The Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association invites growers to join them for a review of employer requirements to offer health insurance to help you understand and apply these aspects in your farm operation.
In 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.
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 »
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. He was pleased to report that they’ve made tremendous progress in the first six months since the Farm Bill was signed.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities like driving a tractor through a pasture.
Nominations are now being accepted for a few seats on the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton, a farmer-funded program that conducts research, promotion and education for the commodity in Georgia.
We’ve talked before how the Georgia Beef Board has worked to stretch beef checkoff dollars as much as possible. Suzanne Bentley says they were actually able to stretch grant dollars they received from the Federation of State Beef Councils to put on another Beef 101 tour.
Associate Chief for Conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service, Leonard Jordan, encourages landowners who have not looked into the Longleaf Pine Initiative to do so by stopping by their local NRCS office.
Parents, schools, health professionals and others have a new resource to help them understand and effectively manage food allergies, thanks to the National Peanut Board. Cindy Zimmerman reports that NPB has launched PeanutAllergyFacts.org, a website dedicated to providing science-based information about peanut and food allergies.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which brings together businesses, tribes, communities and other non-government partners to invest in conservation efforts, has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.
“This program is an entirely new approach to conservation,” Secretary Vilsack said. “By establishing new public-private partnerships, we can have Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that Read the rest of this entry »
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the longleaf pine initiative, how the peanut crop looks thus far in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about efforts underway to find a new Executive Vice President for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.
We told you a couple of weeks ago that Josh White, who has served as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for the past 5 years, has taken a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. And because of that fact, a search committee was formed to fill the position.
DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.
The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the Read the rest of this entry »
DENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 – In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.
“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »