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UF/IFAS-led Team Finds Faster, Better Way to Detect Salmonella in Meat, Chicken

From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
By: Brad Buck

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of scientists led by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers has found a faster and more precise way to detect salmonella in beef and chicken, a finding that could help prevent major illnesses.

Salmonella is the lauding cause of bacteria-associated foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to the study. Thus, Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Production up Five Percent in 2016

The beef cow herd and beef production continues to increase. Ag Web Dot Com said with three-quarters of 2016 done, beef production is up five percent over last year, and will continue to post monthly gains for the rest of this year and into 2017.

Not only are the numbers of cattle growing, but they’re getting bigger as well. Weight data is showing steers are Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Education Webpage

beef checkoffCathy Isom tells you about the new online tools designed to beef up your learning experience in the field and on the farm. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

RCPP Offers Opportunities in Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements. Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with Alabama NRCS, encourages folks to learn more about RCPP.


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Reminder for Florida Landowners about EQIP Signup

USDA/NRCSUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind landowners that the signup for 2017 funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) continues. But Darryl Williams, district conservationist in the Okaloosa County NRCS office, says the deadline is October 21st for those who are eligible.


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Challenges to New Water Standards Tossed Out

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM SAUNDERS

News Service of FloridaTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 14, 2016………. Siding with the Department of Environmental Protection on procedural grounds, an administrative law judge has rejected a series of challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter on Tuesday issued an 11-page ruling that dismissed the challenges filed last month by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Read the rest of this entry »

House Agriculture Committee Advances Three Bills

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

house-committee-on-agToday, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 470, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act; H.R. 5883, legislation to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act; and H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act.

“Thank you to my colleagues for advancing these three bipartisan bills. These individual pieces of legislation help prioritize federal forest land ownership, ensure that our nation’s laws reflect technological changes in our livestock markets, and allow volunteers to help maintain Forest Service trails.”

H.R. 470, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), would give the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida/IFAS Earned Record $140 Million for Research

From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences:
By: Brad Buck

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences tackled many issues, including battling citrus greening, developing improved turfgrass and crops as well as combatting agricultural pests with a record $140 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, an 11 percent increase over the previous year. Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Responds to Concerns about Possible Imports of Brazilian Beef

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Due to concerns about the possible re-introduction of foot and mouth disease, many in the cattle industry are very concerned with the U.S. importing beef from Brazil. Back in early August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the U.S. will resume importing fresh, frozen or chilled, beef products from Brazil. Gary Crawford reports that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had a response this week to those concerns.


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Discussing Succession Planning for Farmers

Michael Loney

Michael Loney

We’ve heard time and time again how the average age of the U.S. farmer is getting older and older. And because of that, one man says succession planning for farmers is extremely important. Southeast AgNet’s Ernie Neff talked with Michael Loney, a regional director for John Hancock Life Insurance Company, about this and other issues of importance for farmers looking at retirement.


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Florida Cattlewomen Hosting New Beef Promotion

fbcBeef Checkoff dollars help Florida Cattlewomen promote beef in various ways each year. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about a brand new, month-long program that will be hosted by the Florida Cattlewomen called, “Train Like a Cattlewoman”.


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Georgia Beef Teams Have Been Selected

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

This year’s Georgia Beef Team has been selected, and according to Georgia Beef Board’s Kaytlyn Malia, the team will soon be out promoting beef at various locations across the state.


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