Tallahassee, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding the House of Representative’s passage of House Bill 239, sponsored by Representatives Heather Fitzenhagen and Charlie Stone.
“Florida has a robust equine industry with a more than $5.1 billion economic impact in our state. As I head to the Florida Derby tomorrow, I’m grateful that the House of Representatives has passed legislation that will strengthen the integrity of Florida’s horse industry by prohibiting the use of certain Read the rest of this entry »
Cathy Isom tells us what studies are showing about the benefits of drinking Milk right after working out.
The House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing Wednesday to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the U.S. regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling. The hearing was stacked with witnesses opposed to COOL and members of both parties called for its repeal. Here’s North Carolina Republican and House Livestock Subcommittee Chair David Rouzer.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell tells how the marketing order’s governing board has become more diverse in recent years. He seeks help in making the group even more diverse.
From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:
NCBA hails the passage of South Dakota Senator John Thune’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution to create a deficit neutral reserve fund to eliminate the death tax. Following the vote, Read the rest of this entry »
Reuters reports researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes the deadly disease East Coast Fever if they have previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite.
Everett Griner talks about oyster farming steadily growing in today’s Agri View.
From the Georgia Peanut Commission:
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed three producers and four industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. Six members will serve on the board through June 30, 2017. A seventh member will fill a current vacancy through June, 2015.
The Peanut Standards Board is made up of 18 members representing the Southeast Region, which covers Alabama, Georgia and Florida; Read the rest of this entry »
The latest numbers indicate that peanut usage is still climbing, as Tyron Spearman has the details.
In this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Dr. Lee Jones explains why he feels it’s important for their vet students to become BQA certified.
Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org
With the fresh fruit season approximately 88 percent completed, Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell discusses shipments versus last season at this point. He also offers reasons for the changes.
From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:
Following the recommendation of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced April 27 as the official shipping date for the 2015 Vidalia® onion marketing season. The 16-grower panel made the recommendation to the Commissioner during a meeting held at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Ga.
“The meeting was very productive,” said Bo Herndon of Herndon Farms and Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports from the recent HLB Grower Day and UAV Applications in Agriculture Workshop held at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
Everett Griner talks about a Southern tradition is gaining ground in today’s Agri View.
From the National Pork Producers Council:
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2015 – In congressional testimony today, the National Pork Producers Council said the United States must address its mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) last fall ruled that the U.S. meat labeling law violates U.S. international trade obligations by Read the rest of this entry »
FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 25, 2015………. Several senators want their chamber to float more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts.
But for now, those lawmakers will wait to see if the amount can be increased during upcoming budget talks with the House — talks that Read the rest of this entry »