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Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida invites everyone to attend the Flatwoods Fire and Nature Festival, January 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Forest off Waldo Road in Gainesville, FL. During the family-friendly festival, you can enjoy prescribed fire demonstrations, fire ecology tours, live wildlife, live music, food trucks, exhibits, quail mascot Burner …

beef quality

Checkoff-Funded Beef Quality Assurance Program’s Online Certification Option Reaches Major Milestone

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education, Industry News Release

More than 50,000 Have Been Certified through New, Convenient Process More than 50,000 cattle producers have been certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program’s new online learning system since it was first offered in February 2017. Throughout the country hundreds of thousands have now become BQA-certified through in-person and online training, with an estimated 80 percent of the U.S. fed …

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Applying Performance Data for Bull Selection

Dan Cattle, Education, Florida, Industry News Release

On Tuesday, January 15th Understanding and Applying Performance Data for Bull Selection will be presented at the Washington County Agricultural Center, in Chipley. The primary goal of this class is to help commercial cattlemen decipher all of the performance data available and develop a practical plan for utilizing these resources when selecting bulls for their own operations.The catalog form the Florida Bull Test …

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Alabama Irrigation Workshops

Dan Alabama, Education, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

The Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee has been working with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Auburn University (AU), to identify which watersheds will have funding priority. In response to this initiative, Alabama Extension will host two free irrigation workshops for producers that include trainings, as well as on-farm demonstrations of …

arboriculture

Arboriculture Society Donation to Help Fund UF/IFAS Tree Expert

Dan Education, Florida, Research

UF/IFAS will hire a new tree scientist, at least partially with funds donated recently by the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. During a campus visit on Dec. 3, Florida ISA chapter CEO Norm Easey and President Scott Shultz provided a pledge payment to help the UF/IFAS department of environmental horticulture inits search for a new faculty member, …

nmpf

NMPF Applauds USDA Support for More Milk Options in School Meals

Dan Dairy, Education, Industry News Release

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) commended Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for returning low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The final rule implementing regulatory changes needed to add low-fat flavored milk to more school menus and other nutrition programs serving children was announced by the USDA and will be published later this month …

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Florida Cattlemen’s Institute and Allied Trade Show

Dan Cattle, Education, Florida

The 36th annual Florida Cattlemen’s Institute and Allied Trade Show will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia. This year’s theme is “Building a Better Florida Cow”. Topics to be discussed include looking at a practical ranch approach to genetics, making selections for temperament, beef cattle reproduction and there will be a panel discussing …

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UF/IFAS Extension to Help Teach Updated Farm Safety

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release

Farm workers can learn updated safety rules from faculty with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and others at a Dec. 18 conference in Sebring. UF/IFAS Extension faculty from several Central Florida counties – including Highlands, Hardee and Palm Beach — will work with emergency management officials to teach agricultural safety to farm laborers, said …

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Secretary Perdue announces new OneUSDA Internship Program

Dan Education, Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields. “The improvements we’re making to internships at …