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Beef in the Classroom for Georgia Students

Dan Beef, Georgia, Georgia Beef Board (GBB)

While the summer grilling season is underway, efforts are also underway for schools to reopen in a couple of months. Georgia Beef Board (GBB) Director of Public Relations Taylor Evans, explains what they are doing to promote beef in schools across the state. GBB has a variety of materials available for teachers and students. From recipes to beef cut charts, …

National Pollinator Week

Agriculture Sec. Vilsack Issues Proclamation Recognizing National Pollinator Week

Dan Pollinators, USDA-NRCS

(WASHINGTON, June 21, 2021) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proclamation to recognize the designation of the week of June 21 – 27, 2021 as National Pollinator Week. Pollinator species, such as birds, bats, bees, and other insects, play an important role in producing more than 100 crops grown in the United States. Honey …

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Florida Natural Resource Meeting Web Conference is Wednesday

Clint Thompson Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Committee meeting Wednesday, June 23 from 10 a.m.- noon Eastern. NRCS will seek recommendations and provide a report for fiscal year 2022 natural resource and program priority decisions during the web conference. That’s Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez. While the State Technical Committee has no implementation or …

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More Production, Demand for Dairy

Clint Thompson USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expecting more dairy cows and therefore more milk production the next couple of years. According to a story from Rod Bain, the USDA is also expecting more demand for dairy products.

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GCC Encourages Producers to Join Cotton Trust Protocol

Clint Thompson Georgia Cotton Commission

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) continues to encourage producers to join the Cotton Trust Protocol. It’s an initiative that helps promote the sustainability efforts of cotton producers across the country.   “The point of the program is to tell a story to the consumer. We’ve talked many times over the past 10 years how interested consumers are …

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USDA to Invest $5 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banks

Dan USDA-NRCS, Water, Wetland

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an investment up to $5 million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP). It is a grant program that supports the development of mitigation banks for use by agricultural producers seeking to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. Funds are available to Tribes, government entities, nonprofits, and other organizations. “Wetlands are critical to our efforts …

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Vilsack Weighs in on PSA Investigator Bill

Dan Beef, Cattle, Legislative, Livestock, Marketing, Regulation, USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack weighed in this week on a bill to create a Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) investigator at USDA to boost price discovery and transparency in the highly concentrated livestock sector. He says a Packers and Stockyards Act investigator could be part of broader USDA action to deal with unfair market practices harming small independent producers. “I …

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NCBA President Discusses “Product of the USA” at FCA Convention

Dan Cattle, Florida, USDA-FSIS

The 2021 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has been taking place this week in Marco Island, Florida and one person attending is National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President, Jerry Bohn. NCBA recently filed a petition with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to eliminate the use of “Product of the USA” (POTUSA) and other broad U.S. origin labeling claims for beef products that are …

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Florida State Conservationist Speaks to Cattlemen

Dan Cattle, Florida, USDA-NRCS

A great crowd is on hand for the 2021 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Marco Island. Various speakers have already passed along information to ranchers from across the state. One of those was Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez. He told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants each producer to check with their local field office …

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Agriculture Ready to Defend WOTUS

Dan Irrigation, USDA, Water

Many in agriculture are ready to defend the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced their intent to repeal and rewrite it. This includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During a call with farm broadcasters last week, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh said there is a lot to discuss with the Water of the U.S. …