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In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning Country of Origin Labeling, a reminder about a June 1st deadline, along with a brush up on BBQ safety for the holiday weekend.
When it comes to the Avian Influenza outbreak, one Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist said the direct impact of H5N2 on poultry meat supply is minimal and likely to remain that way.
Stocking up for your holiday B-B-Q? Cathy Isom lets you know what you can expect to pay at the meat counter this weekend.
From the U.S. House Agriculture Committee:
Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2393, a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, by a recorded vote of 38-6. A combination of 68 Democrats and Republicans joined Chairman K. Michael Conaway in introducing this bipartisan bill that will effectively repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken, while leaving Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on pork and beef producers’ request to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and a report on the growing opportunities in agricultural careers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) – After over a decade and two administrations failing to successfully implement the rule, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-Texas) introduced legislation (H.R. 2393) to repeal Country of Origin Labeling. Originally introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill covering beef, pork and chicken; and implemented in 2008, COOL has been detrimental to the U.S. livestock industry and without benefit to U.S. consumers. After multiple rulings against the U.S. by the World Trade Organization, Read the rest of this entry »
Now that the World Trade Organization has once again ruled against U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL), the National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are asking Congress to repeal COOL.
USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report this week and when it comes to the livestock, poultry and dairy section, total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2016 is projected to be above 2015.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the final 2014 cotton numbers and information on a multi-state nationally funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
During the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard very little concerning avian influenza, or bird flu, as some commonly call it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has had good success in containing the lateral spread of the disease as bio-security efforts by poultry producers have played a big role in that. And while there are consumers wondering how all of this might affect the products they purchase, Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill reports that they need not worry.
From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:
The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are pleased to be partnering once again this year to present the Georgia Grown Building during the 2015 Georgia National Fair, October 8-18, in Perry, GA. The building, featuring 20,000 sq. ft. of space, is dedicated to showcasing Georgia’s diverse agricultural industry as you have never seen it before. You can find Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on millions of dollars of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program as well as a beef checkoff challenge producers can participate in. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we update Farm Bill implementation, look at action that took in the U.S. House and Senate, and talk about how recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers changing thoughts about what to plant.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes U.S. Department of Agriculture information, including an update on avian influenza and a reminder on the deadline for Conservation Compliance Provisions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Cathy Isom has some tips on keeping your backyard chickens safe from a deadly virus.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Grown Agriculture Commodity Commission are reminding producers interested in attending the third annual Georgia Grown Symposium on Thursday, April 30 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry to register.
To register for this event, click here. If you have questions, contact Georgia Grown at 404-656-3680.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
EAST LANSING, Mich., April 23, 2015 — In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA’s Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. Through these efforts, USDA expects to reduce net emissions and Read the rest of this entry »
From the National Chicken Council:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 22, 2015 – The United States Senate Committee on Finance approved unanimously by voice vote language that would put pressure on South Africa to remove unfair limits on American chicken imports. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and cosponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), would require the president conduct an out-of-cycle review of Read the rest of this entry »
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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes updates on how the avian influenza outbreaks are being handled. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
A USDA disaster assistance program is helping those who suffered certain livestock losses. Rod Bain has the details.
Based on a request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Poultry Lab have sent employees to Minnesota to assist in response efforts to the avian influenza outbreak. I talked with both Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb and Dan Duncan, livestock and poultry division manager, about these efforts. First, Dr. Cobb explains what this trip is all about.