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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 Florida, 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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Comment Period for Part of the Margin Protection Program

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Dairy farmers have until late November to enroll in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program. But comments are also being accepted for a segment of the program which are related to changes in management of dairy operations. Rod Bain has more.


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Cattle Producers Reminded to Get BQA Certified for Free

Josh White

Josh White

Cattle producers are being reminded you still have time to take part in becoming BQA certified for free. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, encourages producers to take advantage of this opportunity being presented by Boehringer Inglehim.


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USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the Read the rest of this entry »

WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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Day Two of Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltToday is day two of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as much better weather is expected. And Tyron Spearman says there will be a lot to see while there.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of Year is from Georgia

Philip Grimes

Philip Grimes

While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.


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United States Wins WTO Trade Enforcement Dispute for American Farmers

From the White House:

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the United States has won a major victory at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry. A WTO dispute settlement panel has found in favor of the United States in a dispute challenging India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products – such as poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs – allegedly to Read the rest of this entry »

Statement on WTO Decision Ruling against India’s Ban on US Poultry Imports

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2014 – Today’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its ban on U.S. poultry imports is commended by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC).

India placed a ban on U.S. poultry in 2007 under the guise of preventing low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), but Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Beef Board at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway in Moultrie, Georgia, and Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board hopes producers will stop by their booth to learn more on how beef checkoff dollars are being used across the state.


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Florida Cattlewomen Talk Beef at Southern Women’s Show

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Cattlewomen, along with the American National Cattlewomen, talked with many women about the healthy benefits of beef at a major event this past weekend. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council was pleased with everyone’s participation in promoting beef in Florida.


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Alabama Cattlemen Pleased with Best Steak Contest

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

October Beef Month events continue across Alabama, including last week’s announcement of this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest winner. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about this year’s winner along with also giving an update on another event which took place last week.


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Beef, Pork and Dairy Production all Tight

The latest forecast for livestock production shows total meat production for both 2014 and 2015 have been raised from last month. But, that does not means every sector is up, as USDA economist Robert Johansson runs through the numbers.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Starts Today

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo officially starts today at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Tyron Spearman is there and has a look at what some of the events planned for the first day include.


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Signup for Dairy Margin Protection Program

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Signup for the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been underway since the first part of September, but the date it ends is just a little over six weeks away. And Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encourages dairy farmers who have yet to check into it to do so.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Babcock Ranch

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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 opportunities for Florida’s farmers and ranchers looking to grow their operations by leasing on the Babcock Ranch Preserve.


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To learn more information about opportunities at Babcock Ranch please contact the Florida Forest Service at (850) 681-5800.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices Consistent with Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While food prices have risen, Cindy Zimmerman reports that the rise has stayed consistent with inflation.


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2015 Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced today six honorees who will be inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame for 2015. These individuals have made outstanding contributions to Florida’s agriculture industry and mentored future leaders in this field.

“Each of these men left an indelible mark on the history of Florida agriculture,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Not only are Read the rest of this entry »

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