56th Florida Dairy Production Conference

56th Florida Dairy Production Conference is Thursday

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Education, Florida

The 56th Florida Dairy Production Conference will be held Thursday, December 1st at the Straughn Center in Gainesville FL. The Conference started in 1964 and aims to create a program that brings together some of the newest research, innovations, recommendations, and ideas for improving the sustainability and profitability of the Florida dairy industry. The presented information provides practical take-home messages for dairy farmers …


CAB Awards $70,000 in Scholarship Funds

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education, This Land of Ours

An ag organization helping students pay for school. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Certified Angus Beef (CAB) awarded an annual record of $70,000 in scholarships to 20 students pursuing careers at the ranch, in meat science, in a research lab, or supporting agricultural business and marketing. The Colvin Scholarship Fund recognizes students for the commitment and energy …

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USDA Investing Funds in Healthier School Meals

Dan Education, Funding, This Land of Ours

The USDA is investing funds for healthier school meals. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service launched a new initiative for healthier school meals through a $50 million grant opportunity. It will support collaboration with the food industry to develop nutritious and appetizing school meals for students. “We’re investing in innovative solutions and challenging …


Alabama Beef Checkoff Program Wraps Up 2022 Beef 101 Courses

Dan Alabama, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), Beef, Cattle, Education

The Alabama Beef Checkoff program has been busy this year sponsoring various Beef 101 courses. Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) Director of Education and Outreach, Ali Cantrell, looks back at the year after wrapping up their final course for 2022 this past Friday. To learn more about Beef Checkoff funded activities in Alabama contact the ACA office in Montgomery.

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National FFA Officer Team Elected at the 95th Convention

Dan Education

The 2022-2023 National FFA Officer team was elected during the final session of the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Students from Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia were chosen as the National FFA Officers. Andrew Seibel of Virginia is the new national president. Jessica Herr of Pennsylvania was elected the national secretary. Ryan Williamson of …

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USDA Grant Signed to Connect Florida Schools with Underserved Farmers/Producers

Dan Education, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Funding

(FDACS/Tallahassee, FL/Nov. 1, 2022) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the signing of a $11.4 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program (LFS). The program provides grant funds to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness (FNW) to connect underserved farms with Florida schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) …

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Florida Beef Council Attends School Nutrition Conference

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education, Florida, Florida Beef Council (FBC)

Each year, the Florida Beef Council (FBC) attends various events where they talk with many people about the benefits of beef. And FBC Director of Education & Promotion, DeAnne Maples, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman she recently took part in an annual conference of those involved with school nutrition. For more information about Beef Checkoff promotions in Florida, contact the FBC office in …


New Report Shows Decade of Trends in School Meals

Dan Education, This Land of Ours, USDA-ERS

Tracking ten years of changes to produce in school lunches. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. One USDA department tracked changes in school lunches for the last ten years and found that a 2012 change in school meal nutrition standards drove changes in the type of foods schools purchased. USDA’s Economic Research Service found that following the change …

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$80 Million to Improve Nutrition in School Meals

Dan Education, This Land of Ours

The Biden Administration this week provided $50 million in grants for schools to invest in new food service equipment that will allow them to continue serving nutritious meals. The funding adds to the $30 million equipment grants the administration gave schools earlier this year. The announcement comes during National School Lunch Week, as designated by President Joe Biden. The added …

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Florida Ag Expo is Less Than a Month Away

Dan Education, Field Crops, Florida

While AgNet Media’s thoughts and prayers continue to be with Florida’s agriculture community as it rebuilds and recovers from Hurricane Ian, the company has made the decision to proceed with the Florida Ag Expo as scheduled. The hope is that the Expo will serve as a positive event to bring growers together during this difficult time. And here’s a reminder the event …