We told you a couple of weeks ago that Josh White, who has served as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for the past 5 years, has taken a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. And because of that fact, a search committee was formed to fill the position..
To view the full job description, go to the GCA website or contact their office in Macon.
From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:
DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.
The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the Read the rest of this entry »
DENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 – In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »
From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.
The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.
“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:
Gainesville, Fla.—Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.
This year’s finalists are Trevor Bass (Alachua County), Doug and DeAnne Carter (Suwannee County) and Corey Lambert (Hardee County).
The Achievement in Agriculture award recognizes members of Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff is involved in new efforts to reach millennials? Randy Moody from New Market, Alabama knows that’s something he, as an individual producer, can’t do.
To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.
Cattle producers from across the nation are gathered in Denver, Colorado this week for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And international trade will be a key topic of discussion, especially for members of the beef industry’s Global Growth Committee, which is set to meet Thursday. Joe Schuele has the story.
From the University of Florida IFAS:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling by a vote of 9-2.
According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.
From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:
Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.
The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »
For more on the Cattle Industry Summer Conference click here.
Various meetings will take place again today with a fun event planned tonight for the Saturday evening meal. Then a special event will be held tomorrow morning for GCA Executive Vice President Josh White who will be leaving the association in a couple of weeks. To learn more go to www.gabeef.org.
White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:
On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.
The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »
There is really getting to be quite an increase in those interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. Cindy Zimmerman looks at how some in agriculture are looking at possible uses for them.
The 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference officially kicked off today in the North Georgia Mountains. Cattlemen and women from across the state got together this morning for the opening session at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.The guest speaker for the opening session was Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chair Kim Brackett, from Buhl, Idaho. I caught up with her to talk about some of the points she discussed this morning.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the trend of looking for healthier food choices has caused a shift in the dairy market.
Despite a few setbacks in some areas of the country, Gary Crawford reports that U.S. pasture and rangeland conditions continue to surpass recent years.