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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market reports for the week ending September 30th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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The Potential of U.S. Beef Heading to China

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

We all learned recently that after a 13-year ban, China will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals less than 30 months of age. Kent Bacus, director of international trade with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, knows this is great news for U.S. cattle producers.

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USDA Designates 9 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sep. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 9 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Baldwin, Bibb, Hancock, Houston, Jones, Peach, Taliaferro, Twiggs and Wilkinson

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because Read the rest of this entry »

Spreading the Word about Conserve Alabama

conserve-alabama-logoAn effort has been underway this year working with communities to conserve Alabama’s natural resources. And according to Dr. William Puckett, it’s called Conserve Alabama.

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Lawmakers and Lobbyists Continue Efforts with WOTUS

stream waterAgriculture lawmakers and lobbyists charge the Environmental Protection Agency’s continued efforts to enforce its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, is endangering the very practice of farming.

A California farmer has decided to take on the EPA in court over Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Ag Community Reminded to Get Tickets for UF Homecoming Game

uf-ag-gardening-day-2016AgNet Media, University of Florida Athletics and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) reminds everyone in the ag community that if you have yet to purchase tickets for the 2016 Agriculture and Gardening Day at UF, when the Gators play University of Missouri Tigers at UF’s homecoming football game, now is the time to do so. That big event will be held in just over 2 weeks, on October 15th.

Anyone with ties to the agricultural industry, including farm families and friends, is Read the rest of this entry »

No Big Surprises in Latest Cattle on Feed Report

cattleThere were no big surprises in the latest USDA Cattle on Feed report but placement numbers were pretty big. The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. totaled 10.1 million head on September 1, one percent above September 1, 2015.

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Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival is This Weekend

fca-ranch-rodeoThe Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival is coming up this weekend, September 30-October 1 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. The rodeo performances will be at 7 pm and will feature 16 ranch teams. Events include saddle bronc riding, colt riding, Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Peck

chicken peckCathy Isom tells us why we might want to think twice before giving a peck to some cute and fury friends. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Florida Producers Encouraged to Get BQA Certified

fbcFlorida beef and dairy producers are being encouraged to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified for free. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says you can do so online now through November 13.

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Georgia Beef Teams have Been Trained

gbbWe told you a couple of weeks ago that this year’s Georgia Beef Team had been selected. And according to Georgia Beef Board’s Kaytlyn Malia, those Beef Team members have all completed training and are ready to go.

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Alabama Young Cattlemen Participating in Industry Tour

acaThe Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recognizes the need to cultivate future leaders of the association and industry. And one way they are doing that is through the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), which is funded in part by the Alabama State Beef Checkoff. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says Class 3 will be taking an industry tour this weekend.

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