From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Tallahassee, FL –The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.
“Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can Read the rest of this entry »
President Obama signed an executive order last week calling for a five year plan to track highly resistant bacterial infections. The executive order came as a response to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatment, a problem that’s been noted to kill 23,000 people each year.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants, USDA making new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers, a reminder to cattle producers that they can now get BQA certified for free right now and more.
Cattle producers are being reminded that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is once again supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll before October 31. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this is a great way for producers to get certified.
WASHINGTON – The House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.
Between taking time off for elections and of course the holiday periods, Congress will only be in Washington for just a few more weeks between now and the end of the year. But there are many issues of importance to agriculture that need to be taken care of and Bob McCan, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says one of those is meaningful tax reform.
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week’s recommendation of Read the rest of this entry »
The National Chicken Council used an article by Reuters this week as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016.
The 20th Annual Florida Cattlemen’s Association Quality Replacement Heifer Sale will take place this Friday, September 19 at the Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia. FCA’s Jim Handley says the sale starts at 1:00p.m.
In this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff has programs that range from working with youth all the up to those who work with beef everyday? Jimmy Holliman from Dallas County, Alabama has seen it do just that and is pleased with what the checkoff does.
USDA announced this week that they will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations. And Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says one of those funds is the National Grazing Lands Coalition.
From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.
A few moms will get a chance to learn more about the beef industry in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says an event will take place, thanks to the beef checkoff and the American National Cattlewomen, to promote the industry in Florida.
This weekend, the beef message will go out to many consumers in the Atlanta area through a radio show. And best of all, Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they won’t need checkoff dollars to do this.
It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »
A little over two weeks ago USDA announced the start of the new risk management program for dairy farmers. The Dairy Margin Protection Program will allow dairy farmers to take steps to protect their business from economic risks beyond their control.
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.