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USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new Veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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Alabama Legislators Kick off 2015 Session

aac-logoAlabama’s 2015 Legislative Session kicked off this week in Montgomery, as legislators returned to town for another year. And Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at how this year’s session began.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Attend Legislative Conference

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be holding their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 24th through 26th. Colin Woodall, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, says this will be an extremely important meeting.


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Georgia Legislation Introduced to Protect Livestock Producers

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Discussions this past week in the Georgia General Assembly included issues affecting those with livestock to metal theft. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar has the details.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

USDA Collecting Data on Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Researchers are trying to find out the real facts about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Gary Crawford has the story.


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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues

In reaction to a new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Milk Producers Federation said it underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health.


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Water Policy Flows Easily from Florida House

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 5, 2015………. A plan that would make changes to the management of the state’s natural springs and address drinking-water issues across Central Florida and the flow of pollution in and out of Lake Okeechobee was approved Thursday by the House on the third day of the legislative session.

The proposal (HB 7003), which has backing from the state’s agriculture industry and influential business groups, must still Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the House of Representative’s Passage of Comprehensive Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement in regards to the House of Representative’s passage of a comprehensive water policy bill, House Bill 7003.

“Florida’s most unifying feature is our water, and the House of Representatives has shown great leadership in passing a bill that will provide a comprehensive, long-term and flexible approach to protecting the Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Certification Important for Consumers and Retailers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Jason Duggin knows a big reason for producers to become BQA certified is consumer confidence.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Florida NRCS State Technical Advisory Meeting to Discuss New Farm Bill

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Florida, Russell Morgan, invites producers to attend the State Technical Advisory Committee public meeting next Thursday, March 12 in Gainesville. He says discussions will include an overview of 2014 Farm Bill programs.


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Alabama NRCS Reminder that CSP Signup Deadline is March 13

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Alabama, Dr. William Puckett, reminds farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers the extended general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications will end next Friday, March 13.


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NCC Statement on McDonald’s USA New Antibiotic Policy

From The National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – McDonald’s USA today announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

The National Chicken Council released the following statement, attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Sees Rise in Cattle Prices and Receipts in 2014

David Garcia

David Garcia

We all know how good cattle prices have been, but the number of cattle which ran through the livestock auctions in Alabama last year was also up a bit. David Garcia, OIC for the Market News Service, has the numbers.


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Environmental Stewardship Award Entries Due Friday

esap-logoHere is a reminder that for the 25th year the Environmental Stewardship Award Program nomination season is open for the 2015 award, but not for much longer, as the deadline for entries is this Friday, March 6.


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Tyson Foods Donates Truckload of Chicken to Food Bank

From the Animal Agriculture Alliance:

ATHENS, Ga. – March 2, 2015 – Today, Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition (CAO) and the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, donated a load of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia.

The 30,400 pound load of chicken, which will provide more than 120,000 servings of protein, arrived at the food bank today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Tyson Foods, the Alliance and the University of Georgia Dairy Club were present to help deliver the chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: PEDv in Georgia; Expanding Trade

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus found in Georgia and news about bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Livestock Producers as a Whole Receiving Less for Their Products

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Livestock producers saw lower prices for their commodities in January, and according to Rod Bain, that brought USDA’s total ag price received index down for the month.


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If you would like to see some of the numbers from USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices Report click here.

Georgia Beef at Southern Women’s Show

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Southern Women’s Show will take place this weekend in Savannah, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says they will be there talking with women about beef.


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Alabama Cattlemen Promoting Annual SLE Rodeo

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The annual Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo is coming to Montgomery March 19-21. Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association hopes folks will attend it and the Junior Livestock Show to support the youth of the state.


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For rodeo tickets stop by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association office, call 1-888-2rodeo2 or go to the ACA website at bamabeef.org.

Florida Beef Council Attends Retail and Food Service Workshop

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes talks about what all Florida Beef Council board members learned while attending a retail and food service workshop last week.


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Georgia State Veterinarian on PEDv Confirmation

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

We told you yesterday that the Georgia Department of Agriculture had reported a known case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the state. This morning, I talked with Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb. He explains when and where PEDv was found and what hog producers and those with show pigs in the state need to know.


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For more information about the investigation and PEDv, visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at www.agr.georgia.gov.

Florida Farm Bureau President Looks at Legislative Session

John Hoblick

John Hoblick

The 2015 Florida Legislative Session kicks off Tuesday in Tallahassee, and Gary Cooper was able to catch up with Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick as they talked about some of the issues of importance to agriculture that will be discussed during this year’s session.


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Meat Market

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Today, Cathy Isom looks into how much we can expect to pay for our beef, pork and poultry this year.


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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Found in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) announced this past weekend that two fecal swabs taken from pigs at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show were found to be positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Read the rest of this entry »

Are the Worst of the PED Virus Problems Over?

One thing we’ve not heard a lot about this winter is the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. So is increased testing and bio-security for a deadly swine disease making a difference in detection and prevention? Rod Bain looks to answer that question.


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Pleased that New University of Florida President Appreciates Agriculture

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Those who attended the recent Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame ceremony were able to hear directly from the new University of Florida President who emceed the event. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at UF, it was obvious the new president appreciates agriculture.


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Alabama FFA President Looks Forward to State Convention

Will Graves

Will Graves

Last week was of course National FFA Week, a busy week for many, but Alabama State FFA Association President Will Graves says he is now looking forward to other events like their state convention.


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Florida Cattlemen’s Legislative Quarterly is Next Week

FCAAll members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association are encouraged to attend the FCA Legislative Quarterly meeting March 10-12 in Tallahassee.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 27th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Secretary Vilsack and Former Agriculture Secretaries Veneman and Glickman Announce Bipartisan Efforts to Expand Trade

Bipartisan Group Urging Passage of Trade Legislation Critical to Agriculture Economy

Glickman

Glickman

Veneman

Veneman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Ann Veneman (George W. Bush Administration) and Dan Glickman (Clinton Administration) today announced new bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. The secretaries discussed the importance of new trade partnerships that will help to expand American exports, increase wages, and help American businesses, including farms and other agriculture businesses, grow and create jobs across the country.

The past six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion since 2009. USDA strives to create new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers so that they can sustain and grow their businesses and, in turn, foster economic growth in rural communities and create new jobs. Increased trade and exports will build on this success.


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