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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural producers who are practicing environmentally innovative farming practices.

“These recipients have each shown a commitment to improving Florida’s environment and conserving our natural resources, especially water,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said. “From cattle ranching to growing citrus and strawberries to producing seeds and Read the rest of this entry »

Free BQA Certification Period Ending Soon

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaHere is a reminder that if you have yet to take part in the BQA free-online certification period, you’d better hurry as it ends April 15. In our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs Dr. Scott King, director of marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., explains why they are promoting the BQA program.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer Deadline Today; Women Legislators

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on an important deadline happening today for farmers as well as a report on a meeting of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Promoting Protein Challenge

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about a new Beef Checkoff funded program designed to help consumers better understand how beef can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.


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Georgia Producers Learn about Their Beef Checkoff

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley was pleased with the number of cattlemen and women they were able to talk with during last week’s Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention.


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Successful Alabama Cowboy Cookoff

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The annual Cowboy Cookoff took place during the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo last month, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it was a successful event.


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3rd Annual Georgia Grown Symposium

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-logoThe Georgia Grown Agriculture Commodity Commission and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are proud to announce the 3rd annual Georgia Grown Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held on April 30th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. The focus of this year’s symposium will be “Growing Innovation and Profits.” Read the rest of this entry »

USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.

The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cattlemen Pleased with Legislative Session

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

The 2015 Georgia Legislative Session wrapped up last week. Will Bentley, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president, says it was a really good legislative session for the cattle industry and agriculture in general.


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Congress Seeks a Positive Market-Access Outcome for U.S. Dairy in Pacific Trade Pact

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

The dairy industry today praised the more than 75 House members who have urged the Obama Administration to negotiate a strong market-access outcome for the U.S. dairy industry in the Pacific Rim trade agreement.

Led by the co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, the House members sent a bipartisan letter to Read the rest of this entry »

February Meat Exports Lower Year-over-Year, but Show Improvement

usmefAccording to data from USDA that was compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, February exports of U.S. beef and pork bounced back to some degree from the totals posted in January, despite impacts from severe congestion in the West Coast ports. Joe Schuele has the story.


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Money Counts

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Everett Griner talks about beef prices having an impact on consumption in today’s Agri View.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Members Interviewed by Kevin Ochsner

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

Today is the last day of the 54th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show and 18th annual Beef Expo at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Something a bit different took place during an opening event held at this year’s trade show. Will Bentley, GCA executive vice president, explains.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending April 3rd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Pleased with Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention

Randy Fordham

Randy Fordham

The 54th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show, in conjunction with the 18th annual Beef Expo continues in Perry. And Randy Fordham, who officially takes over as the new GCA President at their annual banquet tonight, is pleased with how this year’s event has gone thus far.


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Florida State Beef Checkoff Legislation Update

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

This past Wednesday, the Florida Legislative Session reached the halfway point. According to Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, there was action concerning the Florida State Beef Checkoff Legislation.


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BQA is a Wonderful Program

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Jimmy Holliman from Marion Junction, Alabama, knows going through the BQA certification process has helped on his operation.


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Agriculture Does Well During Georgia Legislative Session

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

The 2015 Georgia Legislative Session ended yesterday, as lawmakers wrapped up things up for another year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar has a recap of how agriculture fared during this year’s session.


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For more information, go to the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

Talking With the Host of Cattlemen to Cattlemen

Kevin Ochsner

Kevin Ochsner

The annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention continues today in Perry as folks from across the state are on hand to hear from the various speakers. One of those has been Kevin Ochsner, host of the program “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He explains what the weekly program is all about.


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Alabama Family Honored for Farm of Distinction

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

Rickey & Connie Cornutt (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Rickey & Connie Cornutt (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

A Marshall County grain, soybean and beef cattle business was named Alabama’s 2015 Farm of Distinction at the Alabama Farm-City Awards April 2 in Birmingham.

Rickey Cornutt of Cornutt Farms near Boaz has been farming most of his life, but he said he’s never enjoyed it more than the last few years.

“I’ve always wanted to farm. I graduated high school, went to college for one year and decided I wanted to come back on the farm,” said Cornutt. “We went through a lot of lean years in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Industry Issues and Reputation Management

Season Solorio

Season Solorio

Cattle producers are familiar with the beef checkoff and the many things it does. But there is a part of the checkoff that keeps track of issues behind the scenes. Season Solorio is the executive director of issues and reputation management for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on behalf of the beef checkoff. She explains what they do.


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Florida Lawmakers Working on State Lands Bill

Matt Caldwell

Matt Caldwell

As the Florida Legislative Session continues Representative Matt Caldwell, who represents District 79 in the Florida House, says one issue they’ve been working with is the proposed state lands bill.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention is Underway

Melvin Porter

Melvin Porter

The Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry is the site for the 54th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show and 18th annual Georgia Beef Expo. GCA President Melvin Porter hopes cattle producers from across the state will attend this week.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Planting Intentions; FSA Deadlines Extended

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Planting Intentions Report and information concerning an extension to some important deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Georgia Beef Board Ready for GCA Convention

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show will take place April 1-4 in Perry, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they will be working with cattlemen and women from across the state in preparing for May Beef Month in Georgia.


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Florida Beef Ambassador Promoting Beef

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council is always pleased when young people help to spread the beef message across the state. One of those is Jeffrey Mitchell from Zephyrhills, the new Florida Beef Ambassador.


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Alabama Cattlemen’s President Discusses Goals for the Year

Jim Akin

Jim Akin

Jim Akin from Lexington, Ala. recently took over as the new president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and he talks about some of the goals he has for his term.


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AFIA Concerned With Aspect of FDA Draft Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a draft guidance to help animal producers ensure the safety of animal feed that is used on-farm.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 27th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Milk as a Sports Drink?

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Cathy Isom tells us what studies are showing about the benefits of drinking Milk right after working out.


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