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Georgia Man Installed as NCC Chairman

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – Jerry Lane, president of Claxton Poultry in Claxton, Georgia, was installed as 2014-2015 chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC) during NCC’s 60th Annual Conference held today in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a great honor to take the gavel from Mike Helgeson and serve as the incoming chair for the National Chicken Council,” Lane said. “As an industry, and as an organization, we can be Read the rest of this entry »

NCBA Files Comments on Proposed WOTUS Rule

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (and the Public Lands Council) filed comments this week calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “waters of the United States” rule. The proposed rule vastly expands the agencies’ jurisdiction and attempts to regulate all land uses. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, says there are so many issues with this rule, that they are asking the agencies to withdraw it and start over.


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USDA Planning to Move Ahead with Second Beef Checkoff

Reports indicate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will move ahead with its plans to create a second beef checkoff in the absence of consensus from the industry as to how to overhaul the existing program.


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Meat Prices Up

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about beef, pork and chicken prices still rising in today’s Agri View.


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NMPF Board Votes on Requirement

The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted this week to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program.


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USDA Designates Early County in Georgia as a Primary Natural Disaster Area With Assistance to Producers in Alabama

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Early County in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Seminar; Hunters Helping Farmers

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The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on a crop management seminar for cotton producers and a new program to prevent crop damage from feral hogs. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Free BQA Certification Ends Friday

Here is a reminder for cattle producers that this coming Friday, October 31st, is the last day you can advantage of becoming BQA certified for free.


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To get BQA certified for free, go to www.BIVI-BQA.com.

Overall Meat Production Forecast Up Slightly

Meat prices are strong and the supplies are expected to slowly increase. Susan Carter has more.


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Alabama Cattlemen Concerned with Possible Checkoff Changes

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Forty-five state cattlemen’s associations recently sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Executive Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Dr. Billy Powell, says they are one of the association’s who signed that letter.


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Florida Beef Council Keeping Up with Industry Issues

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The beef checkoff is involved in many aspects, including issues management. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says through the checkoff, they work to stay on top of issues affecting the industry.


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Georgia Beef Board Reminds Consumers about Helpful Website

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the beef checkoff, the website “beefitswhatsfordinner.com” provides a variety of information about beef for consumers. And Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says it’s a site they invite those how have questions about beef to check out.


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Florida Cattlemen Concerned with Possible Checkoff Changes

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

We told recently that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Executive Vice President of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Jim Handley, says they are one of the association’s who signed that letter.


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Georgia Cattlemen Pleased with Regional Meetings

Will Bentley

Will Bentley

The Georgia cattlemen’s Association recently conducted Region Roundup meetings at various points across the state to talk with members about the association. Will Bentley, Director of GCA’s Association Services, says the meetings went very well.


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Ag Senators Asking for Withdrawal of WOTUS

Senate Ag Committee members requested withdrawal of part of the Environmental Protection Agencies Waters of the U.S. proposal.


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Cattle Feedlot Inventories Continue Down

USDA’s October Cattle on Feed report shows the continued downward trend in feedlot inventories. The number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. totaled Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 24, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about some upcoming cotton meetings, a look at the varying sides of COOL, along with information about an auctioneering contest that was held here in the Southeast and the fact this is National Sausage Month.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 24th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Chambliss, Ag Committee Senators Request Immediate Withdrawal of New Clean Water Act Regulations for Agriculture

From the office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) yesterday joined fellow Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in writing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request immediate withdrawal of the agriculture Interpretive Rule to Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions Continue to Vary on COOL

Despite the fact the World Trade Organization once again ruled against the U.S. requirement of Country of Origin meat labeling, there are some agriculture and consumer groups who say the U.S. should not give up on COOL.


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Comments Needed to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

If you have yet to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority, you are urged to do so before the November 14th deadline.


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2014 National FFA Convention is Next Week

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »

October is National Sausage Month

nhdsc-logoNational Sausage Month has been taking place all this month, and Cindy Zimmerman has information about this tasty event.


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For more information go to www.hot-dog.org.

Florida Hosts Regional Auctioneer Contest

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The 2015 Livestock Marketing Association’s Eastern Regional for the World Livestock Auctioneering Championship took place this week in Arcadia. 25 contestants vied for a top 10 spot to attend the world event next summer. Jim Handley with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association says it was a fantastic event for the state of Florida.


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A Much Improved Range and Pasture Situation

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

While the drought continues to plaque pastures and rangelands in the southwestern parts of our country, that’s not the case elsewhere. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says their latest report on the condition of range and pastures in the U.S. shows some near record conditions in a few areas.


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Animal Feed Not Likely Source of PEDv

The World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.


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Commissioner McMillan Declares Friday, October 24th Food Day in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.

This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »

Two New Limpograss Cultivars Released for Select Florida Cattlemen

Limpograss cultivars 4F and 10 experimentThe University of Florida, in partnership with Florida Foundation Seed Producers Inc., has released two new limpograss cultivars so ranchers can increase the forage variety they feed their cattle.


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NCBA Wants COOL Repealed

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

This past Monday the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling statute violates U.S. international trade obligations by discriminating against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this brings us one step closer to retaliation by Canada and Mexico.


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USDA Designates 2 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Miller and Seminole counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

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