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How to Be an Advocate for Agriculture

farm-billAg advocacy is the act of informing individuals who may not be familiar with the story of agriculture about agricultural practices. There are many ways to be an advocate for agriculture, also known as an “agvocate”. During the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo this past week, a student workshop was held where the seven ways to be an effective agvocate were discussed. According to an article from Dominique Germann, to be an agvocate one must take action to meet the audience right where they are. To read more about being an agvocate click here.

Florida Student Is New 2016-2017 National FFA Secretary

Victoria Harris

Victoria Harris

The 89th National FFA Convention and Expo wrapped up this past weekend in Indianapolis and the 2016-2017 National FFA officer team was announced. One of those members is from Florida, as Victoria Harris, a biology major at the University of Florida, will serve as national secretary. Bryce Doeschot talked with her about being a new national FFA officer and about her career in FFA.

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Cattle Placements in Latest Report Surprises Some

cattleThe October USDA Cattle on Feed report has been released and the latest numbers show cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. (for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head) totaled 10.3 million head on October 1, 2016. The inventory was slightly above October 1, 2015. The inventory included 6.83 million steers and steer calves, down 2 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 67 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.44 million head, up 4 percent from 2015.

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Controlling Diseases

Everett Griner talks about the money spent in preventing diseases in our food in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Florida FFA Member Elected To 2016-17 National FFA Officer Team

From the National FFA Organization:

ffa2016-2017-nat-officersINDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Students from Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina and Texas have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2016-17 National FFA Officer team.

David Townsend, an agricultural and natural resources and plant science major at the University of Delaware, was elected president. This is the first time the state of Delaware has had a national FFA president. Victoria Harris, a biology major at the University of Florida, will serve as secretary. 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.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 21, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, the 39th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo took place this past week in Moultrie, Georgia. We covered a variety of stories from that event.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market reports for the week ending October 21st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Backyard Wildlife Haven

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Cathy Isom fills us in on how to have a little bit of Heaven, or Haven, in your backyard. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

Temperature Impacts on Global Wheat Yield

A recent study shows that increases in temperature decrease wheat production globally. With wheat being the third largest crop produced in the world, the effects of climate change could cause a substantial impact on the human food source.

Research by the University of Florida’s Senthold Asseng, a professor of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, conceded that increasing temperatures will reduce the wheat production by 4 to 6 percent for each one degree of temperature increase on a global scale. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 PMA Fresh Summit Wrap-Up

img_7748-1The 67th annual Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo was one for the books, literally. The event, held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, had a record attendance of 20,889 attendees from over 65 countries. More than 12,000 exhibiting companies showcased new products, trends, technologies and innovations at the event.

The Southeast was well represented with both the Fresh From Florida pavilion and Georgia Grown pavilion, showcasing the finest fruits and vegetables from the Southeast.

Sommet de L’Elevage – Europe’s Largest Livestock Summit Welcomes International Visitors

The Charolais breed National Championship competition involved 430 animals at the 2016 Sommet de L'Elevage.

The Charolais breed National Championship competition involved 430 animals at the 2016 Sommet de L’Elevage.

My recent trip to Clermont-Ferrand, France to attend and cover the Sommet de L’Elevage was both enlightening and enjoyable. Although a very busy week, going back to my roots as an on-the-scene reporter for the event, what made it especially enjoyable was the hospitality of the French people and all of the farm producers I have grown to know in this southern central agricultural region of France. Read the rest of this entry »

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