Chicken Marketing Summit 2021 Registration Opens

Registration is now open for the 2021 Chicken Marketing Summit. The annual executive conference, hosted by WATT Global Media, is scheduled for July 18-20, 2021, at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Fernandina Beach, FL. This year’s Chicken Marketing Summit will focus on what consumers will be looking for from protein suppliers and what strategies […]

Newhouse Throws Support For Salazar Immigration Reform Proposal

On Wednesday, Dan Newhouse, Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, joined other lawmakers on the steps of the U.S. capital, calling for “real, commonsense immigration reform”. Newhouse threw his support behind Florida Representative María Elvira Salazar’s Dignity Proposal. Newhouse said the proposal is based on the principles of border security, asylum reform, protection for Dreamers, […]

Cattle Groups Discuss need for Beef Industry Reforms

Cattle groups met in Florida last week to discuss reforms to the beef industry. The meetings included the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the Organization for Competitive Markets, and R-CALF USA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the nation’s largest cattle group, was invited but did not participate. NCBA President Marty Smith stated, “NCBA will not participate in […]

FFA Membership Reaches Record

The National FFA Organization this week announced a record-high student membership of 760,113, an increase from last year’s 700,170 members. The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow as membership continues to increase as well as the number of chapters. This […]

NASS: Orange Crop Slightly Smaller

With Florida’s orange harvest starting to wind down, the latest USDA crop production forecast for the all-US crop for this season, reveals a 2% month-over-month decrease and down 6% from last marketing year final utilization. “Our Valencia oranges are down two million boxes it was 48 million and now it’s 38 million and the non-valencias […]

USDA Food Boxes Contain Food From Across The Country

USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program has been helpful to producers in states like Mississippi. “Our boxes contain sweet potatoes from Ponotoc, MS,  from Fury Eagles and NW Farms, chicken nuggets from Cook Foods in Morton, MS, ham and smoked sausage from Poke’s Meat in McGee, MS, and  Cook chicken strips from southern New […]

USDA Clears Idaho For On-Line SNAP Purchases

The USDA announced that Idaho as well as Florida have been approved for SNAP on-line purchasing program, already implemented in several states across the country, including Washington and Oregon. This approval will allow both states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date later this […]

Is Florida’s Orange Crop Rebounding?

Florida orange production has been very lack luster over recent years, thanks to the outbreak of citrus greening, as well as the occasional hurricane or two.  But, things may be on the way up for orange producers in the Sunshine state.   USDA is forecasting a Florida “All Orange” crop at about 3.25 tons, slightly […]

NCBA Elects New President

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has a new president.  Marty Smith, a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Central Florida, was elected during the NCBA’s annual Cattle Industry Convention this weekend.  Smith runs a cow-calf operation that’s been in continuous operation since 1852.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics and […]

Seasonal Farm Trade Tensions Brewing Between the U.S. and Mexico

In spite of the goodwill generated after USMCA was signed, there could be more tensions between the two countries surrounding produce.  The Financial Post said Mexico responded to a letter from the top U.S. trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, pledging protectionist measures on seasonal farm trade for producers in the politically important states of Florida and Georgia. […]