In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about USDA’s plans to move forward with another beef check-off program, along with information about a produce innovation award program, and why it’s a big weekend for peanut products.
The top winners are selected in the following categories: Student, chapter, community and outstanding middle school. The nation’s top ten three-star chapters compete for the award in each category. All chapters that receive national three-star ratings are then eligible to compete for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award. Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (and the Public Lands Council) filed comments this week calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “waters of the United States” rule. The proposed rule vastly expands the agencies’ jurisdiction and attempts to regulate all land uses. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, says there are so many issues with this rule, that they are asking the agencies to withdraw it and start over.
Reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will move ahead with its plans to create a second beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program.
GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Read the rest of this entry »
The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted this week to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Early County in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »
The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on a crop management seminar for cotton producers and a new program to prevent crop damage from feral hogs. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Forty-five state cattlemen’s associations recently sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Executive Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Dr. Billy Powell, says they are one of the association’s who signed that letter.
The beef checkoff is involved in many aspects, including issues management. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says through the checkoff, they work to stay on top of issues affecting the industry.
Thanks to the beef checkoff, the website “beefitswhatsfordinner.com” provides a variety of information about beef for consumers. And Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says it’s a site they invite those how have questions about beef to check out.
Growing beets in Florida has become a pretty big deal due to the fact that it provides farmers with a good yielding crop that is a good quality feedstuff they can easily blend with grass or other dry matter to feed cattle herds. Amy Lyons with Beta Seeds explains.
We told recently that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Executive Vice President of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Jim Handley, says they are one of the association’s who signed that letter.
The Georgia cattlemen’s Association recently conducted Region Roundup meetings at various points across the state to talk with members about the association. Will Bentley, Director of GCA’s Association Services, says the meetings went very well.
USDA’s October Cattle on Feed report shows the continued downward trend in feedlot inventories. The number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. totaled Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about some upcoming cotton meetings, a look at the varying sides of COOL, along with information about an auctioneering contest that was held here in the Southeast and the fact this is National Sausage Month.
The proposed Waters of the U.S. rule from the EPA is one that has many concerned right now, including a few lawmakers. Cindy Zimmerman recently caught up with Katie Edwards, who represents Florida House District 98, and asked if she thought the states could handle this better.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) yesterday joined fellow Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in writing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request immediate withdrawal of the agriculture Interpretive Rule to Waters of the United States (WOTUS).
The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could Read the rest of this entry »
Despite the fact the World Trade Organization once again ruled against the U.S. requirement of Country of Origin meat labeling, there are some agriculture and consumer groups who say the U.S. should not give up on COOL.
More than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »