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USDA Program Feeds Children During Summer Months

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Education, This Land of Ours

States and territories issue $12.5 billion in USDA’s Summer Child Food Benefits program. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered with 32 states and territories to provide summer food buying benefits to families with children. The states and territories provide an estimated $12.5 billion in temporary nutrition benefits to approximately 32 million children. …

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New Children’s Book on the Life of Norman Borlaug

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Education, This Land of Ours

A new book from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture teaches children about the life of Norman Borlaug. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hero for the Hungry is the latest book from Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture, Feeding Minds Press. Author of the book, Peggy Thomas, says it shows readers how to use science …

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A Healthy You, A Healthy Farm Hosted Mental Health Training in Troy

Dan Alabama, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), Education

(ADAI/TROY, AL) — Leaders from several organizations across the state of Alabama participated in a QPR, (Question, Persuade, Refer) training hosted by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI). The trainings are a vital part of the A Healthy You, A Healthy Farm initiative. The Alabama Department of Mental Health, an essential partner in this initiative, is assisting in …

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Major School Nutrition Program Spending Declined During Pandemic

Dan Education, This Land of Ours

A decline in school nutrition program spending. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program typically make up the largest share of child nutrition program expenditures. In fiscal year 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, spending on the two programs amounted to about $18.7 billion, nearly 80 percent of the $23.6 billion …

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ADAI Pate responds to Borden Dairy Production Facility Closures

Dan Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), Dairy, Education

(ADAI/MONTGOMERY, AL/08-24-2022) — The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is aware of the upcoming closure of the Borden Dairy production facilities in Dothan, Ala. and Hattiesburg, Miss. on September 30 and the effect it will have on school milk contracts. Borden Dairy packages 8 oz. cartons of milk for schools, so while the packaging will be limited, the supply …

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Florida State FFA Officers Participate in Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo

Dan Citrus Expo News, Education, Florida

The 2022 Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo took place last week in North Fort Myers, Florida, where more than 150 exhibitors from six different countries were on hand. Attendees from across the Southeast were in attendance of the annual event, which involved both citrus and specialty crop growers. And a big presence was also noted once again this year by the Florida State …

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Fruits, Vegetables, Top Local Foods Purchased by Schools

Dan Education, Field Crops, Fruits, Vegetables

Many U.S. school food authorities purchase local foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, and proteins for their district’s cafeterias. In addition to buying locally produced foods, many school districts participate in other farm to school activities, such as product-specific promotions, taste tests of local foods, onsite edible gardens, and field trips to farms. Approximately two-thirds of U.S. school districts participated …

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UF/IFAS Holds Emerging Agricultural Enterprises Summit

Dan Education, Field Crops, Florida, Specialty Crops

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently held their Emerging Agricultural Enterprises Summit. The event is a gathering of the entire statewide IFAS team dedicated to alternative crops. They delved into some of the hottest prospects, looking at what needs more work. UF-IFAS Senior Vice President Dr. Scott Angle explained to Southeast AgNet the goal of the emerging enterprises initiative, …

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Scholarships to Help Producers Attend Cattle Industry Convention

Dan Cattle, Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The 2023 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show will be held February 1-3, 2023 in New Orleans, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is offering funding to help offset some costs for producers. Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary Education Package registration and discounted housing accommodations for three nights. Scholarships will be awarded to up to five beef cattle industry members, …

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Scholarships to Help Producers Attend Cattle Industry Convention

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The 2023 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show will be held February 1-3, 2023 in New Orleans, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is offering funding to help offset some costs for producers. Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary Education Package registration and discounted housing accommodations for three nights. Scholarships will be awarded to up to five beef cattle industry members, …