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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 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 »
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.
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, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were confirmed carriers of screwworm larvae. Now in Florida, officials have Read the rest of this entry »
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
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 »
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 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 »
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, Read the rest of this entry »
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.
In 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 »
Culex erraticus mosquito 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.
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]
More than 90 Florida citrus groves or former citrus groves were sold in 2016. Twenty four of the former groves are transitioning to other agriculture or to development. The sales are detailed in the Lay of the Land 2016 Market Report prepared by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) in Lakeland. The report was […]