The Department of Agriculture will begin allowing meat, poultry and egg producers to use labels such as “contains no GMO” or “derived from beef fed no GMO feed.” The guidance announced last week takes effect immediately and gives food makers information and examples on how to label products as non-GMO, known as a Read the rest of this entry »
From Adam Putnam, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Officials recently confirmed that local transmission of Zika is occurring in two small areas in Miami-Dade County and announced an investigation into a non-travel related case in Pinellas County. This week, I joined Governor Scott in Miami-Dade County to meet with local leaders and residents in the impacted areas.
Across the state, there has been—and will continue to be—a proactive approach to prevent the spread of Zika.
The presidential candidates are largely at odds over key issues that affect farming and rural America. Hillary Clinton has said she would continue to spend money on commodity payments, crop insurance and disaster aid for family farms that need help in disasters or other tough times. Donald Trump is expected out with specifics on his farm policy in the coming days, but has already proposed ending the Estate Tax, cutting corporate taxes, freezing regulations, limiting immigration and renegotiating trade deals. Clinton, like Trump, Read the rest of this entry »
Torrential rains that recently caused historic flooding in south Louisiana will cost the state’s agriculture industry at least $110 million. The Louisiana State University AgCenter says that figure is expected to grow as farmers realize the full extent of flood damage.
Further, normal seasonal rains are likely to slow floodwaters receding. Many factors – including crop yield and quality reductions, increased production costs, infrastructure damage and loss of stored commodities – are not immediately clear.
Merger talks between Monsanto and Bayer AG are advancing after a series of meetings in which the companies have addresses issues including the purchase price and a termination fee, according to Bloomberg News.
Sources close to the talks say a deal could be reached in the next two weeks. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant have held Read the rest of this entry »
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack talks with AgNet Media on cheese purchase, extension of dairy MPP
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture announces plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories and to extend the deadline for enrollment in the dairy Margin Protection Program, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks with AgNet Media News Director Sabrina Hill to explain the programs.
The Florida Beef Checkoff was busy this past weekend working with a group of food bloggers. In this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council said she was pleased with the event.
During the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association board of directors meeting, it was decided smaller regional meetings would be held to discuss a variety of issues to help individual counties. Dr. Billy Powell says the association is putting together these meetings which will be held next month.
Georgia Beef Board’s Kaytlyn Malia says the board is already preparing for a couple of big fall events. And like in years past, the board is asking cattlemen and cattlewomen across the state who would like to help to let it know by calling the office in Macon at 478-474-1815.
Dear Growers, Industry Members and Friends: On behalf of everyone at Citrus Expo, we would like to extend our appreciation to all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors of this year’s event. We are overwhelmed with the generosity and support from all levels of participants that joined us this year. The Citrus Expo Shindig, held on Wednesday […]
Mike Sparks, executive vice president/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, issued the following report: “As you know, a big part of Mutual’s mission over the past three years was to try and uncover, create and support grower incentive programs to get more trees in the ground and rebuild our industry. Through the hard work of Commissioner […]