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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 29th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Farm Income Forecast to Fall This Year

While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.


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Free BQA Certifications Start September 1

cbb-my-beef-canYou heard us over the years promote the Beef Quality Assurance program and the importance for producers to be certified. Well for those of you who aren’t, good news as for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded BQA program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll. This free offer starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.


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So starting on September 1, to become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 29

08-29-14-usda-week-in-reviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Check out the video!

Questioning Sharing of Personal Producer Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal judge to decide without trial, whether the Environmental Protection Agency can share producers’ personal data with environmental groups and others.


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NMPF Pleased with Newly Unveiled Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.

“Today’s release of the new dairy program’s details is the culmination of five years of work by NMPF, the nation’s dairy cooperatives and other Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

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Tom Vilsack

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new risk management program for dairy farmers, known as the Dairy Margin Protection Program.


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World Dairy Expo Entries Due Now

world-dairy-expo-2014World Dairy Expo, coming up September 30 through October 4 in Madison, Wisconsin, is recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry.


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Visit worlddairyexpo.com for more information.

Lawsuits Filed against Smithfield Foods Subsidiary

Seven lawsuits have been filed on behalf of North Carolina Residents against Smithfield Foods subsidiary Murphy-Brown LLC.


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CBB Vice-chair Pleased with Checkoff ROI

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.


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

EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »

Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Holding Steady

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

According to USDA, 48% of the nation’s pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition which is good news for this time of the year. But on the other end of the spectrum, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says 20% of the nations pastures and rangelands are in the poor to very poor category.


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USDA Raises Price Forecast for Beef and Pork

USDA has raised its price forecast for beef and pork consumed at home this year.


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USDA Continues to Seek Input for 2017 Census of Ag

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.


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To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Florida Extension Agents Attending Annual Conference

uf-ifas-logoAll this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.


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More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.

Waiting for WTO Statement on COOL

We told you yesterday that the Wall Street Journal had reported the World Trade Organization will side with Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin labeling. But, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement that while the article is notable, the World Trade Organization isn’t expected to release its report publicly until next month.


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Florida Cattlemen’s Association Moving Convention Location

FCAFor many years, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has taken place in Marco Island. But the next two years that won’t be the case. FCA’s Director of Field Services Dusty Holley explains why and where it will be held.


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Alabama NRCS Working with Poarch Band of Creek Indians

aca-esa-perdido-farms-2014The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recently presented Perdido River Farms of Atmore with an Environmental Stewardship Award. Perdido River Farms General Manager John English says the work they have done with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has helped them to achieve the practices they have on their operation.


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Florida Beef Council Learning about Social Media

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council will soon learn more about how social media works. Ashley Hughes says they will be holding a course for those who serve on the council to give them a better understanding so they can hopefully be more involved in telling their beef story.


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Alabama Cattlemen Discuss Membership and Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell was very pleased with the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s board meeting held in Auburn. He says they were able to give updates on a variety of things including membership, the magazine and the 2015 convention.


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Georgia Beef Month Moving Next Year

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The Georgia Beef Board has celebrated June Beef Month for many years, but according to Suzanne Bentley, that is going to change in 2015.


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Many Concerns about WOTUS

streamThere are many folks in agriculture and beyond concerned about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. Cindy Zimmerman has a five-part report on this issue covering what’s being said about it from all different sides.
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WTO Rules in Favor of Canada and Mexico on COOL

According to the Wall Street Journal, the World Trade Organization has sided with Canada and Mexico in regards to U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rules.


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U.S. Cattle on Feed Down 2 Percent

cattleThe new numbers from USDA’s Cattle on Feed report show the nation’s cattle feedlots are reporting even tighter supplies.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Ag Exports Increased

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how Florida achieved 4.1 billion dollars in international agricultural trade.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 22, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

To hear weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast:
Alabama
Florida
Georgia

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Black Concerned with Proposed EPA Rule

Gary Black

Gary Black

Many folks in agriculture have major concerns with EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and that includes Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black.


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