Non-Traditional Ag States Make Significant Contributions to U.S. Ag Industry

Learn more about the agricultural commodities grown and produced in ag states not typically associated with farming.

Agriculture is a major U.S. industry that has a strong global impact, with 2.1 million farms across rural America and $140.5 billion worth of American agricultural products exported around the globe in 2017. Despite the industry’s broad impact, many states aren’t commonly thought of as “ag states” – particularly those with extreme weather conditions and/or several large, densely populated metropolitan areas.Read More

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What to Expect at the 2018 FCA Annual Convention, June 19-21

Explore the offerings of the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s annual cattle convention.

June is cattle convention time in Florida; and it’s a time to explore topics important to the cattle industry in Florida, delegate, network, and have a good time. Slated for June 19th to the 21st at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, the 2018 Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention promises a lot of information and a great deal of fun for cattle producers from all over the state. See a sneak peak of the convention’s activities and festivities, below.Read More

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Agritechnology and Beef Cattle: RFID Update

Technology has always helped agriculture to improve and succeed; RFID and cattle are a case in point.

The need to track cattle has been a requirement for beef cattle ranchers and dairy farmers alike for as long as there has been livestock to count, and new technology is making it easier than ever. Agritechnology concerning RFID and cattle is advancing in leaps and bounds, meaning an RFID—Radio-frequency identification—can do such more than simply identify the cattle in your herd. Explore the latest updates in livestock management using RFID tech for cattle below.Read More

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The Truth About Grass-Fed Beef

Learn about grass-fed beef benefits as well as why some consumers may prefer grain-fed beef.

Have you ever wondered about the differences between grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef (or beef from a conventionally raised cow) – aside from the price difference in the grocery store? If so, you’re in luck. We’re examining the grass-fed beef pros and cons along with the market for grass-fed beef and the potential health benefits grass-fed beef products may offer. Read More

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Women in Ag: A Tradition that Will No Doubt Continue

Read how the importance of women in ag is one of the many vital lessons agriculture can teach us.

Everywhere you look in agriculture, there are stories of the strength of our country’s family farming traditions. In my most recent column in Central Florida Ag News, I shared lessons that my own family ranch has taught me, and one of them was that women are an important part of the agriculture equation. Whether it’s a story of two daughters continuing their late father’s legacy on the family ranch or the lessons learned on a five-generation cattle and citrus operation, the family farm has always benefited from women in ag. With 97 percent of the nation’s farms falling under the “family farm” designation, women’s leadership roles in agriculture will only increase going forward.Read More

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Dairy Industry: What You Need to Know About the Margin Protection Program

See the changes in dairy industry margin protection offered by the USDA’s Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy)

Especially with the re-enrollment deadline of June 1st fast approaching.

The dairy industry is an important one in the U.S., but it’s also one that is constantly stuck between low dairy prices and high feed prices. At times, the state of these two conditions means a dairy operation isn’t able to make a profit. In order to ensure a strong dairy industry, the USDA started the MPP-Dairy to offer the country’s dairy industry margin protection. Some significant changes have been made recently to the program that dairy operators should be aware of. See the details of those changes below.Read More

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Agritechnology and the Dairy Cattle Industry: Milking it for Everything its Worth

Dairy cattle technology offers the same key benefits as all other precision agriculture technologies:

Savings and Increased Yields.

Precision agriculture has proven itself when it comes to saving time and energy for the farmer, and increasing harvests, but what about precision dairy technology? It isn’t often that dairy cattle technology is discussed, but it offers the same types of benefits as precision ag tech that’s utilized in the field. Explore the advantages of technology used in the dairy industry below.Read More

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A Special Look at the Floriculture Industry in Honor of Mother’s Day

Getting flowers for mom on Mother’s Day?

You may have the Southeast floriculture industry to thank for the bouquet or potted plant.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and that means the products of Southeast Floriculture will be greeting moms all over the U.S. in addition to cards and breakfast cooked by someone else. The floriculture industry thrives in the Southeast and other parts of the country, supplying the bouquets and potted plants that mothers receive on this occasion. Take a look at the floriculture industry , and a Mother’s Day special—carnations—below.Read More

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Celebrate National Beef Month

May is Beef Month, making this the perfect time to learn more about the U.S. beef industry.

From the farmers and ranchers to the processors, thousands of Americans play an integral role in the journey of beef from the field to the market, and we celebrate all those involved in the process throughout May with National Beef Month.Read More

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