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Working Group Looking at Cattle Markets

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

This past Tuesday, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. One issue he discussed was the volatility in the cattle futures market. And NCBA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Colin Woodall, says we have been seeing some serious downward pressure on the market-place.


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University of Florida/IFAS Hosts Corn Silage and Forage Field Day

uf-corn-silage-field-day-20The 2016 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day is being held today at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Florida. Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill is there and talked with UF Chair of the Department Animal Sciences, Dr. Geoff Dahl, about the event which is put together each year by both the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences and University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.


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NPPC Says GIPSA Could Affect Producers

The House Ag Committee’s livestock subcommittee is holding a series of hearings this week on the livestock economy. One thing of particular concern to pork producers is the proposed USDA rules that relate to buying and selling of livestock.


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USMEF Holding Board Meeting

usmefThe U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors Meeting and Product Showcase kicked off yesterday in St. Louis, Missouri. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng talks about some of the issues being discussed.


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Panel Hears Support from Livestock Producers for TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership seems to be getting almost a unanimous vote of support from the U.S. livestock sector. Gary Crawford has a story about various folks testifying before a panel supporting TPP.


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2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting Coming in July

beef-usa-logoThe 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting will take place July 13–16 in Denver, Colorado. The event will feature meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen, Inc. and National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Cattle industry members will meet in both NCBA Policy committees and subcommittees, as well as Joint committees and subcommittees to discuss current developments, to work on initiatives developed at Convention and to make plans for the upcoming fiscal year that begins October 1st.

2016 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day is Thursday

uf-uga-corn-silage-field-daThe 2016 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day will be May 26th at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Florida. From the University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences and University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, it will cover various topics.


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Working Women’s Group Learns about Florida Beef Industry

fbcMay is Florida Beef Month, and various events are being held around the state to increase demand and provide information about the beef industry to consumers who want to know where their food comes from. In the weekly Florida Beef Council report, Jason Conrad, a rancher from Plant City, Florida, talks about an event he participated in last week.


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Georgia Beef Month Continues

Kaytlyn Malia

Kaytlyn Malia

May Beef Month continues in Georgia. Director of public relations for the Georgia Beef Board, Kaytlyn Malia, says there are various events promoting beef. The board also attended the Beef Month Proclamation at the State Capitol in Atlanta.


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Younger Producers Involved in Alabama Cattle Industry

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

A big goal for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) has been to get younger producers involved in the association. And according to ACA Director of Consumer Marketing, Erin Beasley, those efforts continue.


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GIPSA Reforms Included in Senate Ag Spending Bill

Pig farmLast week, the Senate Appropriations Committee did approve the 2017 spending bill for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. Part of that bill included reforms to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).


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Keeping Quality Ag Education Teachers is a Challenge

ffa-logo-821x1024It was recently announced that Mark Poeschl will soon take over as the new CEO of the National FFA Organization and Foundation. And Poeschl says one of the challenges in agricultural education that he sees is the need to attract and retain top-quality, high-school ag teachers.


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