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USDA official meets with Mississippi partners

Lisa Mensah, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new undersecretary for rural development, visited Mississippi Friday, her first trip since being confirmed to the post.

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APHIS administrator shares new agency strategic plan

Kevin Shea, administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) this week introduced the agency’s strategic plan for 2015 through 2019, and provided this summary.

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Meat of the Matter: From sweet to savory

One of America’s premier candy companies has made a move into the meat snacks category. Is candy on the downslide, or are meat snacks on the rise? You be the judge.

There are a few iconic American brands with near-universal name recognition, a well-known backstory and a stockpile of positive imagery among consumer.

Cow/Calf Producer

UGA Extension agent working to help save Georgia cattlemen money

University of Georgia Extension agent Mark Frye helps save Georgia cattlemen money while providing cattle a better diet. In 2010, the Wayne County agricultural and natural resources agent set out to discover whether double crop baleage was a viable option for all farmers. He worked with Wayne County farmer Jonny Harris to see if the process was feasible.

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Meat of the Matter: Hitting rock bottom

An alternative media columnist builds an argument that exposes the core beliefs of the veggies and vegans who hate the industry. And he concludes with the ultimate, crushing insult.

I love vegans.

As a columnist, that is.

Vegans are so pure, so righteous that no matter what any producer, ranchers, packer, processors or restaurateur does to foster humane treatment of livestock, or sustainability in production, or maybe just building social consciousness around an issue that might positively affect society. It’s never good enough.

Industry

Farm business planning makes estate planning easier

Most farmers want to leave their farms to their families to enjoy for generations to come, but without a plan this may not happen, said David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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