Take a look at a photo gallery from Citrus Expo 2014, held last week in North Fort Myers at the Lee Civic Center. The event will return next year at the same location on August 19-20, 2015.
Like most year’s, moisture and the lack of it in some parts of our country has really affected range and pasturelands as cattle producers in some areas continue to deal with a lack of grass in their area.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Washington, D.C. – Aug. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually.
“Resuming trade before the start of the 2014 citrus shipping season is the result of a lot of effort by a number of USDA employees, who worked very closely with Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is hosting its 2nd Annual National Anthem Singing Contest for children under 18 who are related to an NCBA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board or American National CattleWomen member.
More information on how to enter can be found at beefusa.org.
Tyson Foods has again extended the offering period for its offer to buy Hillshire Brands due to the Justice Department’s request for more information on the merger.
Everett Griner talks about what will keep the family farm going for generations to come in today’s Agri View.
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
Montgomery, AL – Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors are conducting recall effectiveness checks on certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters because of possible contamination with Salmonella.
nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. has voluntarily recalled certain retail lots of Read the rest of this entry »
From the National Chicken Council:
Destin, Fla. – The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 96 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Destin, Fla.
The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Forest Service oversees one of the most active prescribed fire programs in the country in order to reduce the risk of wildfires and keep Florida’s natural habitats healthy and growing.
During the past year, the Florida Forest Service reports that more than 2.5 million acres across Florida were treated with prescribed fire, one of the Read the rest of this entry »
A recent survey suggests consumers are using animal protection organizations as their primary source of information about livestock welfare.
The National Farmers Union has withdrawn from the working group attempting to reach a consensus on changes to the beef checkoff program.
Everett Griner talks about the interpretation of sustainability in today’s Agri View.
Kyle Bridgeforth from Tanner, Alabama is in Panama and Ecuador this week participating in the soy checkoff’s “See for Yourself” program. Bridgeforth was one of 10 select farmers from around the country who got the opportunity to learn more about their customers beyond the elevator, and the soy checkoff’s role in marketing U.S. soy to those customers. I was able to catch up with Kyle this afternoon via cell phone while he was in Read the rest of this entry »
To learn more go to georgiacottoncommission.org.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff allows producers to give back to the community? Tina Hammonds from Lowndes County, Alabama has information on how they did just that.
To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.
Various promotions are underway to help sell more peanuts, as Tyron Spearman has the story.
USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently informed the National Potato Council that earlier this month the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified Canadian potato growers that the agency would continue to conduct official certification and inspections of seed potatoes shipments to the United States.
The Department of Agriculture is asking for public input on possible revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef. USDA wants to adjust for recent improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding.
If interested in making a comment, they Read the rest of this entry »