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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Farm cattleHere are the Alabama and Georgia livestock market reports for the week ending January 6th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.
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Farm Groups Touting Benefits of Agricultural Trade

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The National Milk Producers Federation joined 15 other farm organizations in sending a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence highlighting the importance of trade to America’s farmers.

Echoing points made in NMPF’s own letter to the President-elect last month, the producer groups’ Jan. 6 letter stated: “We know that securing positive benefits for American farmers, ranchers, and workers in trade will be a priority in your Administration. Read the rest of this entry »

NASS Surveying Cattle Operations

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is busy surveying some 40,000 cattle operations across the nation to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. The Cattle Survey is conducted twice a year to collect information on inventory of beef and dairy cattle, calf crop, and cattle on feed operations. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen’s Institute and Allied Trade Show is January 19

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The 34th annual Florida Cattlemen’s Institute and Allied Trade Show will be held Thursday, January 19, at the Turner Agri-Center in Arcadia, Florida. A variety of topics will be discussed including weed control, the economic outlook, energy & protein supplementation, and the Veterinary Feed Directive. Plus, there will be Florida Cattlemen’s Association committee updates.

Concern Over Proposed Changes in WIC Feeding Program

National Academy of Sciences Suggests Major Reduction in Servings of
Nutrient-Rich Milk Offered in WIC Program

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF, and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA:

wic“The NAS Committee’s recommendations would undermine the nutritional value of the WIC program to needy Americans. It is contradictory that the NAS report would both acknowledge that many WIC participants are not getting enough milk, yet at the same time suggest further reducing the milk served through the program. Read the rest of this entry »

A Look at 2017 Prospects for Livestock Producers

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Many producers of meat animals may have another year of belt tightening ahead. Gary Crawford has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Expected to Become U.S. Dairy Export Council President

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Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to become the next president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council when he leaves office later this month. Vilsack has not confirmed the plans, but a source familiar with the intentions told Agri-Pulse Vilsack will take the place of Tom Suber, who retired at the end of the year from the Council. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainability Efforts in the Beef Industry

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Sustainability is something that more and more people involved with agriculture continue to work with in various ways. That includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as their Senior Director of Services for Sustainability, Ashley McDonald, says sustainability is very important to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »

NMPF, USDEC Statement on Selection of New U.S. Trade Representative

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF, and Matt McKnight, Senior Vice President of Market Access, Regulatory and Industry Affairs for USDEC:

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“America’s dairy farmers and processors welcome the opportunity to work closely with Robert Lighthizer as the new U.S. Trade Representative. The role of the U.S. Trade Representative is critical to successful U.S. engagement with growing global markets. Mr. Lighthizer’s previous experiences as Deputy USTR, Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, and his direct private sector engagement in enforcing trade rules on behalf of his clients will serve him well in forging a path forward on trade policy that will benefit this country. Read the rest of this entry »

Register Now for Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention

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Alabama cattlemen and women are invited to the capital city of Montgomery for the 2017 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show, February 15-16, at the Renaissance Hotel and Montgomery Convention Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Livestock Still a Key Factor in Building Future Global Food Security

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Despite charges that livestock production is not efficient and that plant foods are better for health and food security, some experts say livestock production will continue to be a key component of the world food system. Gary Crawford has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Eat Raw Meat

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Cathy Isom checks out whether you prefer pink, pale or rare, why experts say you should think twice before eating that raw meat. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

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