DENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 – In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.
The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as Read the rest of this entry »
The annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference continues today in Denver, Colorado as more than 600 producers are there to talk about future policy. Many issues are being discussed including one that affects many in agriculture.
In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff is involved in new efforts to reach millennials? Randy Moody from New Market, Alabama knows that’s something he, as an individual producer, can’t do.
Cattle producers from across the nation are gathered in Denver, Colorado this week for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And international trade will be a key topic of discussion, especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday. Joe Schuele has the story.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »
According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.
From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:
Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.
The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »
Various meetings will take place again today with a fun event planned tonight for the Saturday evening meal. Then a special event will be held tomorrow morning for GCA Executive Vice President Josh White who will be leaving the association in a couple of weeks. To learn more go to www.gabeef.org.
The 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference officially kicked off today in the North Georgia Mountains. Cattlemen and women from across the state got together this morning for the opening session at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.
The guest speaker for the opening session was Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chair Kim Brackett, from Buhl, Idaho. I caught up with her to talk about some of the points she discussed this morning.
We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know that beef producers across the country have a vested interested in the beef checkoff? Robert Fountain from Adrian, Georgia says it’s important for producers to understand where funding for the beef checkoff comes from.