Ag Recreation: Fall Hunting Safety Tips

Don Harden’s review on ag recreation hunting safety.

September means the start of hunting season in much of the Southeast, and it’s a good time to brush up on safety when it comes to using bows and firearms. Hunting safety begins with each of us so that ag recreation in all its forms can be enjoyed by everyone. In my last article in Central Florida Ag News, I discussed archery safety—both for ag recreation and hunting—and you can find those tips below for the start of bow hunting season. We’ll also review the four basic rules of firearm safety, which you should know in addition to the further details given in a hunting safety class state law may require prior to getting your hunting licenses or tags.
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Power of 10: 10 Wild Game to Hunt in the Southeast this Fall

If you’re ready for hunting season, make sure your tags are in order for these top 10 wild game to hunt this fall in the Southeast.

As the calendar turns towards fall, many people look forward to the beginning of hunting season. While every state in the U.S. offers hunting of some kind, the Southeast is prime hunting grounds due to temperate weather that makes for plentiful game. Also, the season for some game starts earlier than states to the north. Check out the top 10 wild game to hunt in the Southeast, and make hunting plans now!
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Texas Cattle History: The History of the Stockyards

The history of the Stockyards is deeply tied to Texas cattle history.

Fort Worth, Texas is known as the town “where the West begins,” and if you’re talking about the West and Texas cattle history, you couldn’t be more accurate. Fort Worth is the home of the Stockyards. Many would argue that beef cattle and cattle drives put the West on the map, and the Stockyards and Fort Worth played a pivotal role in the development of cattle history in Texas. Discover how Fort Worth’s Texas cattle history was impacted by the Stockyards, below.Read More


Power of 10: Top 10 Pollinators in Agriculture

Explore the important role played by pollinators in agriculture.

Did you know that pollinators in agriculture are responsible for pollinating approximately 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops? According to AgPollinators.org, about one out of every four bites of food or sips of a beverage is made possible because of pollinators. Explore the top 10 pollinators below, and find out how everyone can help pollinators.
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Father’s Day in the Animal Kingdom: the Cattle Industry, the Farm, and the Wild

Father’s Day is one to celebrate in the cattle industry and the animal kingdom, too.

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s not only human fathers who have cause to celebrate the third Sunday in June. While many male animals in the animal kingdom have little to do with the raising of their offspring, dads are important in the cattle industry and beyond. Read below to find some of the best dads in the animal kingdom and agriculture industry.Read More


A Look at Dairy Industry Statistics for National Dairy Month

Find dairy industry facts for dairy month.

June is National Dairy Month, and that means it’s time to show the dairy industry some love for all of the delicious and nutritious dairy products made possible by the hard work of the nation’s dairy farmers. Read about the history of National Dairy Month, learn fun facts to share over cheese, ice cream or a cold glass of milk, and explore dairy farm loans with the nation’s premier land lender, below.Read More


Florida Aquaculture – A Look at Farm-Raised Fish

Discover the farm-raised fish of Florida’s aquaculture industry.

Florida’s aquaculture industry spans a wide array of operations, from raising fish and animals for the pet industry to raising and harvesting an array of fish and seafood for consumption. Farm-raised fish are a large part of Florida’s aquaculture industry. We already covered the alligator industry portion of Florida’s aquaculture in an earlier blog; explore the details of the farm-raised fish sector below.Read More


Just Before Memorial Day – The Beef Industry and Hamburger Day

Take a big bite:  beef industry statistics in celebration of National Hamburger Day.

May 28th is National Hamburger Day, and it’s apt that it’s the Sunday right before Memorial Day. While Memorial Day is set aside in observance of those who died while serving in the armed forces, it is also the unofficial start to summer. Many hold Memorial Day picnics during the weekend, and—thanks to the beef industry—hamburgers take center stage. Below, find beef industry statistics to regale your fellow picnic-goers with, plus a few of the top burgers on the grill recipes to kick the festivities up a notch.Read More


Ag Commodity: Florida Aquaculture and the Alligator Industry

The role alligators play in Florida’s aquaculture industry.

Aquaculture is big in Florida; the state is a peninsula surrounded by saltwater and full of lakes and waterways. The alligator industry has been an important part of Florida aquaculture ever since the alligator was taken off the Endangered Species List in 1987. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), there are over 1 million wild alligators in Florida’s lakes, rivers, swamps, and marshes. However, the aquaculture farming of alligators helps reduce illegal poaching while supplying the alligator meat and skins that consumers want. Explore the alligator industry side of Florida’s aquaculture farming systems.Read More


Mother’s Day in the Animal Kingdom and Livestock Industry

Take a look at the awesome mothers in the livestock industry and the animal kingdom.

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, but human mothers aren’t the only ones who deserve recognition on this day celebrating everything about moms. There are many animals in the livestock industry that are excellent mothers, and many wild animals that are protected by agricultural lands that are naturally good at being a mom, too. Explore fun facts about the best animal mothers from the animal kingdom below in honor of Mother’s Day.Read More


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