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UF/UGA 2008 Corn Sialge Field Day
UF/IFAS PlantScience andEducation Research Unit
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The 2008 Corn Silage and Forage Field Day has been
scheduled for Thursday, May 29, 2008, at the UF/IFAS
Plant Science and Education Research Unit; Citra, FL.
There is no charge for this event, but registrations should
be mailed by May 19, 2008, or faxed to Pam Gross at
(352) 392-9059, by May 27, 2008, to ensure your
reservation for a sponsored lunch. To register or to view
the agenda, please visit http://animal.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/
For program information concerning the Corn Silage
Field Day, please contact Jerry Wasdin at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (352) 392-1120.
For registration information, please contact Pam Gross
at email@example.com or (352) 392-1916.
Dr Geoffrey Dahl, Chairman, Department of
Animal Sciences, University of Florida
Dr Jerry Bennett, Chairman, Department of
Agronomy, University of Florida
Dr John Bernard, Dairy Nutritionist,
University of Georgia
9:05 Corn and Sorghum Seed ReDs
10:15 First Rotation
A. Fertility Efficiencies and Crop
Alternatives for Reduced Fertilizer Needs
1. "Using Management to Reduce Fertilizer
Cost" Dr David Wright, University of Florida
2. "Getting the Most Out of Your Fertilizer
Dollar" Dr Glen Harris, University of
3. "Alternative Summer Annual Forage Crops"
Dr Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia
4. Improving Animal Performance with Warm
Season Legumes" Dr Gbola Adesogan,
University of Florida
B. Managing for Drought Growing
1. "Feeding Drought Stressed Corn" -
Dr Charlie Staples, University of Florida
2. "Economics of Sorghums vs Corn"
Dr Curt Lacy, University of Georgia
3. "Feeding Value of Sorghum and Annual
Forages" Dr John Bernard, University of
4. Feed Options When the Grass Doesn't
Grow" Dr Matt Hersom, University of
10:30 Break and travel to next rotation
11:30 Second Rotation
A. See above
B. See above
- Jerry Wasdin, University of Florida 1:00 Lunch
- Don Day, University of Georgia 1:00 Field Demonstrations
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USDA USDA Implements Key
. Strategy From National
System Business Plan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has
announced that it has implemented a key strategy from
its Business Plan to Advance Animal Disease Traceability
by providing National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
compliant "840" radio frequency (RF) eartags to animal
health officials for use in the bovine tuberculosis (TB)
NAIS-compliant "840" tags provide for individual
identification of livestock through a 15-digit number
beginning with the U.S. country code. Through the use of
radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the
"840" tags allow animal health officials to electronically
identify an animal. This increases the efficiency of animal
disease investigations that involve the tracing of exposed
and potentially infected animals. RFID technology also
increases the accuracy of recording the animal's 15-digit
animal identification number (AIN). USDA has purchased
total of 1.5 million "840" RF animal identification tags to
support animal disease control programs, including the
bovine TB and brucellosis programs.
"Using NAIS-compliant tags with RF technology
establishes a consistent data format across our animal
disease programs. It will also increase the efficiency and
accuracy of the on-ground animal health task force
conducting bovine TB testing and response," said Bruce
Knight, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory
programs. "This effort supports a key strategy outlined in
our business plan and is another step toward reaching
NAIS' ultimate goal of 48-hour traceability."
Recently, USDA shipped 28,000 tags to California
to support bovine TB testing as part of an ongoing
investigation. So far, total of 6,600 cattle in two California
herds have been tagged with "840" devices. The goal is
to link the cattle to their premises of origin, so that if there
is an outbreak in the future the movements of the infected
animals can be quickly traced. Bovine tuberculosis
investigations are currently occurring in several States.
Since 2002, bovine TB detections in six states have
required the destruction of more than 25,000 cattle. USDA
has tested over 787,000 animals in response to TB
outbreaks since 2004.
RF tags have been used in beef and dairy operations
for management and marketing purposes for several years.
Incorporating AIN RF tags into animal disease programs
promotes the standardization of identification methods and
technology so that they can be used by producers and
animal health officials for multiple purposes.
Currently, there are five USDA-approved
manufacturers that produce eight devices for official NAIS
use. Seven of these devices are RFID eartags, while the
other device is an injectable transponder to be used in
horses and other farm animals not intended to enter the
food production chain.
NAIS is a modem, streamlined information system
that helps producers and animal health officials respond
quickly and effectively to events affecting animal health
in the United States. NAIS utilizes premises registration,
animal identification and animal tracing components to
both locate potentially diseased animals and eliminate
animals from disease suspicion. It is a state-federal-
industry partnership, which is voluntary at the federal level.
For more information on NAIS, go to http://www.usda.gov/
Phone: (301) 734-0595
Phone: (202) 720-4623
U.S.D.A.; Washington D.C.
Release- April 15, 2008
T Five Florida Families Receive Century Pioneer Family
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today
announced that five Florida properties have qualified for recognition as Century Pioneer Family
Farms. Recognition in this program means the families have maintained continuous ownership
of the property for at least 100 years.
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Five Florida Families Receive Century Pioneer Family Farm Designation ...continued from page 3
The families that qualified are:
+ Terrie B. Ellis and Maribeth B. Wood, in Gadsden County
+ Ben Fant and Margaret Fant Blagg, in Levy County
+ James W. Stokley Jr., in Wakulla County
+ Lise Renee Andrews, in Marion County
+ Jim Tiller, in Washington County
"These families have been able to retain ownership of their land through the Great Depression, diseases,
droughts, freezes and the urbanization of Florida," Bronson said. "That is a great tribute to the many generations
of these families."
The 160-acre Tilller property is mostly now in timber production, but previously was the site of the Tiller
Saw Mill. The Fant-Blagg property has 600 acres and has been used for cattle grazing and pine tree production.
The Stokley property has 17 acres of pine trees and is part of the old Grimes Bay property. The Andrews
property is 46 acres and is used to raise black angus cattle. The 215-acre Sullivan Family Farm, owned by
Terrie Ellis and Maribeth Wood, features hay and pine tree production, which replaced shade tobacco.
Since the program began 25 years ago, 144 family farms have received the Century Pioneer Family
Farm designation. The program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services with assistance of the Florida Agricultural Museum.
For more information, contact Richard Gunnels at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 488-3022, or visit
SOURCE: Richard Gunnels
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Release April 10, 2008 1
Bush Will Veto Farm Bill
They've hinted. They've warned. And now the Administration said it straight out: President Bush will veto the
2007 farm bill.
"I have visited face to face with our President and he was direct and plain. The President will veto this bill,"
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said in a statement, just hours after House and Senate conferees held a news
conference to announce completion of the bill.
Schafer said the bill failed to include much needed reform and increased spending by nearly $20 billion.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) responded quickly to Schafer's statement with
his own. "Like any compromise bill resulting from hard bargaining among regional and other interests, this farm bill is
far from perfect. But no piece of legislation is perfect. It includes significant reforms, as well as these major advances.
It deserves the President's signature."
SOURCE: Janie Gabbett
Release May 9, 2008