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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Increased Florida Ag Exports

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how Florida Ag Exports increased to $4.1 billion in international agricultural trade.


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Groups Praise Senate Passage of TPA

After the U.S. Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation (S. 995) Friday evening, many ag groups and Agriculture Secretary Ton Vilsack released statements praising this action: Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 22, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning Country of Origin Labeling, a reminder about a June 1st deadline, along with a brush up on BBQ safety for the holiday weekend.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Florida Cattlemen on Possible Cuba Trade

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

While most everyone in the ag industry welcomes trade, thoughts on the issue of the U.S. opening trade with Cuba vary depending on the geographical location of those being asked. But Southeast AgNet recently caught up with Jim Handley of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association to get his thoughts about this possibility. Josh McGill has the story.


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Putnam on Trade Promotion Authority

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many ag groups have been asking Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority and Thursday, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle by voting 62-38 to end debate on the bill, moving it towards a final vote. TPA is a topic that Southeast AgNet recently discussed with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Josh McGill has the story.


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Avian Influenza Impact on Poultry Supply

When it comes to the Avian Influenza outbreak, one Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist said the direct impact of H5N2 on poultry meat supply is minimal and likely to remain that way.


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Putnam on Upcoming Florida Special Session

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

The Florida House and Senate are scheduled to begin their special legislative session on June 1st. And Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, says this year’s regular session was certainly an unusual one.


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Pasture and Rangeland Season Looking Better

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

The latest pasture and rangeland condition report does paint an optimistic picture, especially for many areas of the central and eastern parts of our country. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey has the latest numbers.


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Pleased with House Passage of Bill to Block EPA Proposal

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they are pleased with this action.


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First 2016 Dairy Supply and Demand Forecast

dairy cows in milking parlorUSDA says dairy growers will produce more milk next year, but also see stronger prices due to increased demand. With more on that story here’s Rod Bain.


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Meat Prices for Memorial Day Weekend

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Stocking up for your holiday B-B-Q? Cathy Isom lets you know what you can expect to pay at the meat counter this weekend.


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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crawford, Peach and Taylor counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by freeze that occurred from March 28-19, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Programs Educate Producers and Consumers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Caleb Beason from Russellville, Alabama knows the beef checkoff does a lot to help educate both producers and consumers.


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House Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for Beef, Pork, and Chicken

From the U.S. House Agriculture Committee:

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, by a recorded vote of 38-6. A combination of 68 Democrats and Republicans joined Chairman K. Michael Conaway in introducing this bipartisan bill that will effectively repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Asking for COOL Repeal; Ag Careers

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on pork and beef producers’ request to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and a report on the growing opportunities in agricultural careers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Social Media Giveaway

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has details about a social media giveaway it is conducting during May Beef Month in Florida.


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Promoting Georgia Beef Month in Various Ways

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley has an update on what is taking place this week in conjunction with May Beef Month in Georgia.


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Pleased with Alabama Beef Tour

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley has information about a tour conducted this past weekend.


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Legislation Introduced in House to Repeal COOL

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) – After over a decade and two administrations failing to successfully implement the rule, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-Texas) introduced legislation (H.R. 2393) to repeal Country of Origin Labeling. Originally introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill covering beef, pork and chicken; and implemented in 2008, COOL has been detrimental to the U.S. livestock industry and without benefit to U.S. consumers. After multiple rulings against the U.S. by the World Trade Organization, Read the rest of this entry »

Asking for COOL Repeal

Now that the World Trade Organization has once again ruled against U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), the National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are asking Congress to repeal COOL.


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WTO Rules against U.S.’ Country of Origin Labeling Requirements

From the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ruled against the United States’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat, upholding the compliance panel’s report in finding against the United States. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement upon the WTO’s announcement. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia State Beef Checkoff Doing Well

John Callaway

John Callaway

John Callaway, chairman of the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef, says the new Georgia State Beef Checkoff is doing well.


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Alabama Cattlemen Hear about State Budget Issues

Jim Akin

Jim Akin

During last week’s spring quarterly meeting of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, cattlemen learned more about the legislative process and the budget, which continues to be a battle this year. ACA President Jim Akin says their time at the state house was interesting as always.


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Discussing Finishing Cattle on Grass in Florida

The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course took place last past week in Gainesville, and one topic that quite a few folks are discussing is the issue of finishing cattle on grass. It was a topic brought up by one of the speakers, Bill Helming, who talked about What Kind of Beef Should We Be Producing. Retired extension specialist with the University of Florida, Bob Sand, was one of the attendees and offers his thoughts on the subject.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 15, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about a new report showing demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs, the final 2014 cotton crop numbers and estimates for the 2015 peanut crop, along with a story about a new health fad.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 15th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Eight Regular Session Days Remain for Alabama Legislature

aac-logoThe Alabama legislative session each year is limited to 30 meeting days within a period of 105 calendar days, meaning there are eight regular session days left in the 2015 session. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks of what lawmakers discussed this past week.


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Florida Short Course Looks at Finishing Cattle on Grass

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course took place this past week in Gainesville. Various topics were discussed, including one that was titled “What Kind of Beef Should We Be Producing, Fixing the Current Beef Industry Model.” Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Jim Handley sat in on that discussion and explains what it was about.


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More Red Meat and Poultry Production Projected for 2016

USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report this week and when it comes to the livestock, poultry and dairy section, total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2016 is projected to be above 2015.


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