USDA Removes Personal information from Animal Welfare Act Documents

The Department of Agriculture has removed some personal information from documents posted online involving the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has shared the information online for the last decade, including inspection reports, research facility reports and lists of persons licensed under the Animal Welfare Act.

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post. The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news.

Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Practice of Horse Soring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce …

Florida and Georgia FFA Members Receive National Awards

The 89th National FFA Convention and Expo has wrapped up in Indianapolis and during the event the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were handed out as eight members from Florida and Georgia were recipients. From the National FFA Organization:

Many Livestock Events at Sunbelt Ag Expo

The 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off tomorrow in Moultrie, Georgia, and according to show director Chip Blalock, there will once again be a variety of livestock related events. Download Audio

Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch for Screwworm

From the Alabama Cooperative Extension System: AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida, are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworm in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, …

Screwworm Life Cycle and Habits Contribute to Insect’s Threat

From the University of Florida/IFAS By: Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say experts with the University of Florida Institute of …

Five Livestock Sheltering Facilities Open in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries: Montgomery, AL – With Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida’s east coast, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), Alabama Horse Council and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to confirm temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock …

Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival is This Weekend

The Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival is coming up this weekend, September 30-October 1 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. The rodeo performances will be at 7 pm and will feature 16 ranch teams. Events include saddle bronc riding, colt riding,

Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival Coming Soon

Here’s a date to jot on your calendar, September 30-October 1, as that’s when the Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival will take place at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. The event includes a ranch horse competition, working cow dogs contest, a beef brisket cookoff, and even a whip popping contest. The rodeo performances will be …