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Confidence in Getting TPP Done

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk recently said despite the failure of talks in Hawaii last month, the Trans-Pacific Partnership remains on track to finish within the next 12 months.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Peanut and Cotton Acreage Updates

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes updates on peanut and cotton acreage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Farm Bureau Honors Legislators for Their Leadership

From Florida Farm Bureau:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has expressed special appreciation for a select group of state legislators. The organization is recognizing these leaders with the Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture awards.

They have consistently supported farm enterprise and economic opportunity in Florida during the 2015 regular and Read the rest of this entry »

Toxic Indigo Creeping into the Florida Panhandle

uf-ifas-toxic-indigoCreeping Indigo was first noted in South Florida as a toxic plant in the early 1930’s and cases of indigo poisoning have been found as far north as Alachua County. Toxicity has been reported in all livestock Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef Council Holding Protein Challenge Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about an event the council is holding Wednesday to get its protein challenge promotion rolling.


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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Down to Fiery 4

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

There were many votes cast in this summer’s “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest,” but according to Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, the contest is now in the hands of the judges.


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Georgia Beef Board Teaming with Retailer

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says the board will be teaming with a local retailer in the Macon area this Wednesday for a promotion where they will be talking beef with many consumers.


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Producers Continue to Support the Beef Checkoff

beef-checkoff-logoThe latest survey shows three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the Beef Checkoff Program. The more they know about the program, the more supportive they are.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 14, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the issues the House and Senate will need to deal with when they return in September, what scientific breakthrough could mean for peanuts being consumed by those who were once allergic, and about AgNet Media’s big event, Citrus Expo, which is coming up in a few days.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 14th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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More Animal Science Students at Auburn

Dr. Wayne Greene

Dr. Wayne Greene

It’s time for another school year, and the number of Animal Science students attending Auburn University continues to increase, according to department head Dr. Wayne Greene.


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Florida Cattlemen Holding Second Leadership Academy

Dusty Holley

Dusty Holley

Members of Class II of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Leadership Academy have been chosen. FCA’s field services director, Dusty Holley, says the association is eager for the second year of this academy.


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Congress Has Much to Do When They Return

When the House and Senate return in September, there will be a number of orders of business they will need to focus on. Reece Langley, vice president of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, shares what the Council anticipates when Congress returns.


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Georgia Animal Health Labs Ready for Testing

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb has more information about the National Animal Health Laboratories located in the state and how they are ready for testing possible diseases like avian influenza.


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Meat Production Forecasts are Lowered

USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report yesterday and in the livestock, poultry and dairy section, it shows the forecasts for total meat production for both 2015 and 2016 have been lowered from last month.


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Beef Producer Promotes Product to Chefs

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Don Quincey from Chiefland, Florida talks about an event he recently participated in where the beef industry was discussed with chefs.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff, go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

WTO Sets COOL Arbitration Meetings

The Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced it will hold country of origin labeling (COOL) arbitration meetings September 15-16 in Geneva.


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Putnam Discusses Trade Issues

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Since the U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, there are many farmers across our country wondering if trade will be next. While efforts have been underway by some to end the half-century-old U.S. trade embargo, many in Florida agriculture remember NAFTA, and wonder if this could be a repeat of that. Here’s Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Senate Blocks EPA Requirements; WOTUS Internal Memos

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on pesticide permit requirements for spraying and speculation that the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) will not hold up in the courts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Preparing for Protein Challenge

Austin Richardson

Austin Richardson

Austin Richardson, who has been interning with the Florida Beef Council (FBC) this summer, says the FBC has been busy preparing for a promotion called the Protein Challenge.


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Georgia Beef Board to Talk with Producers

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board wants producers to know the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Region Roundups are about to start again, and they are a great place for producers to learn the latest about their beef checkoff.


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2015 Alabama Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Underway

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about the 2015 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program and how the Alabama State Beef Checkoff is involved with it.


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WOTUS Internal Memo Seen as a ‘Smoking Gun’

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

The American Farm Bureau has renewed its charge that an internal memo on the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule is a ‘smoking gun’ against the Environmental Protection Agency. AFB executive director Dale Moore talks about how the Corp claimed in the memo released by a House Committee last week that EPA misinterpreted and misapplied Corps’ data in writing the sweeping rule that vastly expands EPA water control.


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Florida Rancher Attends Young Cattlemen’s Conference

FCAThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference has been taking place since 1980. The primary objective is to develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to all aspects of the beef industry. Tony St. James reports that one of those who took part in this year’s event was Florida Cattlemen’s Association member Mike Facente from Polk County, Florida.


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UGA to Honor 2015 inductees into Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

From the University of Georgia:

uga-logoAthens, Ga. – On Sept. 25, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will induct U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and pioneering northeast Georgia dairy farmer the late Thomas Breedlove Sr. into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 7, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at how an internal memo from the Army Corps of Engineers is an extremely interesting development, what could be called an early warning system for avian influenza, and about the growing enterprise of oyster farming.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 7th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Search Committee Named to Seek Dean of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

From the University of Georgia:

uga-logoAthens, Ga. – University of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position of dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Committee Blocks EPA Spraying Requirements

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore looks at the issue of EPA pesticide permit requirements for spraying near navigable waters, and the fact the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week passed the “Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.”


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Tough Business Climate for U.S. Meat Exports

According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, export numbers released by USDA reflect a challenging first half of 2015.


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