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Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program Now Accepting Applications from Private Landowners in Florida

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL –The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.

“Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can Read the rest of this entry »

Cattle Supplies Continue to Shrink

cattleAccording to the latest report from USDA, cattle on feed numbers continue to shrink.


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Farm Groups Respond to Executive Order on Antibiotic Resistance

President Obama signed an executive order last week calling for a five year plan to track highly resistant bacterial infections. The executive order came as a response to bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatment, a problem that’s been noted to kill 23,000 people each year.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 19, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants, USDA making new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers, a reminder to cattle producers that they can now get BQA certified for free right now and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending September 19th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Cattle Producers Reminded to Get BQA Certified for Free

Josh White

Josh White

Cattle producers are being reminded that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is once again supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll before October 31. Josh White, Executive Director of Producer Education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this is a great way for producers to get certified.


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Senator Unhappy with EPA over Methane Emissions

Cow flatulence is back in the news and one U.S. lawmaker is unhappy that EPA says it will not back off its plans to try to control such methane emissions on farms.


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House Passes Jobs Bill

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON – The House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy.

“The Jobs bill passed by the House contains a number of priorities for our producer members including some key Read the rest of this entry »

Hoping Congress Works on Extending Tax Exemptions

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

Between taking time off for elections and of course the holiday periods, Congress will only be in Washington for just a few more weeks between now and the end of the year. But there are many issues of importance to agriculture that need to be taken care of and Bob McCan, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says one of those is meaningful tax reform.


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Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work

From the Cattlemen’s Beef Board:

cbb-my-beef-canThe Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week’s recommendation of Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Responds to Article on Antibiotic Use in Chicken Industry

The National Chicken Council used an article by Reuters this week as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016.


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PEDv Cases dropping But Concerns Persist

The number of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus cases is dropping according to reports from American and Canada growers.


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FCA Quality Replacement Heifer Sale is Friday

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The 20th Annual Florida Cattlemen’s Association Quality Replacement Heifer Sale will take place this Friday, September 19 at the Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia. FCA’s Jim Handley says the sale starts at 1:00p.m.


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More information is available on the Florida Cattlemen’s Association website.

Alabama Beef Producer Pleased with Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff has programs that range from working with youth all the up to those who work with beef everyday? Jimmy Holliman from Dallas County, Alabama has seen it do just that and is pleased with what the checkoff does.


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

Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Have Improved

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

As we near the end of the growing season, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey notes that pasture and rangeland conditions across the country continue to improve in general.


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National Grazing Lands Coalition to Receive Conservation Grant

nat-glc-logoUSDA announced this week that they will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations. And Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says one of those funds is the National Grazing Lands Coalition.


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USCA Supports USDA Review of Beef Checkoff

The United States Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging USDA to review and rewrite the Beef Checkoff. USCA joins the National Farmers Union in calling on intervention by USDA.


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Florida DEP Surpasses Goal to Sell $40 Million in Land Sales to Benefit Conservation

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Urged to Flood the EPA with Comments

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.


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To make comments go to the ACA website at bamabeef.org.

Cattlewomen Holding Beef Tour in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

A few moms will get a chance to learn more about the beef industry in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says an event will take place, thanks to the beef checkoff and the American National Cattlewomen, to promote the industry in Florida.


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Georgia Beef on the Radio

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

This weekend, the beef message will go out to many consumers in the Atlanta area through a radio show. And best of all, Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they won’t need checkoff dollars to do this.


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Farm Bill Help for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA programs connected to the Farm Bill are designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with some of their greatest needs. With more on that, here’s Rod Bain.


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USDA Announces Conservation Projects Through NRCS

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.

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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.

“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »

Record Crops Lead to Lower Prices

corn-fieldThe forecasts are for record corn and soybean crops this year, but as Cindy Zimmerman reports, that is also leading to lower prices.


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Dairy Farmers Reminded to Look at New Risk Management Program

A little over two weeks ago USDA announced the start of the new risk management program for dairy farmers. The Dairy Margin Protection Program will allow dairy farmers to take steps to protect their business from economic risks beyond their control.


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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding One More Regional Event

aac-logoThe Alabama Agribusiness Council invites anyone interested to join them for the last of the 3 regional events in Selma this coming Thursday.


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To learn more go to www.alagribusiness.org.

Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference and Allied Trade Show

brahmaherdThe University of Florida/IFAS invites cattle ranchers to attend the Florida Fall Cattlemen’s Conference and Allied Trade Show November 20 in Ocala.


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To register and learn more click here.

Added Flavor

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about how why our meat taste different in our meat in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 12, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.

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