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Hoping for Permanency in Section 179 Expensing

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax issues are just one of the many things the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to keep an eye on in Washington, D.C. And Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for NCBA, says they are hoping see Section 179 Expensing become a permanent thing.


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More Producers Support Beef Checkoff

cbb-my-beef-canA recent survey of more than 12-hundred beef and dairy producers across the U.S. shows three out of four producers support the beef checkoff.


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Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plan

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »

Cattle Producers Have Reasons for Optimism in Coming Years

CattleFax analysts told attendees at the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention last week to expect fed cattle prices to average in the mid-150s this year.


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Profitability?

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: TPA Discussion; Benefiting from USDA

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report from a roundtable discussion on Trade Promotion Authority and a success story about an Alabama farmer who has worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

COOL Lawsuit Dismissed

The lawsuit on Country-of-Origin Labeling filed by the multinational meatpacking industry and their allies to try and stop the USDA from implementing COOL was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Monday.


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Georgia Beef Board Receives Federation Funds

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board received good news at last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Suzanne Bentley says they were able to get a grant from the Federation of State Beef Councils.


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Florida Beef Council Attends National Convention

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says they were able to pick up a lot of good information at last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


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Alabama Cattlemen Invited to Annual Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show is just a little over a week away, and Dr. Billy Powell hopes producers from across the state will join them as a variety of topics will be discussed.


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The 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show will be February 20-21 in Huntsville. To learn more go to www.bamabeef.org.

Southeast Well Represented at Cattle Industry Convention

Steve Scott

Steve Scott

The 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show wrapped up this past Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. Region Two representative Steve Scott, who was elected to serve in a new role for NCBA, knows a good showing from this area meant a lot at the national event.


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Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show is Wednesday

The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 11, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center in Marianna, Florida.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 6th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Awarded for Recruitment Efforts

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (February 6, 2015) – The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association each earned use of a piece of equipment from New Holland for their outstanding efforts to recruit new members to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Each of these NCBA affiliates will get its choice of a one-year lease on a Read the rest of this entry »

Pleased with First Year of Digital Beef Campaign

Jennifer Houston

Jennifer Houston

The 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show continues today in San Antonio, Texas. And unfortunately while not all issues discussed are positive Jennifer Houston, Vice Chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils, does pass along good news for the beef industry.


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Florida Woman Presented the Swan Family Leadership Award

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Feb. 6, 2015) – JoAnn Smith of Micanopy, Fla., was awarded the Swan Family Leadership Award at the Best of Beef Breakfast in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 6, 2015. This award recognizes worthy individuals who have made a difference during a lifetime of dedication and leadership to the beef industry.

Smith has spent her entire life in service to the beef industry. Her son Marty and her grandchildren now work cattle on the Read the rest of this entry »

Aging Farmer Population Poses Big Problems for Future

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Tom Vilsack

One concern for many in agriculture is how the average age of farmers continues to rise. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a problem for agriculture is easing the way for new farmers to take over as thousands of farmers near the end of their working life.


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NCBA President Pleased with Past Year

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

The 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show has been a busy event with cattlemen and women from across the country in San Antonio for the annual event. Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan, will see his year as NCBA President end this Saturday. A year he has truly enjoyed.


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World Dairy Expo Seeking Nominations for Awards

February 15th is the deadline to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award program. Exhibitors, producers, organizations and academic staff are encouraged to nominate people that should be considered for one of the four award categories: Read the rest of this entry »

Cattlemen Discussing Various Issues

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show continues today in San Antonio, Texas. And of course a variety of issues are being discussed, including those proposed regulations form the EPA like Water of the U.S. I asked Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, why are all of these rules and regulations coming down.


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Cattlemen Gather in San Antonio for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention

cattle-conv-crowd-2015More than 7,000 cattlemen and women from across the country are registered to attend the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, which kicked off today at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. This convention is the Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Testifies Before Joint Congressional Hearing on Newest Federal Overreach

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam testified today on the impacts of the Waters of the United States rule at the Joint Hearing Before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washington, D.C.

Excerpts of his testimony are below: Read the rest of this entry »

Cattle Producers Encouraged to Get BQA Certified

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaOnce again we are happy to bring you the weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance programs. And in this week’s report, Jason Edmondson from Auburn, Alabama hopes cattle producers understand how important BQA is for the industry.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Global Growth Committee to Meet at Cattle Industry Convention

Joe Schuele

Joe Schuele

Thousands of cattlemen from across the nation are in San Antonio, Texas this week for the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention. Various meetings are being held and according to Joe Schuele, one of those involves the Global Growth Committee.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida State Fair

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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 the 2015 Florida State Fair, taking place from February 5–16, 2015.


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To learn more click, Florida State Fair and to buy tickets, click Tickets.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Cattle Industry Convention Kicks Off Today

While a few meetings have already started, the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas officially kicks off today. This year’s event includes another big Trade Show, along with General Sessions, meetings and more. Those attending are reminded to stop by the Learning Lounge and enjoy informal, face to face talks and hands-on technology education in 30-minute “lightning sessions.” It is located in booth 5083 in the trade show. For more information go to beefusa.org.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Cattle Report Surprises; Appropriations Process

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes some surprises in USDA’s annual cattle herd inventory report and how the annual appropriations process underway in Congress affects agriculture. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

USDA Accepting Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

usda-logoFarmers, ranchers and forest landowners are urged to submit applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program by February 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding.


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Alabama Cattlemen Represented in San Antonio

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with Alabama Cattlemen’s Association explains how their state will be represented this week during the annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.


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Georgia Beef Board Receives Additional Funding

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the new state beef checkoff in Georgia, Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they have received additional funding to help promote beef in the state.


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