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USMEF Economist Reports from Brazil

usmefThe U.S. Meat Export Federation has staff in Brazil this week conducting research on the current state of Brazilian beef and pork production and the export outlook for both products. Joe Schuele has the details.


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No TPP Deal with Japan

After bilateral meetings last week between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan’s chief Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) minister Akira Amari, the two countries were unable to reach an agreement on market access for what Japan calls its five “sensitive” agricultural sectors.


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USDA Threatens Domestic Food Supply with Proposed Rule

From the office of Congressman Ted S. Yoho:

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

Washington, DC¬– Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), along with others, sent a letter recently to Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea. The letter is asking the agency to halt the implementation of the their proposed rule from December 2013 – allowing for the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil – until an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office of the methodology of the site visits takes place. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Risk Management; Livestock Disaster Program Deadline

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on new USDA risk management programs and a reminder about an important deadline. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama Celebrating 50th October Beef Month

aca-50-years-of-flavorOctober marks the 50th anniversary of one of the longest running beef promotion programs in the country, October Beef Month in Alabama. And the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley says they are celebrating with 50 years of flavor.


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Georgia Beef Ready for the Fair

gbbThe Georgia Beef Board is ready for the annual Georgia National Fair, and Suzanne Bentley talks about the various ways they will be involved with this year’s event.


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Florida Culinary Teachers Learn More about Beef

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council has worked with culinary students in the past, but Ashley Hughes says they had a chance recently to work with a group of teachers.


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New Look and Feel for MyBeefCheckoff.com

From the Beef Checkoff:

cbb-my-beef-canThe beef checkoff launched a totally redesigned MyBeefCheckoff.com on Sept. 28, providing checkoff payers, leaders, staff and media with an easy-to-navigate selection of checkoff resources and information to highlight checkoff programs and results. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Release of Farmland Movie Coming

farmland-movie-picWe told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.


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WOTUS Debate Continues

When it comes to EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule, emotions continue to run high. The White House is reviewing the proposal which is intended to vastly expand the agency’s control of U.S. waters on and off farms and ranches.


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A Bearish USDA Hogs and Pigs Report

pigsHog producers may be expanding production more than some had expected. With more on that story here’s Gary Crawford.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 26, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA announcing new programs designed to help farmers better manage risk, a reminder for cotton producers that the sign up period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program will soon end, and a reminder for eligible livestock producers that September 30th deadline to sign up for the livestock disaster program and receive full payment.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending September 26th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Farmland Movie Helps Explain Agriculture

farmland-movie-picThe movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture to those who have no idea what all it involves. Cindy Zimmerman has more on what some of the elements have been in this project.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Submit Comments on WOTUS

Richard Gebhart

Richard Gebhart

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association set a goal of having 10,000 comments submitted to the EPA to push back against their “Waters of the United States” proposal. NCBA Treasurer and Oklahoma Cattleman, Richard Gebhart urges producers to get those comments submitted.


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To submit comments go to the NCBA website at beefusa.org.

Congress Requests GAO Audit for Brazil and Argentina Proposals

In two separate letters sent by Congress, an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office has been requested in response to the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina, as well as live cattle from Argentina.


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NACD Meets with EPA to Discuss Concerns on Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

From the National Association of Conservation Districts:

WASHINGTON, DC—September 25, 2015—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) leadership met with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Unfortunately representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be at the table to represent conservation districts on this important issue,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Our goal in this meeting was to Read the rest of this entry »

Livestock Forage Disaster Program Deadline Approaching

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Next Tuesday, September 30 is an important date for eligible livestock producers, as that’s the deadline to sign up for a USDA Farm Bill livestock disaster program and receive full payment. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains.


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National Pork Producers Council Statement on the Transpacific Partnership Negotiations

The National Pork Producers Council thanks U.S. trade officials for diligently working to achieve an outcome in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would benefit all sectors of our nation’s economy, including agriculture. At the same time, we must also express our deep disappointment in Japan’s continuing rejection of the fundamental terms of a successful TPP agreement, as agreed upon by leaders of all participating TPP nations prior to Japan’s entry into the negotiations last year.

Japan continues to demand exemptions from tariff elimination for an unprecedented number of agricultural products. Its negotiators have declared that Read the rest of this entry »

FCA Ranch Rodeo and Osceola Heritage Festival This Weekend

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that the annual FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival is taking place this Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. FCA’s Jim Handley says the annual event will take place at the Silver Spurs Arena and Grounds in Kissimmee.


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For more information, go to floridacattlemen.org.

The Squeeze Continues for Beef Packers

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The nation’s beef packers are the ones feeling the financial squeeze as cattle supplies tighten and prices soar. With more on that story, here’s Gary Crawford.


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Pork and Poultry Inventories Increase Likely Due to Bans

The USDA cold storage report released earlier these week showed an increase of U.S. pork and poultry warehouse inventories in August, which may in part be due to Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products.


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EQIP Helping Florida Farmers and Ranchers

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind farmers and ranchers that November 21 is the deadline to apply for 2015 financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And one producer knows the benefits EQIP can provide.


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Alabama NRCS Announces Signup Batching Date

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has more information concerning the October 17 signup batching date for 2015 funding.


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Beef Producers Work Together to Utilize Checkoff Dollars

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know beef producers across the country work together to utilize checkoff dollars? In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Executive Vice President of the Florida Beef Council and Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Jim Handley, knows cattle producers continue to benefit from the work of these hard working folks.


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

FFA Sees Big Membership Increase

ffa-logoThe National FFA Organization has announced their membership has seen a big increase from last year.


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Milk Prices to Producers Could Take a Tumble Next Year

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The picture for U.S. dairy operators could look a little different in 2015, as Gary Crawford has the story.


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Breaking Down the 2015 Beef Checkoff Budget

In action last week, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Operating Committee approved the investment of about $39 million in programs through their fiscal year 2015 budget which begins October 1.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Citrus Support; Free BQA Certification

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on financial assistance for Florida citrus growers and how to get free BQA certification. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Council Promotes Research Website

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says there is a website with lots of great beef information that if you haven’t been on lately, then she urges you to do so.


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That website again is beefresearch.org.

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