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Follow-up to Alabama Youth Helping South Dakota Ranchers

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Back in June, we told you about a group of young people from Alabama who helped South Dakota ranchers that lost cattle during the blizzard of October 2013. Along with helping to fix fences, the students from Green Hill also donated almost two dozen head of cattle to some of the ranchers. Brian Smith, Lauderdale County Cattlemen’s President, explains how that all came about.


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Possible Changes to Meat Grading Standards

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service is looking at possible changes to the current meat grading standards. Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says AMS put out an inquiry for input and NCBA formed a working group to look at this.


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Florida’s Jesse Wilson Named NRCS Engineer of the Year

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Jessie Wilson

Jesse Wilson

Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 20, 2014 – When Jesse Wilson learned this month he was named Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Engineer of the Year he was very surprised. His staff wasn’t. As any one of his employees will tell you, he is well deserving of the honor.

“You aren’t going to find anyone who works harder. And he enjoys his job. He fully supports his employees personally and professionally; gives us the tools we need to succeed – and he hopes you do,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Act on Tax Extenders

A number of agricultural groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to act on expired tax policies before the end of the year.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Vilsack on WOTUS and Beef Checkoff

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and on the need for another beef checkoff. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida EQIP Signup Deadline is Friday

usda-logoHere is a reminder for Florida farmers and ranchers that this Friday, November 21 is the final date to signup for 2015 dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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More information is available on the Florida NRCS website.

Beef Checkoff Providing Information for Consumers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know both promotion and research efforts provide information for consumers? Terry Slaten from Cullman, Alabama says the beef checkoff does these things so individual producers don’t have too.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Alabama Cattlemen’s President Pleased with Regional Meetings

aca-mtg-nov-2014The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association held their fall quarterly board meeting today in Montgomery. A variety of topics were discussed including the proposed budget for 2015 which was approved. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Act on Tax Extenders

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2014) – Today, a number of agricultural groups including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Beef Taking Part in Diabetes Expo

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The American Diabetes Expo will take place this weekend in Atlanta and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they will be taking part in this year’s event.


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Talking Soil Health at Alabama Association of Conservation Districts Meeting

nacd-taglineThe 72nd Annual Meeting of the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts has been taking place in Orange Beach, Alabama. Around 200 folks from across the state are on hand to learn more about programs for the upcoming year. Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack on the Need for Another Beef Checkoff

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

While answering questions last Friday at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters meeting in Kansas City, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said they are moving forward with creating a second producer-funded beef check-off program in order to get more money into the system.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending November 14, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, while one comment period ends this week, another one started. We also look at how the peanut harvest has been challenging for some farmers, how opportunities for women in agriculture are being discussed, and how wild hogs are still rooting farmers out.

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Florida DEP Executes 10 Land and Water Conservation Fund Contracts

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has executed 10 Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts in nine counties. The projects were approved by the United States Department of the Interior through the National Park Service and total more than $1.8 million.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal competitive grant program, which provides matching grants to Read the rest of this entry »

Working to Reverse a Decline in Fluid Milk Sales

Reversing a 40-year decline in fluid milk sales is the goal of a newly announced partnership pairing industry with dairy farmers working through their Dairy Checkoff. Brian Baxter has more.


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Concerns with New Beef Promotion Order

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

USDA’s Ag Marketing Service opened the comment period this week in the process to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack had the details of the notice of inquiry posted in the Federal Register this week and Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, explains their concerns with this proposal.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Assocation Names New Executive Vice President

From the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association:

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

We are very excited to name Will Bentley as our new Executive Vice President. Will has been with GCA since January as the Director of Association Services and has a true love and passion for the cattle industry. He has been handling some of the EVP duties since August and has handled it extremely well.

Will is from Thomaston, Georgia where he and his family own a commercial Angus based cow-calf operation. He has been heavily involved in his family’s cattle operation his entire life. He received his Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Producer Pleased with Investment in the Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is an investment into the future? Ashby Green from High Springs, Florida feels it’s a been a good investment for his operation.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Comment Deadline on Proposed WOTUS Rule is Friday

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald

The deadline to submit comments in an effort to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority is this Friday, November 14th. And the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is conducting a last ditch effort asking cattlemen and women to get their comments in. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, hopes individual producers will comment on how this proposed rule will impact their operation.


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Easy Pickin’s

agricultural vehiclesEverett Griner talks about farm theft on the rise nationwide in today’s Agri View.


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Pleased with NRCS Seminar in Alabama

Steve Durgin

Steve Durgin

Steve Durgin, President of the American Indian/Alaska Native Employees Association for NRCS, was very pleased with last week’s national training seminar in Atmore, Alabama.


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Florida Landowners Reminded of WRP Benefits

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about the Wetlands Reserve Program and how it can help many landowners in the state.


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Vilsack on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

The deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is this Friday, November 14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack understands grower concerns about this and has passed those concerns along to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.


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2015 Meat Production Forecast Is Lowered

In this month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand reports, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section shows the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been raised from last month, but the forecast for 2015 was lowered.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton and Peanut Forecasts

AgNet This Week

 Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Alabama Cattlemen Urged to Comment on WOTUS

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges producers to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding its Clean Water Act Authority before the deadline, which is this Friday, November 14th.


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To make a comment or learn more go to www.bamabeef.org.

Georgia Beef Team Ambassador Talks with Consumers

gbbThis past weekend, the Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team Ambassadors were out talking with consumers. Kaytlyn Malia, a student at ABAC, says it was a fun event and looks forward to more.


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Beef Checkoff Sponsors Florida Runners

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says thanks to the Beef Checkoff, a couple of runners from Florida recently took part in a run which involved Marines.


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Record Year for Agriculture Exports

The final numbers for agriculture exports in 2014 confirmed a record setting value.


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Challenging FFA to Lead the Next Generation of Farmers

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

During the recent National FFA Convention, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged FFA members to be among those driving agriculture in the future.


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