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Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 2-8 National Farmers Market Week

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

usda-logoAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 31, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Avian Influenza vaccines were discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee public hearing this week, diesel prices are at their lowest levels since 2009 which is good news for farmers, but hot, dry weather is really being felt by some dry land crops.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 31st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA to Stockpile Avian Flu Vaccine

John Clifford

John Clifford

Dr. John Clifford, with USDA APHIS, was one of those who spoke to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Thursday during a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.


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Diesel Fuel Dips below Gasoline Price in More Than 20 States

diesel-tankWith diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009, it’s great news for America’s farmers, truckers and construction firms.


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Florida Producers Reminded of Deadline for FSA Nominations

usda-logoThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida wants to remind farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until this coming Monday, August 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.


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Avian Flu Vaccine

H5N1 Vaccine Concept
Cathy Isom has a report on the pros and cons of using a potential avian flu vaccine on U.S. flocks.


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Bullying University of Florida/IFAS Researchers

uf-ifas-logoWhen you think about University of Florida/IFAS researchers, you think of hard working people looking to find better answers for agriculture and consumers. But unfortunately, these efforts have caused two of these researchers to be targets of broad public records requests from anti-GMO activists seeking any communications they’ve had with a number of companies.


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House Subcommittee Evaluates Federal and State Response to Avian Influenza

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.

Identified as one of the worst animal disease outbreaks the U.S. has ever experienced, the disease infected more than Read the rest of this entry »

Truck Weights Still Big Issue for Cattlemen

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Transportation reauthorization is working its way through Congress and Kent Bacus, director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says truck weights continues to be a big issue for them.


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Preparing For Another Bird Flu Problem This Fall

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Cathy Isom tells us how government officials and the poultry industry are preparing for another Bird Flu problem this fall.


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Yoho Introduces Bill to Stop Horse Soring

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), a veterinarian for 30 years, has introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – HR 3268. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring. Soring is the act of causing pain to a horse via chemicals or action devices in order to change the animal’s natural gait. Congressman Yoho released the following statement on the PAST Act: Read the rest of this entry »

Producers Encouraged to Learn about Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jim Akin from Lexington, Alabama encourages producers to learn more about what your beef checkoff is all about.


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

Alabama NRCS Promoting Programs Through RCPP

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, explains how one proposal through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is already underway.


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COOL May Wait Until Fall

House republicans have called an early summer recess, making it even more unlikely congress will resolve a WTO dispute over Country of Origin meat labeling before September.


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Florida Veteran and Small Farmer Workshop is Friday

Trent Mathews

Trent Mathews

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service invites those interested to take part in the Veteran and Small Farmer Workshop this Friday, July 31st in Milton, Florida. NRCS District Conservation in Santa Rosa County, Trent Mathews explains.


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RSVP’s are encouraged so go to http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or call 850-623-0407.

Free Webinar on Tips for Healthy Backyard Poultry

There are a lot of concerns about Avian Influenza possibly returning this fall. And while good bio-security is always a good way to protect the health of backyard poultry, it is even more important right now.


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Bird Flu causing Roller Coaster Price Effect

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Cathy Isom tells us how Avian Influenza is still causing a roller coaster price effect in the egg industry from farm to retail.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Crop Insurance Options; Peanut Conference

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes news on expanded crop insurance options and reports from the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama Culinary Classes Receiving New Beef Materials

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has worked various times with high school culinary teachers and students in the state providing information about beef. But she says they now have something new to help in these efforts.


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Florida Rancher to Discuss Beef at Culinary Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

A Florida rancher will be talking about the beef industry this week at a national culinary event being held in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says this is a great opportunity to get the beef message out to a large group of people.


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Georgia Retailer Promoting Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board talks about how they work with various retailers and gives an example of what they will be doing to reach customers of one of those retailers.


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Preparing for the Possible Return of Avian Flu

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Today, Cathy Isom tells us how the U.S. Department of Agriculture is getting ready for a bird flu worst-case scenario.


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U.S. Cattle Inventory Is Up 2 Percent

cattleongrassThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its semiannual cattle inventory, and it shows the number of cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1 is at 98.4 million head, 2 percent above the 96.3 million on July 1 of last year.


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Cold Storage Report Shows Rise in Frozen Meat Stocks

The monthly Cold Storage report by USDA showed beef, poultry and pork stocks as of the end of June were all much higher than a year ago, though stocks did decline compared to last month.


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Avian Flu

Birds Flu OutbreakEverett Griner talks about the impact this deadly disease could have on the poultry industry in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 24, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA made an announcement concerning the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options, El Nino has steadily strengthened steadily and could end up being the strongest event in 50 years, we learn how satellites are being used to better monitor soil moisture and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 24th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Agriculture Secretary on Importance of TPP Talks

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Efforts to finalize an agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is something that many in agriculture have been watching, including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


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Great Value Found in USMEF Latin American Product Showcase

usmefThe U.S. Meat Export Federation just completed the fifth edition of its Latin American Product Showcase held in San Jose, Costa Rica. And according to a story from Joe Schuele, U.S. exporters there had an opportunity to meet with beef, pork and lamb buyers from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


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