The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award through August 15.
For more information about the program or to download the 2015 nomination application visit FreshFromFlorida.com.
The First annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly Meeting is planned for July 14 and 15 in Denver Colorado. The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in Read the rest of this entry »
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:July in America. It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks. It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers.
2015 marks America’s 239th birthday.
July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people.
One hundred and fifty-three years later, this tradition continues across America through the network of 112 land-grant universities, which collectively educate the next generation of agricultural professionals and scientists and are helping find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.
Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to FFA and ag education in general, they are pivotal as it relates to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization Executive Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.
Funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to help conservation partners protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.
With talks to get underway later this month to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the National Pork Producers Council called on the president to finalize the agreement that the Council says will generate 10,000 pork export jobs.
From the Alabama Farmers Federation:
The Alabama Farmers Federation appreciates Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for signing on to a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
On Tuesday, Strange joined eight other states on the lawsuit that asks a federal court to strike down the EPA’s controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Farmers have been concerned about the Read the rest of this entry »
Who serves the best Ribeye in Alabama? Voting begins today in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out. You have from now until August 15th to visit alabamasbeststeak.com and vote for your favorite Alabama steakhouse. A bracket challenge will determine the top “Fiery 4” restaurants, but only one will be named home to Alabama’s Best Steak.
In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Brian Smith from Green Hill, Alabama says the checkoff is instrumental in helping get our product in markets overseas.
To learn more about your beef checkoff, go to mybeefcheckoff.com.
Florida joined a multistate lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ adoption of a rule that expands federal pollution controls. The lawsuit, filed in a federal district court in Georgia, contends that the technical “Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States” supplants states’ constitutional rights Read the rest of this entry »
The Clean Water rule, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, is slated to become law on August 28th as it was published in the Federal Register this past Monday.
Talks over Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) are expected to heat up again when Congress returns after the 4th of July break.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes two USDA reports that show certain field crop acreage going in opposite directions: Cotton acreage is down 18 percent while peanut acreage is up the same percentage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is applauding the action taken today by Attorney General Sam Olens to join eight other state attorneys general in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency that unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.
The rule, known generally as the “Waters of the United States” rule, would extend the EPA and Corps of Engineers’ regulatory reach to an untold number of small bodies of water and could have dire consequences for Georgia farmers by Read the rest of this entry »
Team Beef, through the Georgia Beef Board, will be involved once again this year with the Peach Tree Road Race. Suzanne Bentley says the expo before the race will be held this Thursday and Friday where they hope to talk with a lot of consumers.
The Senate Ag Chair notes the Senate must take action in July on Country of Origin meat labeling.
From the American Soybean Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015)-Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers.
President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Friday indicated a nine percent inventory increase compared to June of last year.
There are a variety of activities that take place each year with the University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science in Tifton. Dr. John Bernard runs through some of the many things they are involved with and has news of interest for producers.
The Allied Committee for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) has really grown over the years. During the recent FCA convention, Chuck Crews, who is with Met Life Agricultural Investments and serves on that committee, talked about why there is more participation in the committee.
In advance of last Thursday’s Senate hearing on U.S. country of origin labeling, Mexican and Canadian officials sent separate letters to Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts and ranking member of the Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow.