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Good Year for Alabama Beef Checkoff Program

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association is pleased with the various programs that were conducted through the beef checkoff this year, and is also looking forward to getting next year’s marketing plan started.


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Food Safety Research for Florida Residents

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Food safety is important all year long but is always highlighted at this time of the year. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council recently learned how Floridians were doing with food safety issues.


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Enjoy Georgia Beef for Holidays

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes everyone will think beef for your family meals this holiday season and has information of where you can find recipes and more beef information to help you with all of it.


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Feedlot Inventories Higher than a Year Ago

cattleFeedlot inventories are higher than last year at this time, despite very low placements during November. Gary Crawford has the numbers.


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Goat Farming

Goats on a summer pastureEverett Griner talks about this rapid growing micro-farming enterprise in today’s Agri View.


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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending December 19th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Walmart Issues New Poultry Safety Measures for Suppliers

Walmart will implement new poultry safety guidelines for suppliers in an effort to reduce foodborne illnesses such as salmonella.


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Vilsack Dropping Beef Checkoff Proposal

It’s being reported that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will not pursue efforts to create another beef checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law.


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Beef Checkoff Involved in Overseas Promotions

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is involved in helping promote your product overseas? Jimmy Holliman from Dallas County, Alabama does and is glad to know the checkoff is there to help in this effort.


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

Vilsack on Busy Year for USDA

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Tom Vilsack

2014 has been a very busy year for many staff members at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told Southeast AgNet one big reason why is we did get a new farm bill this year.


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Time Running Out to Enroll in Dairy Program

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

It seems in the dairy business milk prices are either rising rapidly or crashing. So if you are still undecided about signing up for the new dairy Margin Protection Program, here’s a reminder that decision needs to be made by this Friday. Gary Crawford has more.


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Application Deadline for Beef Industry Scholarships

This Friday is the deadline for applications to be turned in for scholarships from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Students studying Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Being Accepted on Conservation Programs

usda-logoThere are some proposed changes for USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program, and producers are being invited to make public comments on both.


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Alabama Landowners Invited to Comment on New EQIP Rule

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Agricultural producers, private forest landowners and stakeholders in Alabama are invited to provide comments on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Steve Musser, hopes producers will learn more about the technical and financial assistance available through EQIP.


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Keeping Backyard Chickens Safe

Yesterday, Cindy Zimmerman had a story of how backyard chickens are really making a comeback. Today, she looks at what it takes to keep them safe.


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Congress Passes Key Tax Extenders Legislation

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 76 to 16 to pass a tax extenders package that holds key provisions for small businesses such as section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. The tax extenders package was previously approved in the Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Dairy Deadline; Specialty Crop Protection

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder on Friday’s dairy program deadline and information on increased protection for specialty crop growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

More Chickens in the Yard

chickens-in-yardMany of us are familiar with seeing chickens running around yards in our younger days, but was a practice that seemed to end in most cases. But according to Cindy Zimmerman, it’s starting to make a comeback.


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Florida Beef Council Approves 2015 Marketing Plan

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council has approved their 2015 marketing plan, and Ashley Hughes says they look forward to implementing those plans which include some new things.


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Georgia Looking for Team Beef Runners

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they are expanding their efforts for Team Beef in 2015 and are looking for more runners to be a part of the team.


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End of Year Alabama Beef Promotion

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has information about a beef promotion that’s taking place here at the end of the year.


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Uncertainty Over Tax Breaks

American Farm Bureau tax advisor Pat Wolff discusses tax break extensions for agriculture and other sectors which is one of the last major bills the U.S. Senate will take up this year.


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No Severe Cuts or Changes to Most USDA Programs

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

When it comes to the new spending bill, Gary Crawford reports there were no severe cuts or changes to most USDA programs.


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Canadian Avian Influenza Outbreak Expands

The bird flu outbreak in Canada now includes 10 farms and nearly a quarter million birds. Meatingplace is reporting the latest farm, confirmed December 13th in Langley, British Columbia contained 53,000 table egg layers. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has established control zones to Read the rest of this entry »

Signup Deadline for Dairy Program is Friday

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Tom Vilsack

Dairy producers who have yet to enroll in USDA’S new Margin Protection Program must do so by this coming Friday, December 19. USDA has extended the deadline a couple of times, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says while it seemed early on that high milk prices were resulting in low interest by producers, interest is now picking up.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending December 12, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks healthcare, more farm bill meetings will be held this next week, and we look at agriculture history.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending December 12th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Vilsack Encourages Rural Americans to Get Health Insurance

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.


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More information is available at healthcare.gov.

Largest School Districts Want Antibiotic Free Chicken

Six of the largest U.S. school Districts will switch to antibiotic free chicken.


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