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USDA Removes Personal information from Animal Welfare Act Documents

Animal Welfare ActThe 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Practice of Horse Soring

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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 a high stepping gait through the use of action devices, caustic chemicals, and other practices that cause horses to suffer, or reasonably be expected to suffer physical pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness while walking or moving. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida and Georgia FFA Members Receive National Awards

ffa-logoThe 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: Read the rest of this entry »

Many Livestock Events at Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltThe 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.


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Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch for Screwworm

From the Alabama Cooperative Extension System:

acesAUBURN, 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, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were confirmed carriers of screwworm larvae. Now in Florida, officials have Read the rest of this entry »

Screwworm Life Cycle and Habits Contribute to Insect’s Threat

From the University of Florida/IFAS
By: Tom Nordlie

A sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS

A sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS

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 Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Commonly known as the primary screwworm fly or New World screwworm fly, the insect threatens the health of warm-blooded animals and people in areas where it is well-established, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“To put it plainly, a full-blown screwworm infestation is a death sentence for the host animal,” Payne said. “This pest can kill a Read the rest of this entry »

Five Livestock Sheltering Facilities Open in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

adaiMontgomery, 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 including horses and cattle. “We stand ready to assist our neighbors in any way we can as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on Florida’s Atlantic coast,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

In preparation for this storm, Alabama’s State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier has been in contact with Florida’s State Veterinarian on planning the potential evacuation of certain livestock and animals. There are five sheltering facilities that are equipped to accommodate these animals at this time. These facilities Read the rest of this entry »

Ranch Rodeo Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival is This Weekend

fca-ranch-rodeoThe 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, Read the rest of this entry »

Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival Coming Soon

fca-ranch-rodeoHere’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 at Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 9, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the deadline extension for dairy producers to sign-up for MPP, we talk about mosquitoes and issues they can bring to livestock, National Chicken Month, fish farming, Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Reminded to Practice Mosquito Control

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Photo is “courtesy, Nathan Burkett-Cadena, UF/IFAS.”

As the number of locally transmitted Zika cases continues to climb in Florida, some may wonder if this is an issue of concern for livestock. So we asked Dr. Diane Kitchen, Florida Department of Agriculture’s Veterinarian Manager of Bovine Programs, that very question.


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