USDA Invests to Support Military Veterans Pursuing Farming and Ranching Careers

Dan Economy, Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces six awards to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Grants are made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets). Section 760 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244, 115th Congress) provides funds to NIFA for AgVets to provide grants to …


Cattlemen’s College Set For New Orleans in January

Dan Cattle, Education, Industry News Release

Event in New Orleans Jan. 29-30, 2019, will give Producers a Leg Up in Cattle Industry Staying a step ahead in the cattle industry is no small challenge. Cattlemen and women looking to find that extra step will be attending the 2019 Cattlemen’s College in New Orleans, La., Jan. 29-30. More than a thousand producers are expected to attend the …


UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use when he participated in a class offered by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He was one of 20 participants in the program held …

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Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is Tuesday

Dan Education, Florida

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC) moved their annual Agriculture Literacy Day to the fall this year, and the new date is Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Agriculture Literacy Day this year will be using the book, “These Florida Farms!” That is the 2008-2009 book, and they invite Florida agriculture industry volunteers to find an elementary school near them. Florida Department …


Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities

Dan Economy, Education, Industry News Release

Investments will help more than 4.5 million rural Americans Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training (PDF, 351 KB), educational and health care services in rural areas. “Empowering rural Americans with access to services for quality of life and economic development is critical to rural prosperity,” Secretary Perdue said. “Distance …


New Poultry Research Center at Auburn

Dan Alabama, Education, Poultry

While Auburn University already has an internationally recognized Department of Poultry Science, efforts continue on a new comprehensive “farm”, known as the Charles C. Miller, Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center. Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Paul Patterson, knows the new facility will significantly advance the university’s standing as a global …

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New National FFA Officer Team Elected

Dan Education

During the recent 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, students from Alabama, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon were elected by delegates from throughout the U.S. to serve on the 2018-19 National FFA Officer team. First representing the Southeast, Jordan Stowe of Alabama, an agriscience education major at Auburn University, was elected southern region vice president. But it was Luke …


Florida HS Students Present Research at Prestigious Global Conference

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

Five students who completed a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences program were among 210 high school students from around the world who attended the 25th Annual Global Youth Institute symposium hosted by The World Food Prize Foundation. The students discussed critical food security and agricultural issues with international experts. The event was held from Oct. 17 …

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John Deere Gives Significant Grant to National FFA Organization

Dan Education, Industry News Release

John Deere and the National FFA Organization have been in partnership for the past 75 years. To commemorate that, John Deere is making a $75,000 contribution to the FFA Living to Serve Platform. The funds are in addition to the wide range of FFA activities that John Deere already supports. Sam Allen, Deere and Company CEO and Chairman, says, “The …