Capital Press reports cattle prices are expected to moderate in the second half of this year, yet remain high, which would keep average annual prices this year higher than last year’s record-breaking figures.
Some are calling it a messy end to the 2015 Florida legislative session, but whatever your description, Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, says it was kind of a weird wrap-up.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we update Farm Bill implementation, look at action that took in the U.S. House and Senate, and talk about how recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers changing thoughts about what to plant.
WASHINGTON (April 30, 2015) – Today, Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA’s “Waters of the United States” proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 29, 2015………. The Florida Senate approved its version of a water-policy bill Wednesday with the hope some of the issues will be considered when lawmakers get back together for a special session.
The overall bill is a casualty of a budget impasse that has short-circuited the legislative session. Still, the Senate voted 39-1 to support the measure (HB 7003) with the inclusion of two provisions — a Read the rest of this entry »
From the National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association:
WASHINGTON, DC – A Capitol Hill briefing for House staff yesterday focused on a new report on “Fluid Milk in School Programs” by the National Dairy Council. It was hosted by Representative G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) in the House Committee on Agriculture. The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association strongly support the National Dairy Council’s report and helped coordinate the briefing.
Applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program can be submitted at any time. But Crenel Francis, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, says applications for the current funding round must be submitted on or before May 15.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jeanne Harland, co-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Producer Communications Working Group, says you still have time to get involved in the “Rev It Up” My ROI Checkoff Challenge.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes U.S. Department of Agriculture information, including an update on avian influenza and a reminder on the deadline for Conservation Compliance Provisions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 28, 2015……….In a surprising twist in the Legislature’s budget impasse, the House abruptly adjourned and went home Tuesday, killing scores of bills and deepening a crisis surrounding the spending plan for the year that Read the rest of this entry »
There are some who want to impose even more cuts to USDA’s budget, but as Gary Crawford reports, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says continual budget cuts are beginning to threaten their ability to do its job.
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about how the Florida Legislative session would most likely have to involve a few extra days this year due to the impasse concerning the budget between the Read the rest of this entry »
Eddie Jolley, conservation agronomist and grazing specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, is encouraging owners of pastureland in Alabama to think about soil health.
In the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s April cattle on feed report, the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States totaled 10.8 million head on April 1, slightly above April 1, 2014. Placements in feedlots during March totaled 1.81 million, slightly above 2014.
On Monday, Florida lawmakers will head into their final week of the regularly scheduled session. But due to a budget impasse, they will have to spend a little more time in Tallahassee this year. Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, has more about that along with an update concerning legislation of interest to cattlemen across the state.