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.
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.
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.
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.
“Each of these men left an indelible mark on the history of Florida agriculture,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Not only are Read the rest of this entry »
A 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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.