Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports on how farmers can benefit from USDA grants, and how livestock farmers and other ag people have been granted a waiver from the Hours-of-Service rule. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Members of the Florida cattle industry keep the registration desk busy, signing in for the FCA annual convention. This year is he first time in many years the meeting is not being held in Marco Island. This week the state’s cattle industry business will be done at an Orlando resort, while the Marco Marriott goes through a major renovation.
The 2015 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention kicks off today at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. For many years the event has been held in Marco Island, we spoke with FCA President Henry Kempfer to get his comments on this change of location.
The annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association Roundup will take place next month, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says they brought on extra hands to help out with this year’s event.
While many of us already feel it’s already here, summer officially starts this week. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says when you think of summertime, you think of grilling steaks and that great sizzling sound.
The 2015 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention kicks off today at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, and FCA Director of Field Services Dusty Holley says a variety of topics will be discussed.
The annual Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Allied Trade Show is coming up this week at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Dusty Holley, FCA director of field services, says the new location this year is allowing association members to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and a fun event on the golf course.
Last week the House of Representatives passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation, but failed to pass the Trade Adjustment Assistance package. That was required for the bill to move forward to the President’s desk and contained, among other things, Trade Promotion Authority. But as Gary Crawford reports, there may be another try in the coming days.
Newark, Del. — Richard Owen, vice president of global business development for Produce Marketing Association, issued the following statement praising the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA 2015):
The www.myamericanfarm.org website, maintained by the American Farm Bureau has launched a new beef themed game entitled “The Steaks Are High.” In the game, users pick an avatar character from the beef industry and explore the beef production process from cow-calf operation to livestock auction to stocker and feedyard. The game aims to introduce users and their Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service new online portal tool, Conservation Client Gateway, allows producers to work with conservation planners online to access farm bill programs, request assistance and track payments for conservation activities.
Today, the House passed H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act, by a vote of 300-131. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), H.R. 2393 amends the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 to effectively repeal mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2015 – America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers have been granted a 2-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s hours-of-service rule for certain drivers.
The rule, issued in mid-2013 by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight hours of service. It would have prohibited drivers Read the rest of this entry »
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
Montgomery, AL – Growers and handlers of organic agricultural products now can recover part of the cost of their USDA certification. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be allocated $15,800 to reimburse producers and handlers who either obtain or renew their organic certification in the federal fiscal year that ends September 30, 2015. The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750.
The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP) reimburse eligible organic crop and livestock producers and handlers for Read the rest of this entry »
Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued a statement after the House passed the following bills: H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act, H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act, and H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act. All three bills were passed by voice vote. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on opposition to a proposal that would limit the number of entities on a farming operation as well as news on how warm weather is affecting avian influenza. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Many are looking at whether cattle producers are starting to build their herd numbers again, and Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Dr. Billy Powell hopes so, as he says more cows are needed in the state.
Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has the details from the just completed final report of the Federation of State Beef Council’s funded program working with Pro Start high school culinary students.
Newark, Del. — Bryan Silbermann, CEO of Produce Marketing Association, today issued the following statement in advance of consideration of H.R. 2393, the Country-of-Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015:
“Produce Marketing Association’s members supply the global marketplace with affordable and abundant fresh produce year-round and, as a result, they are dependent upon an international Read the rest of this entry »