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Florida NRCS Encourages Producers to Learn about CSP

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida encourages producers to learn more about the Conservation Stewardship Program. Participants in the program take additional steps to improve resource conditions including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, and even energy. One Florida farmer is pleased that he signed up for CSP.

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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Looking Good

Looking at pasture and rangeland conditions across our country this past week, overall they look pretty good.

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BPI to Reopen Garden City Facility

Beef Products Incorporated announced this week they will reopen its Garden City, Kansas facility that was closed in 2012.

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Florida Remembers Hurricane Charley on 10th Anniversary

From the Florida Division of Emergency Management:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ten years ago today, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.

“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Hold Fall Board Meeting in Auburn

aca-auburn-board-mtg-2014The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association held its fall quarterly meeting Tuesday in Auburn, as board members enjoyed a change in location from the ACA building in Montgomery. The meeting itself took place in the Veterinary Education Center.
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ROI Study Shows Good News for Beef Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returned over $11.00 to the beef industry? Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University says beef producers and importers are getting a tremendous rate of return on their investment.

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ADAI Clean Sweep Program Pesticide Collection Days in September

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are conducting two agricultural pesticide collection days, one to be held Wednesday, September 3rd in Baldwin County and another on Thursday, September 4th in Henry County.

The ADAI Clean Sweep Program allows farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators, and nurseryman, at no cost, to bring up to Read the rest of this entry »

USMEF Hosts Congressional Delegation from Mexico

Joe Schuele

Joe Schuele

This week the U.S. Meat Export Federation is hosting a Congressional delegation from Mexico for a firsthand look at U.S. meat production. Joe Schuele has more on that story.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: USDA Issues August Crop Reports

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features the latest USDA crop reports for cotton and peanuts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New Beef Product for Bacon Lovers

Yesterday, Cindy Zimmerman told us how hot bacon has been this summer. Today, she says a new beef product would like in on some of that action.

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Beef Processors Being Pressured

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Beef processors are making adjustments to the lower supplies and higher prices of cattle. And as Gary Crawford reports for some, the adjustment is to close down.

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Georgia Beef to Be Discussed at Region Roundups

gbbThe Georgia Cattlemen’s Association is starting their annual Region Roundups this week, and according to Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board, one of the topics will be beef myths.

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Florida Thankful for Federation Grants

fbc-logo-2012We told you last week the Florida Beef Council received two grants from the Federation of State Beef Councils. And Ashley Hughes says they are thankful to get those to use for a couple of promotions in the state.

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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Down to Enticing 8

alabama-best-steak-logo-201Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has an update on their summer promotion, Alabama’s Best Steak Contest, which she says is now down to the “Enticing 8″.

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Pork and Beef Exports on Record Pace through June

U.S. pork and beef exports remained strong in June, pushing export value for both products to a record first-half pace.

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Dairy Producers will have Info on New Dairy Program

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Despite concerns by some, the nation’s dairy producers will have the information they need to decide about the new Margin Protection Program and they will have it in time to make decisions about it. With more on that, here’s Gary Crawford.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Farmland


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the increased number of farms and farmland acreage in Florida.

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CWT Helps Dairy Exports Hit Record for June

The U.S. exported 17.3 percent of its milk production in June, the highest percentage ever achieved for the month of June and one of the highest monthly percentages ever.

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Beef Business Up as Earnings Dip for One Company

Cargill said fourth-quarter earnings fell 12 percent from a year ago but profit rose significantly in its animal protein segment. Specifically their beef business led animal nutrition and protein divisions with a strong performance.

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Ag in Review Ending the Week of August 8, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports about the 6-month mark of the new Farm Bill, about the new Cotton Transition Assistance Program which starts Monday, how the peanut crop looks right now in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about a new burger made from both beef and chicken.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 8th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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South Georgia-North Florida Dairy Workshop

Here’s a reminder for dairy producers that coming up August 19 from 4pm-8pm and August 20 from 10am-2pm, the South Georgia/North Florida English/Spanish Dairy Milkers’ Workshop will be held. It all starts at the Brooks County Ag Center in Quitman, GA and concluded at Brooksco Dairy in Quitman. The workshop will Read the rest of this entry »

2013 U.S. Farm Expenditures

USDA recently announced that U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013.

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New Beef-Chicken Burger

Cindy Zimmerman has a story today about a new burger, which some hopes will please both beef ands chicken lovers.

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Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Another Beef Packer to Close

Another meat packing company will close due to drought, as L&H Packing Company has announced they will close their San Antonio beef plant.

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Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.

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Social Media Efforts Promoting Beef Message

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know there are various social media efforts to help consumers better understand the beef industry? Emilia Dover from Chatsworth, Georgia knows the importance of getting the beef message out to consumers and feels the social media aspect is a great way of doing just that.

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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.

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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Escambia, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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