Tax reform is a major issue for many in agriculture, and that includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, says that is something they have been working on a lot on this year.
Wet weather across the Southeast has really hampered any ideas of planting at this time. But according to USDA meteorologist Mark Brusberg, cotton planting is off to a slow start in other areas of the country too.
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.
GAINESVILLE – The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.
The book, the title of which is ‘Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry,’ features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries. Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the other members of the Board of Trustees approved today a conservation easement with Smith Family Farms as part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. More than 200 acres of the Putnam County farm will be protected under the Read the rest of this entry »
Tomorrow, April 15, is the final day cattle producers will be able to take advantage of the free online certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council hopes ranchers who have yet to go through the program will take advantage of this great offer.
Up 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.
From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:
Eighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought conditions. During that massive storm, people were forced to crawl on hands and Read the rest of this entry »
This Wednesday, April 15 is the final day to apply for the fall 2015 public policy internship for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council. The full-time internship, which begins September 15 and ends December 18, is designed to work closely with the lobbying team on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit BeefUSA.org.
Georgia peanut producers are being reminded they only have a couple of days left to get referendum ballots sent in, as they need to be postmarked by April 15. Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, says if you have any questions about the commission’s activities or the referendum to contact him.
The Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan, which Members of a Steering Committee developed, calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government in the state. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why this plan is important to the state’s ag industry.
The Beef Checkoff program and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. wants to remind cattle producers the free certification period for the Beef Quality Assurance program ends this coming Wednesday, April 15.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, better cherry blossoms, an app to fight food waste, and fishing for energy savings. Check out the informative video.
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.
Dean Saunders, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, discusses consolidation of the Florida citrus industry. His firm hosted a Florida Land Conference near Orlando on Friday.