In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.
“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »
If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky high prices. And with Fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.
According to USDA, 48% of the nation’s pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition which is good news for this time of the year. But on the other end of the spectrum, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says 20% of the nations pastures and rangelands are in the poor to very poor category.
When it comes to research efforts, the University of Florida IFAS is involved in so many projects including citrus greening. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s something that is really hurting the citrus industry.
Weed control is a major issue for growers across the country. And while research efforts have been underway to help organic growers, there is something being used that may help various row crop farmers. Rod Bain has the story.
All this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features multiple viewpoints on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule as well as details on programs for cottons growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
We told you yesterday that the Wall Street Journal had reported the World Trade Organization will side with Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin labeling. But, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement that while the article is notable, the World Trade Organization isn’t expected to release its report publicly until next month.
For many years, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has taken place in Marco Island. But the next two years that won’t be the case. FCA’s Director of Field Services Dusty Holley explains why and where it will be held.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recently presented Perdido River Farms of Atmore with an Environmental Stewardship Award. Perdido River Farms General Manager John English says the work they have done with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has helped them to achieve the practices they have on their operation.
The Florida Beef Council will soon learn more about how social media works. Ashley Hughes says they will be holding a course for those who serve on the council to give them a better understanding so they can hopefully be more involved in telling their beef story.
Dr. Billy Powell was very pleased with the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s board meeting held in Auburn. He says they were able to give updates on a variety of things including membership, the magazine and the 2015 convention.
In the most comprehensive study ever conducted for the National Peanut Board about the Return on Investment (ROI) of peanut assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Board’s checkoff program between 2007 and 2013 returned $8.87 to the peanut industry. Tyron Spearman has the details.
Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton talks about the significant investments they make each year in support of cotton research with the University of Georgia. And he hopes growers will join them September 10th at the 2014 UGA Cotton & Peanut Research Field Day at Tifton.
TIFTON, Ga. (August 25, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be sponsoring Georgia-native, David Ragan, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31, 2014.
Joe Boddiford, GPC vice chairman and chairman of the GPC Promotions Committee, is looking forward to the race and the exposure it will bring for Georgia’s agricultural industry; particularly peanuts. “David Ragan is a Georgia native and Georgia is the No. 1 peanut-growing state in the nation,” Boddiford says. “The Georgia Peanut Commission is very excited to have this opportunity to help sponsor him in the Read the rest of this entry »
There are many folks in agriculture and beyond concerned about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. Cindy Zimmerman has a five-part report on this issue covering what’s being said about it from all different sides. Read the rest of this entry »
Gary Adams with the National Cotton Council has more information about the Stacked Income Protection Plan coming in 2015, and the Cotton Transition Assistance Program which signup is underway for right now.