Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Avian Influenza vaccines were discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee public hearing this week, diesel prices are at their lowest levels since 2009 which is good news for farmers, but hot, dry weather is really being felt by some dry land crops.
Dr. John Clifford, with USDA APHIS, was one of those who spoke to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Thursday during a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida wants to remind farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until this coming Monday, August 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
When you think about University of Florida/IFAS researchers, you think of hard working people looking to find better answers for agriculture and consumers. But unfortunately, these efforts have caused two of these researchers to be targets of broad public records requests from anti-GMO activists seeking any communications they’ve had with a number of companies.
Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.
Identified as one of the worst animal disease outbreaks the U.S. has ever experienced, the disease infected more than Read the rest of this entry »
Transportation reauthorization is working its way through Congress and Kent Bacus, director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says truck weights continues to be a big issue for them.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), a veterinarian for 30 years, has introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – HR 3268. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring. Soring is the act of causing pain to a horse via chemicals or action devices in order to change the animal’s natural gait. Congressman Yoho released the following statement on the PAST Act: Read the rest of this entry »
Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, explains how one proposal through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is already underway.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service invites those interested to take part in the Veteran and Small Farmer Workshop this Friday, July 31st in Milton, Florida. NRCS District Conservation in Santa Rosa County, Trent Mathews explains.
There are a lot of concerns about Avian Influenza possibly returning this fall. And while good bio-security is always a good way to protect the health of backyard poultry, it is even more important right now.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes news on expanded crop insurance options and reports from the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has worked various times with high school culinary teachers and students in the state providing information about beef. But she says they now have something new to help in these efforts.
A Florida rancher will be talking about the beef industry this week at a national culinary event being held in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says this is a great opportunity to get the beef message out to a large group of people.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its semiannual cattle inventory, and it shows the number of cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1 is at 98.4 million head, 2 percent above the 96.3 million on July 1 of last year.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA made an announcement concerning the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options, El Nino has steadily strengthened steadily and could end up being the strongest event in 50 years, we learn how satellites are being used to better monitor soil moisture and more.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation just completed the fifth edition of its Latin American Product Showcase held in San Jose, Costa Rica. And according to a story from Joe Schuele, U.S. exporters there had an opportunity to meet with beef, pork and lamb buyers from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.