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Florida Dairy Production Conference is Wednesday

The 50th Florida Dairy Production Conference is coming up this Wednesday, April 9th at the Alto Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville.


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Agri-Terrorism

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Is our food supply fully protected? Everett Griner discusses this today.


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New Georgia Cattlemen’s President Pleased with Association

GCA officers: President-elect Randy Fordham, Vice President Kyle Gillooly, Treasurer Billy Moore and President Melvin PorterThis is the final day of the 53rd annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. A new slate of officers has been set for the upcoming year, as the new President is Melvin Porter from Jefferson. President-elect is Randy Fordham, Vice President is Kyle Gillooly, while Billy Moore will once again serve as Treasurer. I caught up with Porter as he looked at the year ahead.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 4, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report


Here are the cattle market numbers for the week ending April 4th put together by the livestock market news service for the states of Alabama and Georgia.

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Hot Topics Round Table at Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention

Dr. Robert Cobb, Bill Vernon, Bryan Tolar and Dr. Temple GrandinPart of today’s events at the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show was a hot topics round table discussion. Those participating included Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb, Bill Vernon with Georgia EMC, Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar and Dr. Temple Grandin. A variety of topics concerning agriculture were discussed including Read the rest of this entry »

Eggs Leading the Way in Increases in Marketbasket Survey

eggsAmerican Farm Bureau Federation’s Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey reveals that retail egg prices have hit historically high prices.


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GMO Labeling Not Getting Any Traction in Florida Legislature

Sam ArdSam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, says the GMO labeling issue is pretty much dead this legislative session.


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AFIA Submits Comments on Animal Food Rule

The American Feed Industry Association has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on the Food Safety Modernization Act rule regarding animal food.


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Outgoing Georgia Cattlemen President Pleased with Past Year

David GazdaCattle producers from across Georgia are in Perry this week for the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. And today, David Gazda from Athens will see his term as GCA President come to an end. But he told me it’s been a great year.


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4H

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
4H is America’s foremost social teacher. Everett Griner talks about 4H and our children learn from it.


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Yoho Wants To Ensure The Federal Government Does Not Regulate Your Backyard Pond

This is a release from Florida Congressman Ted Yoho’s office:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) has written a letter to two Appropriations subcommittees; the Energy, Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee and the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Congressman Yoho is requesting that language be inserted in their respective appropriations bills ensuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will not implement new rules on Read the rest of this entry »

Temple Grandin Speaks to Georgia Cattlemen

A big crowd was on hand for today’s luncheon during the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention as cattle producers stopped in to hear the keynote speaker.
Temple GrandinWell known consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, Dr. Temple Grandin is in town and she spent time talking about her years of research. She also took part in this afternoon’s BQA training session. I talked with her about some of the things she has discovered about cattle and animal behaviors.


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Waiting on WTO Answer to Revised COOL

The Agriculture Secretary believes a World Trade Organization response to U.S. Country of Origin Labeling of meat products will take place in the next few months. Rod Bain has the story.


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Ecuador Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef

Joe Schuele
Ecuador is the latest country to lift their ban on U.S. beef, as their reopening adds a fourth destination for U.S. exporters serving South America. Joe Schuele has the story.


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Georgia Livestock Economist Says Another Good Year for Cattle Prices

Dr. Curt LacyThe 53rd annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Beef Expo is underway at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. And of course cattle producers are interested in information concerning markets, and that’s what University of Georgia Livestock Economist Dr. Curt Lacy talked about this morning.


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Georgia Cattle Producers Attend Forage Conference

A good crowd was on hand today for the annual forage conference which kicked off the 53rd annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Perry, Georgia.

Dennis HancockA variety of forage-related issues were discussed as special guests from Arkansas were on hand to help with the program. University of Georgia’s Dennis Hancock told me he was very pleased with the annual event.


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The annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention runs through this Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

Conservation Programs for 2014 Farm Bill in Rule Making Process

Russell MorganFlorida State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Russell Morgan, details some of the changes that will be implemented in the 2014 Farm Bill.


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Alabama Senator on EPA Overstep

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions explains his concerns on the trend that many view as a vast overstep by administrative agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency.


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Beef Information Going Social

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know beef information was going social? Immediate Past Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Weldon Wynn says they are doing what producers have instructed them to do.


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There’s a New Bacon in Town

Did you know there’s a new bacon in town, and it’s called Schmacon. Schmaltz Deli Co. is officially introducing Schmacon, which is a beef alternative to regular bacon, at the National Restaurant Association convention in May. The checkoff’s Beef Innovations Group has been Read the rest of this entry »

Register Early for Farm Bill Livestock Disaster Programs

Last week we told you livestock producers would be able to start applying for disaster assistance by April 15th under the restored disaster programs in the Farm Bill. But….


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UF/IFAS Cancels April 5 Family Day at the Dairy Farm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has canceled its 2014 Family Day at the Dairy Farm open house, which was set for Saturday, April 5 at the UF dairy farm in Hague. The event has not been rescheduled. Read the rest of this entry »

AgNet This Week: Crop Reports, EPA’s Clean Water Act Proposal

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features highlights from USDA’s planting intentions report, a look at EPA’s proposed changes to the Clean Water Act and much more. To learn more about these topics and others click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Georgia Cattle Producers Invited to Meet Temple Grandin

Suzanne BlackThe Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention will take place this week at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. And Suzanne Black says the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will attend to meet with Dr. Temple Grandin.


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Alabama Cattlemen’s President on Membership and Mooseum

Woody ClarkWoody Clark from Covington County, Alabama recently took over the reigns as President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. And he has a couple of goals for his year in that position.


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Florida Beef Promoting Social Media Contest

Ashley HughesFlorida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes has information about a contest coming up next month through a new partnership which they just started.


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2014 MILC Program Extended

Dairy operations are being informed that the 2014 MILC program has been extended.


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BPI Suit against ABC News Moves Forward

A South Dakota state court judge has ruled to allow most of Beef Products Incorporated’s defamation case against ABC News to proceed.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention is This Week

David GazdaDavid Gazda, President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, invites producers to attend the 53rd annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention & Trade Show and annual Beef Expo April 2-5 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.


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