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Beef Quality Assurance Free Certification Period Underway

bqa-logoBeef and dairy producers can take advantage of free Beef Quality Assurance certification online now through April 15, as the $25-$50 online training fee for every person is being picked up for those who complete the BQA training process.

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Florida Veteran, Small and New Farmer Workshop

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to invite those interested to attend the Veteran, Small and New Farmer Workshop in Monticello on February 16. Register free by February 9 on-line at or call 850-526-4910.

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Alabama Legislature Opens 2016 Session

aac-logoThe 2016 Alabama Legislative Session got underway last week in Montgomery. And Executive Director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Leigha Cauthen, has an update on what transpired.

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Florida Lawmakers Look at Early Start to 2018 Session

Today, Florida State House members are scheduled to consider an early start to the 2018 legislative session, similar to a decision that moved up the beginning of this year’s session.

According to The News Service of Florida, the proposal (PCB GOAS 16-01), going before the Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, calls for the 2018 session to begin Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 12, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the cotton industry’s disappointment in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s decision concerning making cottonseed eligible for USDA safety net programs, the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal agreement by member nations, commodity certificates Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 5th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Farmer Big Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation wants to hear from farmers about using today’s technology. Cathy Isom reports that AFBF is encouraging all farmers and ranchers to take the online survey.

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Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show is Wednesday

uf-nw-fl-beef-conferenceThe 31st annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 10 in the Agriculture Conference Center, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Marianna.

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Cattle Feedlots Cutting Back on Placements

cattleLooking back at USDA’s latest cattle on feed report which came out in late January, some felt the numbers indicated future expansion plans by producers across the country. But it also showed a cutback in placements.

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USDA Investing More in Conservation Stewardship Program

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service wants farmers and landowners to know a signup period has been announced for 2016 funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). While NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, producers should submit applications by March 31 to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.

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Hoping for Congressional Approval on TPP

Congressional Approval on TPP

Philip Ellis

It was announced late Wednesday that the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal had been reached, as the agreement was signed by member nations. Recent Past President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Phillip Ellis, said this was a key issue for the beef industry.

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Celebrating Florida Agriculture Day

University of Florida/IFAS Watching Legislative Budget Talks

Florida Agriculture Day

Pictured: Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam with 4-H members
Photo provided by Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

At week four the budget process is moving extremely fast and is ahead of schedule.

Committee budget plans for both the House and Senate were unveiled and passed throughout last week. The proposed budgets could Read the rest of this entry »

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