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More than 64,000 Expected in Indianapolis Oct. 25-28 for 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo

Dan Education, Industry News Release

Innovators and leaders of tomorrow, FFA members make a difference by sharing their stories of agricultural education and FFA. This year, members will continue the tradition as they attend the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, held in the Circle City Oct. 25-28, 2017. More than 64,000 FFA members from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and …

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: October is Farm-to-School Month

Dan Education, FL Commissioner Report, Florida

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam speaks on the importance of healthy school lunches and the role Florida’s farmers play in providing fresh, wholesome food to local schools.   You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

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UF honors alumni, friends at annual Dinner of Distinction

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences honored some of its most ardent supporters at its annual Dinner of Distinction, held recently. This was the fifth year for the awards banquet that recognizes individuals and organizations that support and advance UF/IFAS in its research, teaching and Extension efforts. “Land-grant universities are special places, and the agriculture and …

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Farm to School Bill Introduced

Dan Education, Industry News Release

Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, and ranking member Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, reintroduced the Farm to School Act to expand the Farm to School Grant Program. The program promotes the use of home-state agriculture products in school cafeterias. The bill would increase school eligibility and reduce barriers for farmers to participate. It also would allow broader …

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Funding to Recruit and Educate a More Diverse Agricultural Workforce

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $945,400 in available funding to help foster the next generation of multicultural scholars in agricultural sciences. Funding is made through NIFA’s Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). “The Multicultural Scholars Program seeks to help young people reach their potential in the agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director …

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Low Education Rural Counties Worse Off than Higher Education Rural Counties

Dan Education, Industry News Release

New data announced by the Department of Agriculture shows that rural counties with low education levels have worse economic outcomes than other rural counties. USDA’s Economic Research Service classifies 467 counties as “low education” counties, where at least 20 percent of working-age adults, ages 25 to 64, do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. Nearly 80 percent of …

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New UF/IFAS Program Teaches Veterans About Agribusiness

Dan Education, Industry News Release

After retiring from a 28-year-career in the U.S. Air Force, Mike Burrell thought about what he could pass down to the next generation. He considered starting his own small business and he looked into law school, but his post-9/11 GI Bill would not cover the latter. “With these things in mind, I was thinking about purchasing several acres of land …

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Ronald Cave Named Director of UF/IFAS Indian River Research Facility

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

An entomologist recognized internationally as a specialist in biological control of insect pests has been named the director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center. Ronald D. Cave will serve as the sixth leader of the Indian River REC. From the Indian River REC’s 1947 start as the Indian River …

Calving Management Workshops

Calving Management Workshops in Gainesville and Okeechobee, Florida

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Education, Florida, Industry News Release

Dr. Ricardo Chebel, UF College of Veterinary Medicine Dairy Health Extension Specialist, will be presenting classroom information and hands-on practice on dairy calving management. He will be covering risk factors for dystocia, the process of normal calving, stages of calving, strategies to correct dystocia. Classroom sessions will be available separately in English and Spanish. Both sessions will combine for lunch …