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Beef Checkoff Tailored to Meet Consumer Needs

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Donna Jo Curtis from Athens, Alabama talks about how research has helped producers learn what consumers want.


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

Deadline to Apply for Livestock Indemnity Program Assistance is Friday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds producers the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Livestock Indemnity Program for losses suffered from October 2011 through December 2014 is this Friday, January 30. Local Farm Service Agency county offices can provide additional information on the types of records producers will need to apply for assistance. To learn more, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Cattle Industry Convention is Next Week

Cattle producers are invited to attend the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-7. This year’s event includes another big Trade Show, along with General Sessions, meetings and more. For more information go to beefusa.org.

Southeast AgNet This Week: GCC Anniversary; Seed Conference Report

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on the 50th anniversary celebration of the Georgia Cotton Commission and a report from the Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Hosts Tour

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Thanks to beef checkoff dollars from the Federation of State Beef Councils, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says they were able to hold a Farm to Fork Tour this week.


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Georgia Beef Team Answering Consumer Questions

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says a few students at the University of Georgia will soon be ready to get out and promote beef as a part of this semester’s Beef Team.


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Alabama Beef Checkoff Has Busy Start to 2015

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it has been a busy start to 2015 as efforts through the beef checkoff program have hit the ground running.


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New Cattle Feedlot Report Shows Same Old Trends

cattleThe latest USDA report on cattle feedlot activity shows more of the same in terms of trends. Gary Crawford has more.


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Stallman on Modifying Beef Checkoff

Bob Stallman

Bob Stallman

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman, during their recent convention, discussed efforts in trying to modify the current Beef Checkoff program.


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Horsepower as a Form of Measurement

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Everett Griner talks about horsepower as a form of measurement in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 23, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have a story concerning changes in contamination standards and changes in how our poultry products are tested for contamination, we look at some key priorities for cattle producers this legislative session, and talk about new videos that have been produced to help teach those interested how to farm.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending January 23rd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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New Videos Teach How to Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

New videos have been produced to help teach those interested how to farm. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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More about these new videos can be found at www.fooddialogues.com.

Putnam: ‘Think Big, Act Boldly’ on Water, Land

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 22, 2015………. Florida lawmakers, who received a directive from voters in November to increase spending to protect water sources and sensitive lands, were told to “think big and act boldly” by the state agriculture commissioner on Thursday.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told members of the House State Affairs Committee that any approach to addressing Florida’s water needs should first focus on restoring natural springs and Read the rest of this entry »

Northwest Florida Beef Conference is February 11

The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 11th, at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center in Marianna.


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Alabama Water Issues Included in Grazing Research

Dr. Kim Mullinex

Dr. Kim Mullinex

Research efforts in grazing management are ongoing at Auburn University. Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Kim Mullinex explains.


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More information is available at alabamabeefsystems.com.

COOL Coalition Calls for Immediate Action

As part of the COOL Reform Coalition a number of groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, have signed onto a letter to Congress asking for immediate action to assure U.S. compliance with international trade obligations.


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To read the entire letter and see which groups signed on to it go to coolreform.com/our-message-to-congress.

Study Confirms COOL Does Not Affect Price of Cattle Exports to U.S.

A new study released Thursday by Auburn University professor Dr. Robert Taylor shows Country-of-Origin Labeling did not cause the declines in livestock exports to the United States, which coincided with a substantial global economic downturn that sapped demand for more expensive meat products.


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To see a PowerPoint presentation of the study’s findings click here.

Georgia Agribusiness Council Annual Meeting and Legislative Breakfast

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Georgia’s General Assembly is underway for 2015 and Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, says they are once again watching issues of concern to the ag sector.


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More information about the upcoming GAC Annual Meeting and State Legislative Breakfast can be found at ga-agribusiness.org.

Comment Deadline on EQIP is February 10

For those interested in making comments on how to improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, here’s a reminder you have until February 10 to do so.


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To make a comment go to www.regulations.gov.

Florida Farm Bureau Leader Offers Support for Commissioner Putnam’s Water Policy Statement

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John L. Hoblick expressed his appreciation for the general state water policy outlined today by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam before the House Committee on State Affairs in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Presents Recommendations for Water Policy to House State Affairs Committee

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam presented recommendations on comprehensive water policy for Florida to the House State Affairs Committee today.

Excerpts of his testimony are below:

“Water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida, regardless of what part of the state you are from. … Every corner of the state for various reasons is in some form of conflict. This will be hard. This will be Read the rest of this entry »

Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

From the National Chicken Council:

chicken-wingsWashington, D.C. – January 22, 2015 – With the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving upon us – Super Bowl Sunday – there’s no hotter time of year for chicken wings, which have become a staple food on Super Bowl menus.

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USDA Proposes New Food Safety Measures for Poultry Products

broilier-chickensIn an effort to reduce illnesses from poultry products, food safety officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are proposing some changes in contamination standards and changes in how our poultry products are tested for contamination. Gary Crawford has the details.


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Key Priorities for Cattle Producers this Legislative Session

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

There are some key priorities for cattle producers this legislative session. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says that includes tax, trade and transportation.


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World Dairy Expo Seeking Nominations for Awards

You have a chance right now to nominate leaders in the dairy industry for the 2015 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Program.


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President Touched on Issues that Touch on Agriculture

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford reports that President Obama, in his State of the Union message last night, talked about several issues that affect farmers and agribusiness.


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Beef Producers Urged to Get Involved

www.mybeefcheckoff.comMany have learned that social media is a great way to get your message out. And in our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff Chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Kim Brackett, encourages producers to get involved in promoting their industry.


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

USDA Proposes New Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken breasts, legs and wings. Development of these new standards is a major step in Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Forecasts Slightly Higher Beef Prices

Retail prices for beef may average slightly more than they did in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retail prices set records last year because of tight cattle supplies and relatively strong demand. In the coming year, USDA says an abundance of pork and poultry may limit beef price increases, and recent declines in gasoline prices may give people additional spending power at the grocery store.

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