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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 17, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we provided more information concerning avian influenza, looked at a big week in Washington D.C. on issues affecting agriculture, and discussed how farmer to consumer operations are still growing.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending April 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Budget Issues Could Extend Florida Legislative Session

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

After this week, there will only be two weeks left in the Florida legislative session, but talk is the regular 60-day session may not be completely done on May 1st as scheduled. Sam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, explains why.


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Livestock Groups Support TPA Legislation

Trade Promotion Authority legislation was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, after taking testimony from Cabinet level officials like Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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2015 Meat and Poultry Production Forecast is Raised

The April meat production forecast has been increased by USDA.


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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Introduction of Legislation to Support Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

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Tom Vilsack

“U.S. agriculture applauds the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation today. We look for quick action by Congress to provide the President with the authority to pursue agreements that open markets for America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusiness. Over 70 organizations representing America’s farmers and ranchers support trade promotion authority because trade is vital for U.S. agriculture. Last year, agricultural exports totaled more than $150 billion and for many of our products, foreign markets represent half or more of total sales. Those exports Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Welcomes Legislation To Renew TPA

From the National Pork Producers Council:

nppc-logoWASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – Calling it imperative for finalizing free trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create U.S. jobs, the National Pork Producers Council welcomed today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation granting the president trade promotion authority (TPA) and urged its quick approval by Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

Accepting ACEP Applications in Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant State Conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, wants landowners to know they are accepting applications now through May 15 for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program.


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Chairman Conaway Supports Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Death Tax

By a vote of 240 to 179, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, authored by fellow Texan Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). Read the rest of this entry »

New Technology for Alabama-Georgia Cattle Market Prices

David Garcia

David Garcia

Technology continues to update the way many things are done today, and that includes how the daily cattle market numbers are put together in Alabama and Georgia. David Garcia, OIC for the Market News Service explains.


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UF Veterinary College Launches Groundbreaking Scholarship Initiative

In an effort to reverse the troubling trend of steadily increasing veterinary medical student debt, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has launched an ambitious scholarship initiative with the goal of rapidly increasing annual scholarship awards.


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The Marketplace is Triggering Changes in Animal Agriculture

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Marketplace pressure is bringing about changes in how livestock producers raise and care for their animals. Gary Crawford has more on that story with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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Georgia Grown Poultry Seminar April 30

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-poultryGeorgia producers are invited to attend the Georgia Grown Poultry Seminar April 30th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and The Georgia Grown Agriculture Commission are hosting the seminar for small scale poultry producers. Topics will include flock management and testing, biosecurity, food safety guidelines, and natural poultry Read the rest of this entry »

House Committee Calls for Repeal of WOTUS

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for sending a clear message to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is an expansion of federal jurisdiction that strips rights from private property owners.

Passing the full Committee today by a vote of 36 to 22, H.R. 1732 Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 requires the EPA Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Representatives Discuss Avian Influenza Response and Research

usda-logoSince mid-December there have been several ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 incidents along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways with cases confirmed now in 16 states. USDA scientists and veterinarians participated in an avian influenza symposium at the University of Georgia this week, to share knowledge and discuss this disease with representatives from across the country and internationally. During a teleconference held today Read the rest of this entry »

BQA is a Good Management Practice

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Will Cabe from Red Hill, Georgia says it is worth the time to go through the BQA certification program.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Commissioner Putnam Invites Florida Agricultural Land Owners to Apply for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is urging Florida’s agricultural land owners to participate in the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program by applying between now and May 30. The goal of the program is to ensure lands will be preserved for agricultural use while providing for the protection of Read the rest of this entry »

Working on Tax Reform

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax reform is a major issue for many in agriculture, and that includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, says that is something they have been working on a lot on this year.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza News; Deadlines Tomorrow

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on bird flu outbreaks and two important deadlines occurring tomorrow. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, April 21

fl-ag-day-2015From Florida Agriculture in the Classroom:

GAINESVILLE – The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.
The book, the title of which is ‘Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry,’ features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries. Read the rest of this entry »

TPA Could Be Introduced in Senate This Week

There’s been a lot of talk about Trade Promotion Authority and now, National Pork Producers Spokesman Dave Warner says we could see it introduced in the Senate this week.


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Florida Beef Council Reminder: Free BQA Certification Ending

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Tomorrow, April 15, is the final day cattle producers will be able to take advantage of the free online certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council hopes ranchers who have yet to go through the program will take advantage of this great offer.


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To get BQA certified online for free, go to BQA.org.

Alabama Conducting Beef 101 Events

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

During April, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will conduct a total of four Beef 101 events. Erin Beasley says they are all taking place at Auburn University.


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Georgia Beef Board to Take Part in Peach Tree Road Race

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Last year, the Georgia Beef Board took part in the annual Peach Tree Road Race. According to Suzanne Bentley, they will be doing it again this year.


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Bird Flu Confirmed in First Commercial Chicken Flock

broilier-chickensUp to this week, the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry flocks were limited to turkeys, but as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Gary Crawford reports, that’s no longer the case.


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Conserve Florida: This Earth Day, We Salute the Soil

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

usda-logoEighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought conditions. During that massive storm, people were forced to crawl on hands and Read the rest of this entry »

Deadline Nearing to Apply for NCBA Public Policy Intern

This Wednesday, April 15 is the final day to apply for the fall 2015 public policy internship for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council. The full-time internship, which begins September 15 and ends December 18, is designed to work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit BeefUSA.org.

Strategic Plan Important for Alabama Agriculture

Gary Lemme

Gary Lemme

The Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan, which Members of a Steering Committee developed, calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government in the state. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why this plan is important to the state’s ag industry.


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Free BQA Certification Ends Wednesday

bqa-logoThe Beef Checkoff program and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. wants to remind cattle producers the free certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program ends this coming Wednesday, April 15.


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To become BQA certified, visit BQA.org.

U.S. Expands Meat Trade

usda-logoTwo new agreements announced late last week will allow U.S. beef back into Mexico and U.S. pork into Peru. Rod Bain has the first part of our story.


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USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos explains the Read the rest of this entry »

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