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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 »

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. Cases have been confirmed in 16 states. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and veterinarians participated in an avian influenza symposium at the University of Georgia 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 »

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.

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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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talked about avian influenza, trade issues, possible wet weather conditions, bacon, eggs and potatoes.

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Americans Are Consuming More Eggs and Bacon

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While we may be eating less breakfast these days, Cathy Isom tells us there are a couple of breakfast items we’re eating more of.


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Livestock Export and Price Update

usda-logoUSDA released their April World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report this past week, but there weren’t many changes compared to the March report. When it comes to the livestock sector of the report, USDA Acting Chief Economist Robert Johansson looks at exports and prices in the pork and beef sectors and gives an updated outlook for broilers and turkeys.


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Georgia State Vet Concerned with H5N2 Avian Influenza

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

Just this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed a ninth case of H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota. While this disease has not been found in Georgia, it is still a concern for Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb, who says the disease comes in two ways.


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More information about avian influenza is available on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website.

H5N2 Spreading

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the 9th outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

Antibiotic Use

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Everett Griner talks about producers overusing antibiotics in today’s Agri View.


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Company Phasing Out Suppliers Using Gestation Crates and Cages

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced its commitment to use gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in its foods by the year 2022.


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Another H5N2 Avian Influenza Case Confirmed

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed an eighth case of H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock of 30,000 turkeys in Minnesota on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Annual Georgia Grown Symposium

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-logoThe Georgia Grown Agriculture Commodity Commission and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are proud to announce the 3rd annual Georgia Grown Symposium. This year’s symposium will be held on April 30th at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. The focus of this year’s symposium will be “Growing Innovation and Profits.” Read the rest of this entry »

AFIA Concerned With Aspect of FDA Draft Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a draft guidance to help animal producers ensure the safety of animal feed that is used on-farm.


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Vilsack Gives an Avian Influenza Update

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Tom Vilsack

So where do things currently stand with the recent cases of avian influenza? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gives an update concerning the recent bird flu situation.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.

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Bio-security to Protect the Poultry Flocks

broilier-chickensThe latest cases of Avian Influenza reported in the U.S. serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms. Rod Bain reports.


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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

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Tom Vilsack

“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

USDAToday is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.


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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

ag-day-web-banner-2015This Wednesday, March 18 will be National Agriculture Day, spotlighting American agriculture and serving as a reminder that agriculture is part of us all.


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For more information go to www.agday.org.

Poultry Bans by Foreign Buyers Just One More Price Depressor

broilier-chickensAre the various bans and restrictions that some countries are putting on poultry from certain U.S. states and regions actually bringing poultry prices down? Gary Crawford has a story to help answer that question.


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Safety First When Preparing Chicken Wings

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Cathy Isom gives us some important safety tips the USDA wants you to know when preparing a popular party snack.


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Report on Strategy Regarding Antimicrobial Use in Food-Producing Animals

In December 2013, the Food and Drug Administration took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing a guidance that calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove indications for use related to growth promotion from their product labels.


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USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

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Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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USDA Collecting Data on Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Researchers are trying to find out the real facts about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Gary Crawford has the story.


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NCC Statement on McDonald’s USA New Antibiotic Policy

From The National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – McDonald’s USA today announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.

The National Chicken Council released the following statement, attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: Read the rest of this entry »

Tyson Foods Donates Truckload of Chicken to Food Bank

From the Animal Agriculture Alliance:

ATHENS, Ga. – March 2, 2015 – Today, Tyson Foods, Inc., in conjunction with the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition (CAO) and the University of Georgia Dairy Science Club, donated a load of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, located in Athens, Georgia.

The 30,400 pound load of chicken, which will provide more than 120,000 servings of protein, arrived at the food bank today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Tyson Foods, the Alliance and the University of Georgia Dairy Club were present to help deliver the chicken. Read the rest of this entry »

Meat Market

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Today, Cathy Isom looks into how much we can expect to pay for our beef, pork and poultry this year.


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USMEF Chair Comments on West Coast Port Impasse

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Leann Saunders

Issues with the West Coast port labor contract negotiations have many in agriculture concerned, and that includes U.S. Meat Export Federation Chair Leann Saunders. She says port congestion is causing major problems for U.S. meat exporters who rely on West Coast port operations to serve key Asian markets. Joe Schuele has more on this story.


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