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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Peanut Crop and Price Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

From current weather conditions, to market information, to a promotional update, Tyron Spearman has a look at various aspects affecting the peanut industry right now.


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Citrus Expo Slide Show

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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.

Black Concerned with Proposed EPA Rule

Gary Black

Gary Black

Many folks in agriculture have major concerns with EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and that includes Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black.


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McMillan Concerned with Proposed EPA Rule

John McMillan

John McMillan

Many folks in agriculture continue to have major concerns with EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And that includes Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan.


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Pasture Conditions vary Across the Country

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.


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USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

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 »

NCBA Holding National Anthem Singing Contest

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.


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More information on how to enter can be found at beefusa.org.

Tyson-Hillshire Merger Delayed

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.


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Future of the Family Farm

Farm FamilyEverett Griner talks about what will keep the family farm going for generations to come in today’s Agri View.


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Pork Bucket List

pork-chopsToday Cindy Zimmerman is wondering what’s on your Pork Bucket List?


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Pleased with Work by Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Jimmy Maxey

Jimmy Maxey

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Vice Chair Jimmy Maxey was pleased with the meetings they held in Denver recently during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference. And he is looking forward to seeing how the programs discussed transpire over the next year.


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Alabama Food Safety Inspectors Conduct Recall Effectiveness Checks on Peanut Butter, Almond Butter and Nut Butters

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 »

Poultry Industry Recognizes 96 Poultry Facilities for Outstanding Safety Performance

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 »

Peanut Price Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

While this week’s peanut posted price held steady, Tyron Spearman reports there was as rise in the shell price.


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Florida Forest Service Sets Prescribed Fire Record

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 »

Wildfire Increase Impacting Forest Service Budget

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Over the past few weeks we have experienced some dry conditions across parts of the Southeast, but we are nowhere near the drought conditions being found in the Southwestern part of our nation, especially in the state of California. Weather conditions in various parts of the country this year have really impacted the Forest Service budget.


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Consumers Get Livestock Welfare info from Other Groups

A recent survey suggests consumers are using animal protection organizations as their primary source of information about livestock welfare.


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NFU Withdraws from Beef Checkoff Working Group

The National Farmers Union has withdrawn from the working group attempting to reach a consensus on changes to the beef checkoff program.


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Sustainability vs. Productivity

sustainability-conceptEverett Griner talks about the interpretation of sustainability in today’s Agri View.


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Alabama Farmer Visiting Panama, Ecuador to See Soy Checkoff in Action

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 »

The Cost of Raising a Child Increases

kids-playingNew numbers from USDA shows the cost of raising a child has increased. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Has Info about Decision Aids

Chris Chammoun

Chris Chammoun

Cotton growers should have received their production history in the mail, and Chris Chammoun with the Georgia Cotton Commission explains how you can use that info with some of the new decision aids to help make plans for your farming operation.


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To learn more go to georgiacottoncommission.org.

Beef Checkoff Gives Back to the Community

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn 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.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Promotions to Sell More Peanuts

Various promotions are underway to help sell more peanuts, as Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding Regional Events

aac-logoThe Alabama Agribusiness Council is inviting folks to join them as they will be holding three regional events over the next few weeks.


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To learn more go to their website at alagribusiness.org.

Milk Production is Up While Prices Are Mixed

USDA has a new dairy production and price forecast, and Rod Bain has the details.


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UF/IFAS Thanks Coca-Cola for Dollars to Fight Greening

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne wants to thank the Coca-Cola Company for their gift to the University of Florida Foundation to help fight the greening disease.


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Canada to Continue Inspection of U.S.-Bound Seed Potatoes

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.


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USDA Seeks Input on Standards for Carcass Beef Grades

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.


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