In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.
In an overview of Cuban agriculture last week, University of Florida’s Bill Messina told Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association members that if and when trade opens with the island nation, it could bring Read the rest of this entry »
The Florida Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone there are only two qualifying rodeos remaining this season for this year’s Ranch Rodeo State Finals. One of those will be July 17-18 in Hardee County with the other July 31-August 1 in DeSoto County. Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill has more on this story.
Santa Rosa County, Florida District Conservationist, Trent Mathews, says USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service offers many programs that can help landowners and encourages folks to learn more about them.
Trade with other countries is of course very important to agriculture as a whole. And a trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement, as the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet later this month for the last round of talks.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Michelle Grimmer from Plant City, Florida has information about another way checkoff dollars are used by cattlewomen to relay the beef message to consumers.
From Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade. Mangum was selected via a national competitive process.
In 1974, Congress established APAC to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Congress is back from its 4th of July break with a lot of work remaining on agriculture. While passage of TPA was a huge win for agriculture, American Farm Bureau’s Dale Moore says there is still much left to do before Congress breaks again for its summer recess.
Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board is pleased with Team Beef’s efforts at this past weekend’s Peach Tree Road Race in Atlanta, and she talks about how even more people are interested in becoming a part of the team.
Livestock auctioneer and Southside, Ala. native Brandon Neely can already check “becoming a national champion” off his bucket list at the age of 29. Neely earned the top spot in the Livestock Marketing Association’s 52nd World Livestock Auctioneer Championship held recently in Texas.
State attorneys general in many states, including Alabama, Florida and Georgia, have joined in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new rule, “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. This rule is claimed to unlawfully expand the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.
The First annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly Meeting is planned for July 14 and 15 in Denver Colorado. The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in Read the rest of this entry »
Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)
July in America. It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks. It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers.
2015 marks America’s 239th birthday.
July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people.
One hundred and fifty-three years later, this tradition continues across America through the network of 112 land-grant universities, which collectively educate the next generation of agricultural professionals and scientists and are helping find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.
Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for Read the rest of this entry »