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Subcommittee Examines Livestock Producer Perspectives on Next Farm Bill

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Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young on National Agriculture Day

Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young released the following statement:

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“Today is National Agriculture Day, set aside to pay tribute to the farmers and ranchers of our nation.  The work of American producers and growers ensures consumers in our country have plenty of safe food and a wide variety at a cost lower than much of the world.

“Through their efficiency, they are able to produce more food and fiber than is demanded in our country, generating a trade surplus in agricultural products for the United States.  As President Trump noted in the Presidential Proclamation declaring today National Agriculture Day, ‘American agriculture is the largest positive contributor to our Nation’s net trade balance, providing 10 percent of our exports and millions of jobs.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Higher U.S. Peanut Exports

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Despite earlier thoughts we would see lower numbers for U.S. peanut exports, Tyron Spearman reports the latest numbers are actually higher. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Working with Conservation Partners

conservation proposalsUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is accepting pre-proposals from conservation partners for fiscal year 2018 funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. And according to NRCS Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, they continue to promote conservation programs through partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Administration Declares National Ag Day

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Ray Starling, President Trump’s Special Assistant for Agriculture, reads the administration’s declaration of National Ag Day, before a gathering of ag industry representatives in Washington D.C. Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank

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The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony.

“If this country ever had an FMD outbreak, it not only would devastate my farm and the whole livestock industry but the entire U.S. economy,” said NPPC Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newtown Grove, N.C., who testified on behalf of the organization before the agriculture panel’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Pruning Patience

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Cathy Isom fill you in on why you should wait before pulling out those pruning shears, if you think that winter did a number on your yards plants. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Subcommittee Examines Federal Nutrition Programs

nutritionThe House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition convened a hearing to examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) three commodity distribution programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Committee members heard from a panel of witnesses representing each of these programs who explained how the programs differ, interact, and work together to meet the nutrition needs of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

Additional Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alabama

avian influenzaState veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirms that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Commission Hoping to See Cottonseed Designation

Georgia Cotton CommissionWhile efforts are already underway to hopefully get cotton back into Title 1 in the 2018 farm bill, many know cotton producers need help before that can even happen. That’s why Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton says work continues through the cottonseed initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program

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The Alabama State Beef Checkoff has been instrumental in many ways over the past few years. In our weekly beef checkoff report, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley has information about one of those programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Various Cattle Industry Representatives on Florida Beef Council

florida beef council variousThe Florida Beef Council continues their efforts for beef producers across the state. And in this week’s report, FBC CEO Jim Handley says there are various cattle industry representatives who serve on the council. Read the rest of this entry »

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