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University of Florida PIE Center to Hold Webinar

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Coming up August 20th, the University of Florida’s PIE Center will hold a webinar that many of you may be interested in. Gary Cooper has the details.

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To learn more about this webinar click here.

GCA Accepting Resumes for Executive Vice President

gcaWe told you a couple of weeks ago that Josh White, who has served as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for the past 5 years, has taken a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. And because of that fact, a search committee was formed to fill the position..

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To view the full job description, go to the GCA website or contact their office in Macon.

Cattle Operations Honored for Stewardship Efforts

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the Read the rest of this entry »

ROI Study Shows $11.20 Return on Beef Checkoff Dollar

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 – In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:

USDAWASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.

“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

Gainesville, Fla.—Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

This year’s finalists are Trevor Bass (Alachua County), Doug and DeAnne Carter (Suwannee County) and Corey Lambert (Hardee County).

The Achievement in Agriculture award recognizes members of Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Involved in Social Media

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff is involved in new efforts to reach millennials? Randy Moody from New Market, Alabama knows that’s something he, as an individual producer, can’t do.

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Global Growth Committee to Meet at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

usmefCattle producers from across the nation are gathered in Denver, Colorado this week for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And international trade will be a key topic of discussion, especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday. Joe Schuele has the story.

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UF/IFAS Extension Youth Development Program Lead Initiative for State Day of Service

From the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »

Court Upholds Previous Ruling on COOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling by a vote of 9-2.

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EPA Administrator Promises to Address WOTUS Concerns

According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.

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Alabama Junior Cattlemen Hold Roundup

acaThe annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association’s Roundup took place this past weekend, as Cobie Rutherford with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association said it was a great event.

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Georgia Beef Board Planning Ahead

gbbThe Georgia Beef Board met this past weekend while attending the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference. Their Chairman, Harvey Lemmon, talks about what was discussed at this meeting.

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Florida Beef Council Holds Beef 101 Course

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council held another Beef 101 Course, thanks to the beef checkoff. And it was an event that Ashley Hughes was pleased with.

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Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees Announced

From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:

Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.

The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »

NCBA President Looking Forward to Summer Conference

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Bob McCan from Texas, was here in the Southeast this past weekend as he attended the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Summer Conference.

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Cattle Herd Still Shrinking but More Heifers are Being Retained

cattleWhile we are looking at ever tighter cattle supplies, there is also a possibility of an expansion on the horizon. Or as Gary Crawford reports, at least that’s the gist of two new USDA cattle reports.

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GCA Summer Conference Continues

gca-summer-conf-2014-danceIt’s day two of the 2014 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference in Helen, Ga. Last night a great crowd turned out for the dinner, auction, and music at the Cottrell Ranch.

Michele Creamer

Michele Creamer

Last night I talked with Michele Creamer, GCA Vice President of Operations, who is very pleased with this year’s event.

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Various meetings will take place again today with a fun event planned tonight for the Saturday evening meal. Then a special event will be held tomorrow morning for GCA Executive Vice President Josh White who will be leaving the association in a couple of weeks. To learn more go to

Three Southeast Farmers Included in “Champions of Change” for Agriculture Honor

White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:

On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Interest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

There is really getting to be quite an increase in those interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. Cindy Zimmerman looks at how some in agriculture are looking at possible uses for them.

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Conservation Practices and The Waters of the U.S. Proposal

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Why are many conservation practices listed as exempt under a proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act? Rod Bain reports.

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CBB Chair Speaks at Georgia Cattlemen’s Summer Conference

gca-summer-conf-2014The 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference officially kicked off today in the North Georgia Mountains. Cattlemen and women from across the state got together this morning for the opening session at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.

Kim Brackett

Kim Brackett

The guest speaker for the opening session was Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chair Kim Brackett, from Buhl, Idaho. I caught up with her to talk about some of the points she discussed this morning.

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Dairy Companies Try to Make Comeback

According to the Wall Street Journal, the trend of looking for healthier food choices has caused a shift in the dairy market.

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2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference Nearing

The 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference is nearing as it will be held July 30-August 2 in Denver, Colorado.

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Help Mitigate Heat Stress in Cattle This Summer

As summer moves along, researchers at the Meat Animal Research Center have identified four main areas that influence an animal’s response to heat stress.

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Pastures and Rangelands are in Much Better Shape

Despite a few setbacks in some areas of the country, Gary Crawford reports that U.S. pasture and rangeland conditions continue to surpass recent years.

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Southerland Fighting to Protect Agriculture

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.

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Women Becoming the Face of Agriculture

There are more and more women becoming the face of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.

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