This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports about the 6-month mark of the new Farm Bill, about the new Cotton Transition Assistance Program which starts Monday, how the peanut crop looks right now in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about a new burger made from both beef and chicken.
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.
The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.
“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »
White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:
On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.
The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »
Cargill has announced independent farms that supply it with turkey will stop using growth-promoting antibiotics. Some by this coming Thanksgiving and the rest by the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Greensboro, Ga. – July 21, 2014 – More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.
Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its proposed rule to modernize the U.S. poultry inspection system to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.
“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of Read the rest of this entry »
Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.
As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.
Washington, DC – Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) teamed up with Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), to pass the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (VMMA) – H. R. 1528, out of the House today. This bill makes modification to the Controlled Substances Act and Drug Enforcement Administration policy that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes the latest news on the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and Counry of Origin Labeling. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Efforts have been taking place at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Georgia to see if improvements can be made in the new testing methods for Avian Influenza in poultry products. Rod Bain has the story.
If you are having a cookout this holiday weekend, be prepared to pay more for it. We’ll take a look at what the total cost is expected to be, but first Gary Crawford has details about how the meat for your grill is one big reason why it will be higher.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
– 4th of July, World Cup and Summer Party Food Safety Tips
– USDA launches a website to help new and beginning farmers
– Providing children nutritious meals during the summer Check out the video!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 25, 2014 – With the Obama administration actively negotiating new free trade agreements with Asia and Europe, National Chicken Council adviser Kevin Brosch testified before the Senate Committee on Finance today about the effectiveness of the enforcement of any new agreements and the trade agreements the United States already has on the books.
“We are generally supportive of all major initiatives to promote free trade, but we must make sure both our existing agreements and new agreements provide not only Read the rest of this entry »