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Florida’s Agritourism Industry is Soaring

Florida’s top two industries are tourism and agriculture, and when you combine the two, it becomes something special for many folks across the state.


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Applications Accepted for 2015 Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award through August 15.


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For more information about the program or to download the 2015 nomination application visit FreshFromFlorida.com.

2015 Latin American Product Showcase will be Largest Ever

usmefThe fifth edition of the U.S. Meat Export Federation Latin American Product Showcase is coming up July 15-16 in Costa Rica, and is shaping up as the largest ever. Joe Schuele has the story.


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First Annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Planned

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 »

The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

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)

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 »

FFA and Ag Education Furthering Careers

ffa-logoWhen it comes to FFA and ag education in general, they are pivotal as it relates to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization Executive Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.


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Administration Places Politics over Producers

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

Earlier this week, USDA APHIS released their final rules for the Importation of Fresh Beef from Northern Argentina and a region in Brazil. With this step by the Administration, these areas with a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease would be allowed to begin the inspection process to import fresh and frozen beef products into the U.S. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they stand firmly Read the rest of this entry »

Partnering to Enhance Wetlands Easements

usda-logoFunding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to help conservation partners protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.


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Tran-Pacific Partnership Would Generate 10,000 Pork Export Jobs

With talks to get underway later this month to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the National Pork Producers Council called on the president to finalize the agreement that the Council says will generate 10,000 pork export jobs.


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Alabama Attorney General Moves to Stop Wotus

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

The Alabama Farmers Federation appreciates Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for signing on to a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

On Tuesday, Strange joined eight other states on the lawsuit that asks a federal court to strike down the EPA’s controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Farmers have been concerned about the Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama’s Best Steak-Voting Begins Today!

aca-best-steak-logo-2015Who serves the best Ribeye in Alabama? Voting begins today in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out. You have from now until August 15th to visit alabamasbeststeak.com and vote for your favorite Alabama steakhouse. A bracket challenge will determine the top “Fiery 4” restaurants, but only one will be named home to Alabama’s Best Steak.

Promoting U.S. Beef Overseas

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Brian Smith from Green Hill, Alabama says the checkoff is instrumental in helping get our product in markets overseas.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff, go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Florida NRCS Cover Crop Research

Janet Grabowski

Janet Grabowski

USDA’s Plant Materials Center in Brooksville, Florida has seen a change from what their mission has been in the past. Center Manager Janet Grabowski explains how their work now involves cover crops.


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Florida Joins Lawsuit Against EPA’s Clean Water Rule

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

news service florida logoFlorida joined a multistate lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ adoption of a rule that expands federal pollution controls. The lawsuit, filed in a federal district court in Georgia, contends that the technical “Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States” supplants states’ constitutional rights Read the rest of this entry »

Waters of the U.S. Set to Become Law

The Clean Water rule, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, is slated to become law on August 28th as it was published in the Federal Register this past Monday.


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Dairy Producers Can Now Enroll in Margin Protection Program

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Today, July first, is the start date for dairy producers to enroll in USDA’S 2016 Margin Protection Program. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini discusses how the program works.


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COOL Discussions to Heat Up

Talks over Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) are expected to heat up again when Congress returns after the 4th of July break.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Acreage Down; Peanut Acreage Up

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes two USDA reports that show certain field crop acreage going in opposite directions: Cotton acreage is down 18 percent while peanut acreage is up the same percentage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black Applauds Efforts to Overturn Burdensome ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Gary Black

Gary Black

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is applauding the action taken today by Attorney General Sam Olens to join eight other state attorneys general in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency that unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.

The rule, known generally as the “Waters of the United States” rule, would extend the EPA and Corps of Engineers’ regulatory reach to an untold number of small bodies of water and could have dire consequences for Georgia farmers by Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Team Beef Ready for Peach Tree Road Race

ga-team-beefTeam Beef, through the Georgia Beef Board, will be involved once again this year with the Peach Tree Road Race. Suzanne Bentley says the expo before the race will be held this Thursday and Friday where they hope to talk with a lot of consumers.


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Educators Learn More about Beef in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about an event the Council took part in this past weekend where members were able to discuss beef with educators.


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Alabama Poultry Industry Working on Avian Influenza

al-poultry-egg-assocAvian influenza has been a concern for many in the poultry industry, and while it’s not been found in the Southeast, Johnny Adams with the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association says they still continue to deal with the possibility that it could happen.


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Senate Ag Chair Plans for Movement on COOL in July

The Senate Ag Chair notes the Senate must take action in July on Country of Origin meat labeling.


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President Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015)-Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers.

President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Discussing Latest Review on 2,4-D

Jim Gray

Jim Gray

Last week, after the latest review of scientific literature, the International Agency for Research on Cancer said the herbicide 2,4-D will be classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans. We talked with Jim Gray, executive director of the 2,4-D Research Task Force, about his thoughts on this report.


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U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 9 Percent

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Friday indicated a nine percent inventory increase compared to June of last year.


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Alabama Youth Learn About Branding Cattle

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Last year we told you about a group of young people from Green Hill, Alabama who helped South Dakota ranchers that lost cattle during a blizzard in the fall of 2013. Brian Smith, with the Lauderdale County Cattlemen’s Association, says they were invited back out that way to take part in an event.


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Update from UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science in Tifton

There are a variety of activities that take place each year with the University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science in Tifton. Dr. John Bernard runs through some of the many things they are involved with and has news of interest for producers.


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Good Participation in Florida Cattlemen’s Allied Committee

FCAThe Allied Committee for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) has really grown over the years. During the recent FCA convention, Chuck Crews, who is with Met Life Agricultural Investments and serves on that committee, talked about why there is more participation in the committee.


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What to Do about COOL

In advance of last Thursday’s Senate hearing on U.S. country of origin labeling, Mexican and Canadian officials sent separate letters to Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts and ranking member of the Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow.


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