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University of Florida/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Sees Record Enrollment

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida /IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has seen enrollment numbers surge to a record level this fall. This enrollment surge really pleases UF Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 25, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about mandatory livestock price reporting, how a recent trial concerning peanuts helped remind of us the good things that came from it, the growth of a vegetable-seed company, and issues that continue to affect the citrus industry.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending September 25th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Research Funding for University of Florida/IFAS Hits All-Time High

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research funding for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hit an all-time high in Fiscal Year 2015, at almost $125.82 million, according to figures released this month by the UF Office of Research.

The UF/IFAS total, representing funds from grant awards, contracted research, donations and other sources, exceeds last year’s Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cabinet Asked to Wrangle Two Ranches for Conservation


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 25, 2015………. Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will be asked Tuesday to spend more than $7.8 million to conserve land that will remain active for ranching in Central and Southwest Florida.

The state has targeted a deal for 1,286 acres of a 1,372-acre tract in Seminole County known as the Kilbee Ranch, with a price Read the rest of this entry »

Antibiotic Use in Livestock Industry Coming Down

The livestock industry and the marketers of animal antibiotics seem to be cooperating with FDA guidance designed to reduce the routine use of antibiotics. Gary Crawford has the story.

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Beef Checkoff Seeks Producer Input on Antibiotic Use

beef-checkoff-logoThe Beef Checkoff is asking cattle producers to submit their input on antibiotic use.

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Three Finalists Compete for Florida Farm Bureau Leadership and Service Honor

From Florida Farm Bureau:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Three finalists will compete for the 2015 Florida Farm Bureau (FFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Excellence in Agriculture Award this October.

Lindsey Bowen of Hendry/Glades County, Christian Spinosa of Polk County and Kevin Wright of Suwannee County will compete for the top statewide honor on Oct. 28 at Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Rancher Uses NRCS Programs to Conserve Natural Resources

usda-logoFlorida farmers and ranchers are being reminded they can apply until December 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding. This includes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, something one rancher says his operation has benefited from through various projects.

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Senate Leaves Provision Out of Livestock Price Reporting

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

While the U.S. Senate did reauthorize Mandatory Livestock Price Reporting this week, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says they left a critical provision out.

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New NRCS State Conservationist for Alabama

Ben Malone

Ben Malone

It was announced this week that Ben Malone will begin serving as state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama on October 5. And Malone said he looks forward to working with the great folks in the state of Alabama.

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Beef Checkoff Putting the Facts Out

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Steve Blackburn from Waynesboro, Georgia is pleased with what the checkoff has done over the years.

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