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USDA Invests $4.8 Million in University Agricultural Programs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

ABAC Student Enjoys being a Georgia Beef Team Member

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The Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team is out again this semester talking with consumers. One of those members is ABAC student Chelsey Daughtry, who told me she is really enjoying getting out and talking with consumers about beef. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaskalla Joins National Agriculture in the Classroom

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Lisa Gaskalla, executive director of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom for 13 years, has been named executive director of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO).

Gaskalla served as interim executive director of NAITCO while the organization conducted a national search to fill the position in 2016. Before that, she served as president of the organization in 2014-15, and hosted a National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference in Florida in 2011.

“National Agriculture in the Classroom has grown to a point where it needed a full-time executive director to oversee the business of our growing organization,” said Chris Fleming, president of NAITCO and the Tennessee Agriculture in the Classroom state contact. “Lisa Gaskalla’s experience managing a successful program in Florida will serve NAITCO well.” Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. Hires New Executive Director

Florida agriculture classroomFlorida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is pleased to announce, effective February 15, 2017, Rebecca Sponholtz will be its new Executive Director. Sponholtz has been with the organization since June 2013 as Education Program Manager and will provide a seamless transition in this next phase.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to continue to educate youth and adults about the importance of Florida agriculture and help this important industry share their message.” said Sponholtz. Read the rest of this entry »

$1.7 Million to Support Research at Tribal Colleges and Universities

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP).

“1994 land-grant universities represent a critically important part of our nation’s construct of academic institutions providing the leadership to address nutritional security amongst tribal populations while protecting our environment and natural resources, and at the same time ensuring young people are receiving education that prepares them for the workforce,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. Read the rest of this entry »

ANCW’s Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program

American National CattleWomen’s Collegiate Beef Advocacy ProgramThe American National CattleWomen’s Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program was created for beef industry advocates interested in bridging the gap between the farm and the fork. This program connects the Collegiate leaders to the beef industry where they can have unlimited access to leadership, their peers, cattlemen and cattlewomen and beef industry professionals. And during last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, a few awards were given out during the Emerging Leaders Luncheon. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Set for May 2

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The 14th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and the third in a series of new non-fiction children’s books has been developed that will highlight Florida’s aquaculture and seafood industries. Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Certification Now Free Online All of the Time

free onlineDuring the Cattle Industry Cattle Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, it was announced that producers can now become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified for free online, twenty-four seven, always. Josh White, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says it’s a new interactive online experience that beef and dairy producers can sign up for and complete at their own convenience. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Scholarships Available for Women in Agriculture

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The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $2,000 in scholarships for women in farming to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference, March 2-4, 2017, in St. Augustine.

Eight $250 scholarships will be awarded to Farm Bureau members to attend the conference. Priority of scholarships will be given to first-time attendees of the conference and women who dually serve on their county Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Checkoff Program Involved in Education

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The National Peanut Board, through the checkoff program, has a new program to help teachers. Tyron Spearman has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Newer Faculty Members at AU Animal Science Department

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Students at Auburn University are into their second semester of this school year. For some faculty, it’s a new second semester. Head of the Animal Science Department at Auburn University, Dr. Wayne Greene, says they have quite a few new faculty members. Read the rest of this entry »

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