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Ag in Review Ending the Week of August 8, 2014

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.

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New Poultry Inspection Rules

How will the new poultry inspection rules affect consumers? Cindy Zimmerman’s report answers that question.

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New Beef-Chicken Burger

Cindy Zimmerman has a story today about a new burger, which some hopes will please both beef ands chicken lovers.

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USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:

USDAWASHINGTON, 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 »

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

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 »

Court Upholds Previous Ruling on COOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision to deny an appeal to stop the enforcement of Country-of-Origin-Labeling by a vote of 9-2.

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Three Southeast Farmers Included in “Champions of Change” for Agriculture Honor

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 »

Meat Trade is Strong

According to the latest USDA forecast, total meat production for 2014 has been increased.

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Urging New Comment Period for Poultry Inspection Rule Change

A coalition of consumer groups have asked USDA and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of its rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

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Cargill Turkey Suppliers to End Use of Growth-Promoting Antibiotics

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 »

Chicken Consumption Up 17 Percent in the US

From the National Chicken Council:

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 »


Green rows on the field AgriculturalEverett Griner talks about farmers properly protecting their assets in today’s Agri View.

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USDA Takes Next Step to Modernize Poultry Inspection

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.

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Learning More about the Hotdog

hotdogThere have always been questions as to just how the hotdog got it’s start, but Cindy Zimmerman has information today which hopefully answers some of those.

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That’s COOL

COOL meat counterEverett Griner talks about Country of Origin now being law in today’s Agri View.

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Florida Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

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 »

UF/P.I.E. Center Steps Up Its Efforts for Agriculture

UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg


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.

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FDACS Ag Law Enforcement At FL FFA Mtg

Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division



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.

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Ag Exports are Up

The latest numbers show U.S. agricultural exports are up, as Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Yoho’s Bill Passes House of Representatives

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

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 »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Waters of the U.S. and COOL Updates

AgNet This Week

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.

Progress on Antibiotic Resistance

According to one man with the Food and Drug Administration, antibiotic resistance is a complex, challenging phenomenon driven by many factors.

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A More Efficient Test for Avian Influenza in Poultry Flocks

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

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.

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New Technology

unmanned droneEverett Griner talks about the time to start learning about drones in today’s Agri View.

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Costs for July 4th Picnics Increase This Year

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.

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Hard Charges

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about G.M.O. foods still raising questions in today’s Agri View.

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Legislation Introduced Regarding Salmonella Recalls

Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Louise Slaughter of New York introduced legislation this week called the Pathogens Reduction and Testing Reform Act.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA June 27

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!

Animal Care

farm animalsEverett Griner talks about who is watching animal cruelty in today’s Agri View.

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US Chicken Producers: Trade Agreements Should Provide Both Access and Enforcement

From the National Chicken Council:

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 »

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