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Dairy Producers Can Now Enroll in Margin Protection Program

dairy cows in milking parlorThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that dairy producers can now enroll for 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). FSA Administrator Val Dolcini explains how the program works.

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U.S. Meat Export Prospects to China Remain Strong

usmefDespite China’s new dietary guidelines, U.S. meat export prospects remain strong. Joe Schuele has the story.

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Beef Cattle Expansion May Be Slower than Was Expected

cattle rustlingWhile cattle prices are expected to be high enough over the next few months to maintain positive margins throughout the beef chain, Gary Crawford reports that numbers indicate the beef cattle expansion may be slower than what was expected.

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Senate GMO Labeling Bill Clears First Hurdle

The U.S. Senate Wednesday night cleared a procedural vote on the GMO labeling compromise by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts. The Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the vote, clearing the way for considerations on the Senate floor.

Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the bill “will have the votes” to pass the Senate, likely Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Urges Producers to Submit Comments

nppc_logo_smallUSDA has proposed new animal welfare standards for the National Organic Program that, according to the National Pork Producers Council if enacted, would be the first time such standards are codified in federal law and would present serious challenges to livestock producers. NPPC opposes the new standards, and they point out there are a number of problems with the proposed new Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Signs Three International Agreements Supporting Animal Health and Global Trade

International trade is of course a key factor, but trade restrictions resulting from an animal disease outbreak can have devastating economic effects. With this in mind, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service signed three international agreements on this topic during a recent meeting of the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris, France.

These agreements will make it easier to maintain safe and fair trade of animals and animal products if an Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Team Beef Ready for Peachtree Road Race

gbb-team-beefThere is a big burger promotion that continues this week in Georgia, and according to Kaytlyn Malia with the Georgia Beef Board, Team Beef is also gearing up for a big event this weekend.

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Presentation Made to Bama’s Best Beef Contest Winner

aca-bamas-best-beef-2016This past spring, the Alabama Beef Checkoff sponsored Bama’s Best Beef contest. And Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says it was able to present the winner with a plaque this week.

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Talking Beef with Young Consumers

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Efforts continue in various ways to spread the beef message and inform consumers about the cattle industry. And Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes was able this week to do just that with a group of youngsters.

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A Confluence of Events Behind Increased Cheese Supplies

cheeseAn Agriculture Department analyst looks at factors behind record U.S. cheese supplies and trends that could reduce inventories in the future. Rod Bain reports.

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Pork Exports

pork exports Everett Griner talks about encouraging pork exports this year in today’s Agri View.

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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding Annual Meeting

aac-annual-meeting-2016The 2016 Alabama Agribusiness Council’s (AAC) Annual Meeting is taking place in Orange Beach, and folks from across the state representing various aspects of agriculture are in attendance.
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