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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 24, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about some upcoming cotton meetings, a look at the varying sides of COOL, along with information about an auctioneering contest that was held here in the Southeast and the fact this is National Sausage Month.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 24th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Chambliss, Ag Committee Senators Request Immediate Withdrawal of New Clean Water Act Regulations for Agriculture

From the office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) yesterday joined fellow Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in writing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request immediate withdrawal of the agriculture Interpretive Rule to Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions Continue to Vary on COOL

Despite the fact the World Trade Organization once again ruled against the U.S. requirement of Country of Origin meat labeling, there are some agriculture and consumer groups who say the U.S. should not give up on COOL.


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Comments Needed to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

If you have yet to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority, you are urged to do so before the November 14th deadline.


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2014 National FFA Convention is Next Week

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »

October is National Sausage Month

nhdsc-logoNational Sausage Month has been taking place all this month, and Cindy Zimmerman has information about this tasty event.


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For more information go to www.hot-dog.org.

Florida Hosts Regional Auctioneer Contest

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The 2015 Livestock Marketing Association’s Eastern Regional for the World Livestock Auctioneering Championship took place this week in Arcadia. 25 contestants vied for a top 10 spot to attend the world event next summer. Jim Handley with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association says it was a fantastic event for the state of Florida.


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A Much Improved Range and Pasture Situation

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

While the drought continues to plaque pastures and rangelands in the southwestern parts of our country, that’s not the case elsewhere. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says their latest report on the condition of range and pastures in the U.S. shows some near record conditions in a few areas.


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Animal Feed Not Likely Source of PEDv

The World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.


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Commissioner McMillan Declares Friday, October 24th Food Day in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.

This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »

Two New Limpograss Cultivars Released for Select Florida Cattlemen

Limpograss cultivars 4F and 10 experimentThe University of Florida, in partnership with Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., has released two new limpograss cultivars so ranchers can increase the forage variety they feed their cattle.


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NCBA Wants COOL Repealed

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

This past Monday the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling statute violates U.S. international trade obligations by discriminating against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this brings us one step closer to retaliation by Canada and Mexico.


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USDA Designates 2 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Miller and Seminole counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

EQIP Signup Deadline is November 21 in Florida

usda-logoNovember 21 is the final date Florida farmers and ranchers will be able to signup for 2015 dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And one rancher and citrus grower knows how important many of these programs can be to operations across the state.


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To learn more go to the Florida NRCS website.

U.S. Beef and Pork on Display at One of World’s Largest Food Shows

usmefU.S. Beef and Pork is on display at one of world’s largest food shows, as Joe Schuele has the story.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: USDA Relief Program; Beef Checkoff

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on a new farm bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather as well as information on preserving the Beef Checkoff. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture to Proclaim Beef Day

aca-50-years-of-flavor“50 Years of Flavor” is the theme for October Beef Month in Alabama, and to promote beef in the state along with also honoring first responders for their courageous efforts on the job, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will proclaim “Beef Day” this Thursday at an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market in Montgomery.


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Florida Holds Beef 101 Course

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council held a Beef 101 course today, an event Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Georgia Expanding Team Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Team beef was a success for the Georgia Beef Board at the Peach Tree Road Race this summer, and thus Suzanne Bentley says they have decided to expand that promotional program.


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Alabama Cattlemen Present Best Steak Contest Award

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Monday evening, representatives from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association made the official presentation of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest award to the Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan. Receiving the award was Ted Toole, who told me their family was very pleased to win this.


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Import Problems

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.


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Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Fla., Panther Corridor

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014–Dwayne House has lived everything he dreamed of. A successful businessman, an international investor in power generation, construction, oil exploration, agriculture; it would be hard to name a place in the world he hasn’t been. But he will be the first to tell you that wealth isn’t measured in money. It is having that ability to control your own time. And what he wants to do with his is to be a rancher. “I am very independent; and independence and ranching go together,” he said.

It was a challenge. Dwayne was one of 10 children growing up in Middleton, Md. “We were poor and didn’t know it,” he said. But when he was 8 Dwayne knew he was going to be in international business and travel the world. He worked his way through college studying economics and Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Urges White House, Congress To Fix COOL Law

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20, 2014 – Following the release today of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, the National Pork Producers Council urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

As expected, the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) statute violates U.S. international Read the rest of this entry »

Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two of our largest trading partners. Our producers have already suffered discounts and faced the closure of a number of Read the rest of this entry »

Increased Meat Production, Decreased Milk Production

USDA has raised their forecast for total meat production for both 2014 and 2015. Acting World Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer first looks at their numbers for beef which is up both years.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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Consumers Going On-line to Learn about Beef

cbb-my-beef-canDid you know that since April 2014, the new beef checkoff digital advertising campaign has motivated over 1,700,000 consumers to visit the checkoff’s “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” website.


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