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Help Mitigate Heat Stress in Cattle This Summer

As summer moves along, researchers at the Meat Animal Research Center have identified four main areas that influence an animal’s response to heat stress.


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Pastures and Rangelands are in Much Better Shape

Despite a few setbacks in some areas of the country, Gary Crawford reports that U.S. pasture and rangeland conditions continue to surpass recent years.


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Southerland Fighting to Protect Agriculture

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.


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Women Becoming the Face of Agriculture

There are more and more women becoming the face of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Pharmacologist Named Executive Associate Dean at UF’s Veterinary Medical College

From the University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thomas W. Vickroy, Ph.D., a pharmacologist and longtime University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, has been named executive associate dean of the college.

Dean James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., made the announcement following a comprehensive national search. The appointment is effective Aug. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

USMEF Unveils New U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide

With funding support from the American Lamb Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation has developed a new U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide to help promote U.S. lamb in international markets. Joe Schuele has the details.


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Beef Checkoff Funded by Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know that beef producers across the country have a vested interested in the beef checkoff? Robert Fountain from Adrian, Georgia says it’s important for producers to understand where funding for the beef checkoff comes from.


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

Meat Trade is Strong

According to the latest USDA forecast, total meat production for 2014 has been increased.


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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Second State

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory last week reported a positive test of vesicular stomatitis on samples submitted from four horses in Weld County, Colorado. Previous positive cases of this disease have been diagnosed in Read the rest of this entry »

Award Presented to Florida Beef Council

fbc-logo-2012During a recent event, the Florida Beef Council not only was able to promote beef, but they also received special recognition.


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Georgia Producers Encouraged to Talk Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia beef Board encourages producers to get out and talk beef with consumers as there is a lot of information available to help you answer any questions they may have.


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Alabama Junior Cattlemen Holding Roundup

Cobie Rutherford

Cobie Rutherford

Cobie Rutherford with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association invites everyone to attend this weekend’s 8th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association’s Roundup at the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.


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To learn more go to the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s website.

Urging New Comment Period for Poultry Inspection Rule Change

A coalition of consumer groups have asked USDA and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of its rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.


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Pig Farmers in Social Media World

The Pork Checkoff is sponsoring a new social media outreach program – #RealPigFarming


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Visit Facebook.com/RealPigFarming to learn more.

Cargill Turkey Suppliers to End Use of Growth-Promoting Antibiotics

Cargill has announced independent farms that supply it with turkey will stop using growth-promoting antibiotics. Some by this coming Thanksgiving and the rest by the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Consumption Up 17 Percent in the US

From the National Chicken Council:

Greensboro, Ga. – July 21, 2014 – More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.

Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cattlemen Excited about Summer Conference

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White wants to remind cattle producers across Georgia that the 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference will be held later this week in the mountains of North Georgia.


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To learn more about the GCA Summer Conference click here.

Florida Cattlemen Promoting Leadership Academy

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association is excited about their new Leadership Academy program starting this year, and encourages ranchers across the state to learn more about it.


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Proposed Water Rule Turns to PR Campaign

Many folks are scratching their head over new the Environmental Protection Agency’s public relations campaign, “Ditch the Myth”, concerning the proposed Waters of the United States rule.


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NACAA Holding Annual Meeting in Mobile

nacaa-alabama-2014The state of Alabama welcomes the National Association of County Agricultural Agents to Mobile for their Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. The event started Sunday and runs through Thursday as county agents from all 50 states are attending.


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Nomination Deadline Nearing for FSA County Committees

USDA’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.


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Calling All Kid Chefs: 2014 Student Chef Cook-Off Kicks Off

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Are you a student going into 4th through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you!

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chef ambassadors to promote “Fresh From Florida” recipes and products. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review Ending the Week of July 18, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, the peanut checkoff being approved in Alabama, did you know recent research efforts have been underway using aging methods on beef value cuts?

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 18th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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August Alabama Wildlife School to Be Held in Bibb County

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

Auburn, Ala, July 18, 2014 – The Alabama Association of Conservation Districts’ Forestry and Wildlife Committee will host a Forestry and Wildlife School, on August 21-22, 2014, at the National Guard Armory, 133 Walnut Street, Brent, Alabama.

The targeted audience includes landowners and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat and timber production. Topics include wildlife management, timber management, feral hog control, and much more. The event will also include a tour of a Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama RC&D Involved in Many Areas

Mike Roden

Mike Roden

Mike Roden with the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils says they help people in many areas of their state.


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To learn more go to their website at www.aarcd.net.

NRCS Continues to Reenroll Expiring CSP Contracts

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds landowners who signed up in the Conservation Stewardship Program in 2010, those contracts are about to expire and they encourage re-enrollment.


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Milk Production Forecast Lowered

According to the latest USDA forecast, there is going to be less milk production for 2014 than earlier expected.


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Latin American Product Showcase in Peru

usmefFor the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Meat Export Federation helped connect buyers and sellers of U.S. beef, pork and lamb products at the USMEF Latin American Product Showcase. This year’s event took place this past week in Lima, Peru. Joe Schuele has the story.


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Being Inspired by Pork

Today Cindy Zimmerman has information about the newest promotion for the pork industry, “Pork Be Inspired“.


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