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Beef, Pork and Dairy Production all Tight

The latest forecast for livestock production shows total meat production for both 2014 and 2015 have been raised from last month. But, that does not means every sector is up, as USDA economist Robert Johansson runs through the numbers.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Starts Today

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo officially starts today at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Tyron Spearman is there and has a look at what some of the events planned for the first day include.


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Signup for Dairy Margin Protection Program

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Tom Vilsack

Signup for the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been underway since the first part of September, but the date it ends is just a little over six weeks away. And Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages dairy farmers who have yet to check into it to do so.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Babcock Ranch

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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 opportunities for Florida’s farmers and ranchers looking to grow their operations by leasing on the Babcock Ranch Preserve.


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To learn more information about opportunities at Babcock Ranch please contact the Florida Forest Service at (850) 681-5800.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices Consistent with Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While food prices have risen, Cindy Zimmerman reports that the rise has stayed consistent with inflation.


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2015 Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced today six honorees who will be inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame for 2015. These individuals have made outstanding contributions to Florida’s agriculture industry and mentored future leaders in this field.

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Florida NRCS Invites Ranchers to Free Cattle Workshop

usda-logoA free cattle workshop will take place this coming Thursday, October 16th in Crystal Springs, Florida where producers can learn more about cost share and best management practices for cattle ranches in the Hillsborough River watershed.


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32 Senators Urge to Keep Cool

32 Senators have signed onto a letter supporting U.S. Country of Origin Labeling laws.


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Cattle Industry Convention Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade show which will take place in San Antonio, Texas February 4-7. To register or learn more go to beefusa.org.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Specialty Crop Dollars; Cotton Dispute Agreement

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on nearly $118 million in USDA grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops and news of an agreement to settle the longstanding cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

WOTUS Comment Deadline Extended

According to information from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the EPA and Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period on the “Waters of the United States” proposed regulation.


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Briefs Filed in COOL Case

Court briefs were filed earlier this week in the litigation over Country of Origin Labeling.


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Meat Exports Lower in August Despite Strong Values

USDA and the U.S Meat Export Federation have announced August export numbers, and for the second consecutive month, value for U.S. beef and pork increased year-over-year despite a decline in volume.


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Conestoga Steakhouse Wins Alabama’s Best Steak Contest

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

acaThe Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan, AL is the winner of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has the details.


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Florida Promotes Beef as an Important Part of your Diet

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes wants to remind everyone how important lean beef can be for a healthy diet.


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Georgia Beef Board Pleased with Fair

gbb-booth-2014-ga-fairThe Georgia Beef Board hopes you will stop by and see them at this year’s Georgia National Fair, and Suzanne Bentley says they are involved in various ways at this year’s event.


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Various Promotions Underway for Alabama Beef Month

aca-50-years-of-flavorA variety of events are taking place for the 50th anniversary of October Beef Month in Alabama, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says one of those will be held this Wednesday night in Auburn.


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Crapshoot

dice-gamblingEverett Griner talks about farming being a big gamble in today’s Agri View.


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Livestock Producers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 3, 2014

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.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 3rd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Beef Checkoff Group Meets with Vilsack

Forrest Roberts

Forrest Roberts

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.


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Register Now for AFIA Feed Course

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.


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Study on GMO Crops for Animal Feed

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Information from a study on using GMO crops for animal feed is out, and Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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EQIP Batching Signup Deadline Nearing in Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

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.


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New Line of Attack against WOTUS

Opponents of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule have opened a new avenue of attack, accusing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers of thwarting requirements of the Administrative procedure Act.


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Pasture and Rangeland Update

Now that fall has arrived, pasture and rangeland conditions across the country continue to hold up well.


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Concerns Continue with APHIS Proposals

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

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.


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USMEF Economist Reports from Brazil

usmefThe 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.


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