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Next Generation Option for Dairy Farm Safety Net Program

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

New provisions in the Margin Protection Program expands both flexibility, and for next generation dairy farmers, opportunity within the family farm. Rod Bain has a story with USDA’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini about the dairy farm safety net program.


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Small Tractor Sales Rising

kubota-small-tractorRetail sales of farm tractors less than 40 horsepower were up over 26 percent back in February, and according to Tyron Spearman, were up even more in March.


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Atlanta Burger Week Ends Saturday

gbb-atl-burger-week-2016We told you earlier this week in our Georgia Beef Board report, brought to you by your beef checkoff in Georgia, about Atlanta Burger Week. And Kaytlyn Malia wants to remind everyone the week-long event ends Saturday, April 23rd.


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Senate Strikes Down Anti-WOTUS Amendment

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a measure that would block the Clean Water Act rule, otherwise known as the Waters of the U.S. rule. Senators voted 56-42, failing to reach the required 60 votes to attach the Read the rest of this entry »

New Fresh From Florida Beef Venture

fresh-from-fl-beef-venture-2016Florida Cattle Ranchers, LLC held an event today at the Lightsey Cattle Company Ranch in Lake Wales to discuss their new Fresh From Florida Beef venture. The collaboration between some of Florida’s historic cattle families was shared for the first time. Mike Joyner, assistant commissioner and chief of staff with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said it was a game-changing day for the industry.


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Southeast Producers Asked to Provide Insight on 2016 Agriculture

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the first two weeks of June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2016. And Jim Ewing, director of the Southeast Region for NASS, says information provided by respondents is confidential by law.


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Promoting U.S. Beef, Pork and Lamb in Other Countries

Dan Halstrom

Dan Halstrom

Whether its beef, pork or lamb products, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) works every day to increase exports of these into other countries. So I asked USMEF Senior Vice President for Global Marketing, Dan Halstrom, if trying to place these products into other countries involved the same efforts or if they varied from country to country.


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Milk Production Forecasts Up, Some Milk Prices Down

dairy cows in milking parlorThe latest USDA supply and demand forecast for the dairy sector is out, and Rod Bain reports it while it shows a higher milk production forecast, some milk prices are down.


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Florida Landowners Can Apply for Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program

Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program Now Accepting Applications From Private Landowners

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016.

“Cogongrass is one of the most aggressive weeds in Florida and is capable of rapidly choking out and displacing our Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Program Educates Producers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s “BQA Quality Report”, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, I asked a Southeast beef producer if he felt being certified was important.


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WOTUS Still on the Minds of Many

Georgia Representative David Scott

Georgia Representative David Scott

The “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule from the Environmental Protection Agency may be on hold for now in the courts, but agriculture lawmakers and leaders are not forgetting about their battle with the EPA over the pending regulation. Representative David Scott of Georgia, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, told this to farm leaders during a hearing on the farm economy last week.


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Shere Named as USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Dr. Jack Shere

Dr. Jack Shere

Dr. Jack Shere, a long-time employee of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), was recently named USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer leading APHIS’s Veterinary Services program.

Dr. Shere joined APHIS in 1990 and has held a variety of field and leadership positions – serving as the area commander during the exotic Newcastle disease outbreak in 2003 and spending many weeks in Iowa during the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak where he represented USDA and Read the rest of this entry »

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