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Tough Session for Alabama Legislature

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

This will be week nine of the Alabama legislative session, a session that Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Dr. Billy Powell says has been a tough one.


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Another Good Year Expected for Cow-Calf Operations

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.


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Still No Agreements in Florida Legislature

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

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.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 1, 2015

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.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 1st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Still Waiting on a Budget for Florida

tallahassee-floridaThe Florida legislature session found itself in different territory this week when the House left Tallahassee three days before the end of session.


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Legislation to Repeal WOTUS Introduced in Senate

Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week to repeal EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Senators Call for Repeal of WOTUS

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

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 »

Farm Broadcasters Visit Washington D.C.

Sabrina Hill

Sabrina Hill

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters held their annual trip to Washington D.C. this week, and one of those attending was Sabrina Hill, from our sister radio network AgNet West.


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House Agriculture Committee Advances Two Bills

Today the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2015, and H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2015.


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Discussing Cattle Markets

Nevil Spear

Nevil Spear

When it comes to cattle, Nevil Spear with AgriClear U.S. operations, talks a bit on what’s driving that market right now.


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Farm Bill Implementation Continues

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

So far, farm bill implementation is going well according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, who says 5.2-billion dollars in disaster assistance payments to more than 620,000 producers have been distributed.


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Stagnant Water Policy Bill Gets Senate Approval

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE 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 »

Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on the Role of Milk in Child Nutrition Programs

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.

The report identified declining milk consumption in Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Reminded about ACEP Signup Deadline

usda-logoApplications 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.


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‘Rev It Up’ My ROI Checkoff Challenge for Beef Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn 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.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza Update; Conservation Compliance

AgNet This Week

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.

‘Sine Die’ is Cast as Florida House Goes Home Early

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:
By BRANDON LARRABEE

news service florida logoTHE 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 »

Vilsack Challenging Further USDA Budget Cuts

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Tom Vilsack

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.


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Florida House Shuts Down

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 »

Promoting Soil Health on Alabama Pastures

Eddie JolleyEddie 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.


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Ready to Celebrate May Beef Month in Florida

fbc-logo-2012May is just around the corner, and it will be a big month in Florida as Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says they will once again be celebrating Beef Month.


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Georgia Beef Board Promoting 30 Day Protein Challenge

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board is getting ready to celebrate May Beef Month, and according to Suzanne Bentley, one way of doing that is by inviting consumers to take part in the 30 Day Protein Challenge.


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Spring BQA Certification Shows Commitment to Quality

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaThe spring 2015 free BQA certification period showed great results as Melissa Sandfort has the details.


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Cattle on Feed Up Only Slightly

cattleIn 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.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 24, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we provided an avian influenza update, looked at how pork may surpass beef in production, and discussed what COOL is all about.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending April 24th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Florida Lawmakers to Spend Extra Time Working on Budget

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

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.


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Florida House Passes Private Property Rights Bill

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

This morning, the Florida House passed Bill 383, the Private Property Rights Bill. Katie Edwards, who represents House District 98, says she is pleased this historic piece of legislation was passed.


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Florida Cattlemen Hold First Leadership Academy

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association just completed the first year of its new Leadership Academy and were pleased with how things went with the first class.


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To see who participated in the first class and to get an application for Class II, click here.

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