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Dr. Chad Carr
Dr. Chad Carr is the newest
addition to the UF/IFAS Department
of Animal Sciences, serving as the
Extension Meats Specialist. Dr.
Carr grew up in Bethpage, TN, 30
miles north of Nashville on a
diversified livestock operation, which included purebred
Hampshire hogs and commercial beef cattle production.
Dr. Carr received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University and
his PhD in Animal Science at the University of
Missouri. He and his fiance Cathy will be married in
September and plan to live in Williston.
Dr. Carr encourages you to contact him by phone
at (352) 392-2454 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Institute ofFood and Agcultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmatve Achon Employer authorized to provide research educational information and other
services only to individuals that function with regard to race, color sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publcations, contact your county
Cooperative Extension Service office.
Frsh Bronson Warns of
Flkrlda. Severe Economic
Florida Agriculture Unless Lake
Okeechobee Water Level Rises
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says consumers will
see food prices increase and the state faces serious
economic consequences if the prolonged drought in
southeast Florida continues. Total statewide economic
losses have already topped an estimated $100 million this
year, and are expected to surpass $1 billion over the next
two years if the current situation is not altered.
"Some agricultural industries like cattle, citrus and
sugar won't feel the worst of their financial pains until
2008 and 2009," Bronson said.
While the normal summer rains have eased the
severity of urban water shortages throughout the state,
many Floridians are unaware that agricultural producers
around Lake Okeechobee are facing ongoing water
shortages and storage dilemmas that will continue well
into next year and beyond.
In addition to providing a backup drinking water
supply for the densely populated communities of South
Florida and a critical supplemental water supply for the
Everglades, Lake Okeechobee stores irrigation water for
some 700,000 acres of agriculture considered by some
as the most productive farm land in the world.
"Agriculture around the lake is facing a dire
situation," Bronson said. "If there's any hope of avoiding
a financial meltdown, it's absolutely essential that the state,
the South Florida Water Management District and the
Army Corps of Engineers do everything possible to
increase water levels in Lake Okeechobee."
Even with the increasing rainfall in recent weeks,
Bronson believes that state agencies must find a way to
put more storage water back into the lake. Florida's "dry
season" starts in November, and most agricultural
producers do not feel that there is sufficient water to get
them through the critical period until next spring.
And without ample water, the state's valuable winter
vegetable production, citrus crop and sugar production
are in peril, Bronson said.
Many South Florida farmers have been under water
restrictions since November of 2006 and some are now
questioning the viability of even planting a fall crop.
"This is tough situation," Bronson said. "Think about
it; would you invest hundreds-of-thousands of dollars
planting crops with the prospects of having an insufficient
water supply to keep them alive?"
Bronson stressed that agriculture losses will no doubt
also show up in lost tax revenues, unemployment and
higher food prices.
"It's not just about farm profitability; it affects
everyone who eats and relies on the economy," he said.
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Release August 7, 2007
USDA USDA Announces
S Sign-up Dates for New
Livestock and Crop
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced
sign-up dates for the new Livestock Compensation
Program, Livestock Indemnity Program, and Crop Disaster
Program. The three ad hoc disaster programs provide
benefits to farmers and ranchers who suffered losses
caused by natural disasters in recent years.
Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can
apply to receive benefits under the Livestock
Compensation Program (LCP) and Livestock Indemnity
Program (LIP) beginning September 10, 2007. Eligible
farmers can sign-up for the Crop Disaster Program (CDP)
beginning October 15, 2007, if they suffered quantity losses
to their crops. USDA will announce and conduct CDP
sign-up for quality losses as soon as possible.
LCP compensates livestock producers for feed
losses occurring between January 1, 2005, and February
28, 2007, due to a natural disaster. This can include
producers who suffered losses resulting from blizzards
that started in 2006 and continued into January 2007.
Livestock producers may elect to receive compensation
for calendar year 2007 grazing season losses that are
attributable to wildfire natural disasters occurring during
the applicable period as determined by the Secretary of
Agriculture. Producers in primary counties declared
secretarial disaster areas or certain counties declared
presidential disaster areas between January 1, 2005, and
February 28, 2007, are eligible as are producers located
in counties contiguous to those counties. Also, producers
in a primary (or contiguous) county that received an
Administrator's Physical Loss Notice directly associated
with a disaster declaration made by President Bush may
also be eligible. Producers incurring a loss in more than
one of the 2005, 2006, or 2007 calendar years must choose
only one year for which they want to apply for benefits.
LIP compensates livestock producers for livestock
losses between January 1, 2005, and February 28, 2007,
that resulted from natural disasters, including losses due
to blizzards that started in 2006 and continued into January
2007. Producers in primary counties declared secretarial
disaster areas or certain counties declared presidential
disaster areas between January 1, 2005, and February
28, 2007, are eligible as are producers located in counties
contiguous to those counties. Also, producers in a primary
(or contiguous) county that received an Administrator's
Physical Loss Notice directly associated with a disaster
declaration made by President Bush may also be eligible.
Producers incurring eligible livestock losses in more than
one of the 2005, 2006, or 2007 calendar years must choose
only one year for which they want to apply for benefits.
CDP provides benefits to farmers who suffered
quantity and quality losses to 2005, 2006, or 2007 crops
from natural disasters if the crop was planted before
February 28, 2007, or, in the case of prevented plantings,
for crops that would have been planted before February
28,2007. Producers who incurred qualifying losses in 2005,
2006, or 2007 must choose only one year to apply for
benefits. Producers may apply for benefits for losses to
multiple commodities as long as the losses occurred in the
same crop year. Only producers who obtained crop
insurance coverage or coverage under the Noninsured
Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the year
of loss will be eligible for CDP benefits. Producers must
have suffered quantity losses in excess of 35 percent to
be eligible for CDP.
On May 25, 2007, President George W. Bush signed
into law the "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care,
Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations
Act, 2007" (2007 Act). The 2007 Act authorizes LCP,
LIP and CDP. It also authorizes funding forthe Emergency
Forestry Conservation Reserve Program (EFCRP),
Emergency Conservation Program and Dairy Disaster
Assistance Program III (DDAP-III). USDA recently
announced sign-up for EFCRP and the distribution of funds
to 18 states under ECP. USDA will announce and conduct
sign-up for DDAP-III as soon as possible. USDA's Farm
Service Agency (FSA) is charged with administering the
More information about LCP, LIP, and CDP is
available in a fact sheet titled, Agricultural
Assistance Act of 2007, found on FSA's Web site,
http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on Disaster Assistance
Programs. USDA is developing individual fact sheets about
these programs that will be posted online.
Phone: (202) 720-4178
Phone: (202) 720-4623
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Release -August 24, 2007
00 Encouraged To
Apply For Beef
Applications are being accepted for the 2008 Beef
Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National
Cattlemen's Foundation and the CME Group. All entries
must be postmarked by October 5, 2007.
Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to
young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. The
program encourages talented and thoughtful students who
have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef
industry, either through classes, internships or life
experience. Graduating high school seniors or full-time
undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-
year college for the 2008-2009 academic year are
encouraged to apply.
Applications must include a 750-word essay that
identifies a key issue confronting the beef industry and
suggests a solution. Applicants must also submit a letter
expressing future career goals and two letters of
recommendation. A full description the scholarship
program and application requirements can be found at
the National Cattlemen's Foundation website: http://
or obtained by calling (303) 850-3345.
In addition to a scholarship, the first-place winner
will receive airfare and lodging to attend the Cattle
Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Reno,
NV, February 6-9, 2008.
The Beef Industry Scholarship Program is a
cooperative effort of the CME Group and the National
Cattlemen's Foundation. It was launched in 1989 to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Live Cattle Futures
Contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The CME
Group has been a leader in the live cattle market since
1964, and the Beef Industry Scholarship Program
exemplifies its commitment to the beef industry.
SOURCE: Joe Schuele
Phone: (303) 850-3360
Release -August 15, 2007
Florida Farm Bureau
AWednesday, October 10, 2007-
SFriday, October 12, 2007
New this year! Youth between 13-18 years old will
compete in teams of 4 participants by answering
agricultural questions. Teams will compete at the Florida
Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach on
October 10th, 2007.
The Farm Bureau Youth Quiz Bowl Registration
Form can be downloaded from http://
Teams will be quizzed on a brief understanding of
the following Subject Areas: Farm Bureau 101, Field and
Specialty Crops, Livestock, Natural Resources and the
Environment, Agriculture History, AgriTechnology,
Agriculture Issues and Civics and Government.
The registration deadline is September 10th and due
to limited space, only the first eight
teams to register will compete. You won't want to miss
Prizes: For winning First Place each team member
will receive one free ticket to either Busch Gardens or
Sea World (you choose) and the team will jointly receive
$200! Each member of the second place team receives
one free ticket to either Busch Gardens or Sea World
Please contact Rachel Kudelko at 352-378-8100 ext.
1030 for more information.
Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service is
reviewing several proposals for the production and delivery
of 1.5 million radio frequency ear tags that are compliant
with National Animal Identification System standards.
These ear tags will be used to uniquely identify U.S.
livestock that are part of current animal disease programs,
particularly within geographic regions where bovine
tuberculosis testing and the brucellosis calfhood
vaccination programs are most active.
For more information about NAIS, visit http://
Ann Bagel Storck
Release: August 28, 2007