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Deadline Approaching to Renew Expiring CSP Contracts

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds farmers, ranchers and forest landowners that you have until this coming Tuesday, March 31 to renew those expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts.


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Georgia Lawmakers Still Discussing Wild Hogs

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

We are down to the final few days in the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session, and according to Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar, the issue of wild hogs in the state is one discussion catching the attention of many lawmakers.


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Senate Passes Death Tax Amendment

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

NCBA hails the passage of South Dakota Senator John Thune’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution to create a deficit neutral reserve fund to eliminate the death tax. Following the vote, Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Gives an Avian Influenza Update

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Tom Vilsack

So where do things currently stand with the recent cases of Avian Influenza? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gives us an update concerning the recent bird flu situation.


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Cattle Parasite May Have Answers to Malaria

Reuters reports researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes the deadly disease East Coast Fever if they have previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite.


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BQA Training for Georgia Students

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Dr. Lee Jones explains why he feels it’s important for their vet students to become BQA certified.


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Discussing Big Data for Agriculture

Picture courtesy of AgWired

Picture courtesy of AgWired

A panel discussion was held during a breakfast last week by the National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Day in Washington D.C. According to a story from AgWired, topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, and research were discussed. One of the participants was Matt Erickson, chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, who talked about Big Data and agriculture.


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Many Factors Affecting Dairy Industry

Bob Bosold

Bob Bosold

During a recent tour held in south Florida, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with Wisconsin farm broadcaster Bob Bosold and they talked about the dairy industry and agriculture as a whole.


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Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention is Next Week

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

Cattle producers from across Georgia will be in Perry next week for the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. Will Bentley, GCA Executive Vice President, says it will be held once again this year in conjunction with the Beef Expo.


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NPPC On COOL Law: U.S. Must Avoid Retaliation

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – In congressional testimony today, the National Pork Producers Council said the United States must address its mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) last fall ruled that the U.S. meat labeling law violates U.S. international trade obligations by Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Senators Push for More Money for Land Buying

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 25, 2015………. Several senators want their chamber to float more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts.

But for now, those lawmakers will wait to see if the amount can be increased during upcoming budget talks with the House — talks that Read the rest of this entry »

New Option for Vaccinating against Pneumonia Caused by M. haemolytica

From Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.:

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., (Mar. 25, 2015) — Pneumonia has always been a concern for dairy producers and Mannheimia haemolytica (M. haemolytica, formerly called Pasteurella haemolytica) is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in cattle.1 Exposure to respiratory viruses, coupled with reduced immunity caused by overcrowding, new herd additions, transportation, ventilation insufficiencies and sudden weather changes are factors that increase the risk of this type of pneumonia. Because these opportunistic bacteria can become Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Needed for 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

We told you yesterday that the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was one of well over 70 groups represented at a public meeting to make comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts explains where things stand in this overall process.


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Florida Senate Adopts Parts of House Water Policy

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 24, 2015………. The House’s business-friendly approach to protecting Lake Okeechobee has been added to the Senate’s plan for new water policies for the state.

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to its Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Peanut Referendum; Water Survey Results

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on the Georgia Peanut Commission referendum and results from a University of Florida water issues survey. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Commissioner Putnam Welcomes RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Florida

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam welcomes the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo back to Florida this week. The rodeo finals open Wednesday at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla.

“Florida is proud to be the new home of the National Circuit Finals Rodeo, one of the most exciting rodeos of the season,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Events like this showcase the history and Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be Read the rest of this entry »

Culinary Students to Learn about Georgia Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Last week, Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board talked about how they had recently conducted a beef seminar for high school culinary teachers. Now this week, she says they will be stopping by a high school to talk beef with culinary students.


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Florida Junior Cattlemen Promoting Beef

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Junior Cattlemen’s Association State President, Anna Conrad, loves talking with others about the beef industry. And she’s had opportunities to work with the Florida Beef Council in doing just that at various events.


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Talking Beef with Alabama Dieticians

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says they recently were able to attend an event to talk beef with dieticians from across the state.


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NMPF Statement on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

From the National Milk Producers Federation
Delivered by Beth Briczinski, NMPF Vice President of Dairy Foods & Nutrition:

The Departments of Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, are holding a public meeting today in Bethesda, Maryland, to receive public oral comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The National Milk Producers Federation is one of Read the rest of this entry »

Nutrition Scientist, Registered Dietitian Urges Secretaries to Reconsider Flawed Recommendations

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) – The Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture hosted a meeting for public comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report released in February. The recommendations in the report, made by government-appointed nutrition scientists, fail to fully recognize the nutritional benefits of lean beef and conclude by Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Producer Confidence Reaches All-Time Low

From DTN:

OMAHA, Neb. (March 23, 2015) – Crop and livestock producers’ confidence about the direction of the agriculture economy has reached a historic low, according to the latest DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index (ACI).

Since the last ACI survey in December, producer confidence has shifted from an optimistic rating of 103.4 to a pessimistic level of Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Office in Santa Rosa County Moves

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Santa Rosa County, Fla., has moved. District Conservationist Trent Mathews hopes producers will stop by their new office during an open house event coming up April 14.


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Alabama Landowners Invited to Stop by Local NRCS Office

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama continues to work with landowners across the state in implementing programs through the 2014 Farm Bill. State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett invites producers to stop by their local NRCS office to see what is available.


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BIVI Product Approved for Extended BVD 1b Protection

bilogoBoehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) recently announced it received a new label claim for protection against respiratory disease caused by bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Type 1b for at least 217 days. BIVI Professional Services Veterinarian Dr. Doug Ensley says that with Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ producers can be assured their cattle are protected against BVD and other causes of respiratory disease.


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Cattle on Feed Down 1 Percent

cattleIn its March Cattle on Feed report, USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service is again noting lower on-feed, placement and marketing numbers.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 20, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Update on Florida Beef Checkoff Legislation

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Week three of the Florida Legislative session was a fairly busy week for lawmakers according to Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. One issue the association is closely watching is the Florida Beef Checkoff legislation, which he says did see some action in the Senate this week.


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