D.V.M., M.S., a professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the college, was a 1956 graduate of the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine and received a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1962. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Missouri, with later duties in Wisconsin, New York, Mississippi and Florida. Most of his career was spent with the USDA and later at UF, where he taught Read the rest of this entry »

Statement from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black on Iowa Caucus Results

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Gary Black

Gary Black

When it comes to election results in this race or any other for that matter, it is not so much about the “who”, but the “what.” I hope going forward the candidates will dare to articulate a consistent message about rural America. We need specifics, not sound bites, about where the candidates stand on important topics such as the elimination of the death tax, implementation of crushing regulations like Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Ag Hall of Fame is Next Week

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS wants to congratulate this year’s inductees into the Florida Ag Hall of Fame. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says there are four deserving folks that will be inducted on February 9 in Tampa.


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Georgia Teachers Learn More about the Beef Industry

Bailey Toates

Bailey Toates

The Georgia Beef Board continues its efforts in working with teachers across the state in providing information about the beef industry. And according to Bailey Toates, director of communications and youth activities for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the board was able to attend an event this past weekend where a lot of beef information was given out.


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Florida Beef Involved in Tallahassee Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

A big event is taking place Wednesday in Tallahassee that will showcase many of the state’s agricultural products. And according to Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes, that includes beef.


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