FCA News

  • Dec. Jr. Trail

    December is a wonderful time of the year! Christmas trees, lights, cheerful music, and nativity scenes are what fills the air and surrounds us. This is also a time to give to others, and the JFCA are taking full advantage of that! For the past couple of years we have as juniors have donated various items to Operation Shoebox, an organization that sends care packages…

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  • Sweetheart’s Dec. Message


    Happy December Y’all! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed some time with their family, in the woods or at home. We have so much to be thankful for! This past month I got to go to the Southern Women’s Show in Orlando with the American National Cattlewomen. We had a booth set up and handed out delicious Beef Checkoff samples and recipe…

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  • Dec. FCW Report


    What a fun time we had at the second annual Romp in the Swamp, the charity mud run in Plant City on November first!  Our team Beef did such a great job traversing the course on a very cold morning.  Ashley Hughes, Beth Hunt and Chrissy Grimmer braved the chilly wind and a challenging set of obstacles to spread the word about Beef.  Michelle and…

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  • Florida Cattlewomen Sporting Clay Fun Shoot

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    January 10, 2015 Quail Creek Plantation Okeechobee, FL Participation Levels Team of 4 – $404 (4 Shooters for 100 targets, 4 lunches, one station sign) Individual – $100 (100 Targets and lunch) Trophies for High Team, Individual Lady and Youth. Registration opens at 8 a.m.  and complimentary continental breakfast served 8 – 9 a.m. Preregistration encouraged by Dec. 31, but walk-ups welcome Resources for Download:…

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  • Sweetheart’s Nov. Message


    What a busy month is has been! This year is flying by. Hunting seasons are opening, cold fronts are moving in, and we are close to the holidays. I have enjoyed traveling the state and getting to meet with so many of you. The past weeks were full of events and I got to attend some very interesting meetings. I am so lucky to be…

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  • Nov. Jr. Trail


    November, my favorite month of the year! Not only is this my favorite month, it is also the season for my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is a joyous and very tasty time of the year. I always enjoy seeing my whole family, watching some football, and of course enjoying great food. It is also the perfect time to be thankful for all we have. Now you…

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  • Nov. FCW Report

    Sarabeth Barthle-Simmons, Patti  Barthle, Kim Cravey and Denise Colgan with FCW; Desta Crawford and Evelyn Brown  of ANCW; Katlyn and Tory, two of our National Beef Ambassadors with ANCW at the  Southern Women's Show.

    What a wonderful time we had at the Southern Women’s Show!  We talked to so many people about the nutritious, delicious benefits of beef, and then gave them a sample of some of the prize-winning recipes from the National Beef Check-Off Recipe contest. Our booth was one of the most popular at the show for visitors and vendors both!  Besides samples we had several stations…

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  • 2014 Ranch Rodeo Winners

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    The Florida Cattlemen’s Association and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation would like to thank all the volunteers, participants and sponsors for helping us make this event a great success.  Click image for more photos and a list of the award winners.

  • Oct. FCW Report


    We are getting ready for our Southern Women’s Show on October 9-12 in Orlando!  If you haven’t signed on to help give Kim Cravey a call [(407) 948-7031] and volunteer.  I am so excited to work with ANCW and the group of ladies that work these events!  I always learn something new when working with them.  The booth is going to be huge and so…

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  • Oct. Jr. Trail


    I just want to say that I hope you all had a great time at the Ranch Rodeo and Heritage Festival, because I know I did! It was truly a successful event and I want to say a big THANK YOU to the Cattlemen’s Foundation, Mr.  & Mrs. Hobby and the entire committee that helps plan, direct and operate the event. You all do a…

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  • Sweetheart’s Oct. Message


    It has been a very exciting month for me and I could not be happier! I have been very busy and attended several fun events. First of all I need to say a HUGE thank you to the entire Kempfer family for allowing me to come and live and work with them. I absolutely love it and have learned so much already. Even when I…

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  • North Florida Cattlemen’s Association District Meeting, October 7

    Don’t miss the North Florida Cattlemen’s Association District Meeting and Educational Seminar on October 7 at Circle R Ranch.  Registration begins at 3pm and a steak dinner will be served at 6:15 pm.  See flyer for more information.  To RSVP please call 386-752-5384 or email columbia@ifas.ufl.edu. Registration deadline is October 6.

  • EPA and Corps Attempt to Steal Private Property Rights in Florida

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    Florida could be facing upwards of 43,836 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. While the agencies continue to claim their proposal does not expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, new interactive maps developed by a coalition of agricultural groups, including the National Cattlemen’s…

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  • Sept. Jr. Trail

    Hello again! I hope you all enjoyed my article last month as much as I enjoyed writing it. The months of July and August brought the Junior Cattlemen’s many good times and memories. In the month of July the officers and board of directors had our annual retreat in Crystal River/Homosassa River. It was a lot of fun and we got a lot planned out…

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  • FCW Report


    What a wonderful week Kim Cravey, Patty Barthle, Sarah Childs and I had in Denver for the Summer Conference for ANCW!  Besides having some nice cool weather it was so nice to see friends from other states and hear fresh, new ideas from other ANCW members.  It was five days for me to absorb, share and brainstorm with our other CattleWomen from across the nation!…

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  • Sweetheart’s Sept. Message


    I have had a great time so far representing our industry and promoting beef. I have already had many conversations with consumers about nutritional info, health benefits, production methods, and other facts about beef. I love teaching people and clearing up myths. There are so many people out there that still need to know our story. In July I got to attend the JFCA Beef…

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  • Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation Recognizes 15 Years Unveils New Logo Showcasing Florida Cattle Industry


    KISSIMMEE, FL – The Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, a non-profit 501(c-3) organization whose mission is to: support beef cattle research; support education related to beef cattle and the development of young leadership and; preserve Florida cattle ranching history and culture. In 2014, the Foundation celebrates 15 years of achievements and unveils a new logo that demonstrates its continued commitment to the Florida cattle ranching industry. “The…

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  • Integrated Pest Management Resources Available Online

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    If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL where the 300 acre farm…

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  • Submit Comments to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority


    The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities…

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  • Aug. FCW Report

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    Hello fellow BEEF lovers! The summer seems to be passing quickly as we head into the back-to-school season. We are going to be losing all that ‘free’ summer help from our kids and grandkids as well as the luxury of sharing our love of the land and God’s creatures. Soon they will be sitting in their classrooms while we wish we had just one more…

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  • Aug. Jr. Trail


    Hello there! My name is Anna Conrad, and I was selected as the new JFCA President at the Convention in June representing Hillsborough County. I am 16 years old and have been active in the association since I was 8 years old. I am a 5th generation cattle rancher, and I love it more than anything. I’m also very active in the FFA and 4H…

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  • Sweetheart’s August Message

    Katey McClenny

    Let me start by saying how blessed and excited I am to have been chosen as your new Sweetheart. It is such an honor and I am truly blessed beyond words. There are so many people to thank- first my family for supporting and helping me through all of this. I couldn’t have done it without y’all. I would also like to thank the Strickland…

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  • Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

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    Dr. Mike Short to Serve as State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the…

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  • FDACS Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Woman of Year in Agriculture Award

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erin Gillespie July 14, 2014 (850) 617-7737 Twitter: @FDACSNews Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award Award Honors Women for Their Outstanding Contributions to Florida Agriculture Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants your nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture…

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  • Seventh Annual FCA Whip Popping Contest Saturday September 27, 2014


    Plan now to enter the annual Whip Popping contest to be held at the Florida Ranch Rodeo State Finals & Heritage Festival, Saturday September 27, 2013 at the Silver Spurs Arena/Osceola heritage Park in Kissimmee. Competition will begin with first go round at Noon and finals at 2:00pm at the Doyle Conner Corral in the Osceola Heritage Park on Saturday, September. 27. First place wins…

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  • Dr. James Maxwell, New Chief of the Bureau of Animal Disease Control

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    Dr. James Maxwell has been selected as the new Chief of the Bureau of Animal Disease Control effective immediately. Dr. Maxwell received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. He has been with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for over 13 years. Most recently, Dr. Maxwell served as the Laboratory Director in the Bureau of Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Maxwell will be…

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  • Gators Discounted Ticket Offer

    The Florida Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special ticket offer for all Florida Cattlemen’s Association members as well as their family and friends for the Gators homecoming game on Saturday October 18 against the Missouri Tigers! To take advantage of this offer, go here and type CATTLE in the promo code box.

  • Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum

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    Save the Date: Thursday Sept. 25 @ 11:30 in Orlando This September, Farm Credit/Ag Institute will host the tenth quadrennial Farm Credit/Ag Institutes Candidates Forum, an event that has historically attracted over 300 of the state’s agricultural leaders to hear the gubernatorial candidate’s agricultural platforms. They key to making this event successful is not just attracting the candidates, but important members of the Florida agriculture…

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  • July FCW Report


    Wow, what a month!  If you went to Marco for the FCA convention I know that you had a good time.  The Marco Island Marriott loves to see us and I have been told that we are one of their favorite groups.  Kudos to Wes and Darren Williamson for the wonderful menu choices and to the Marriott for serving them so well! We CattleWomen had…

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  • Sweetheart’s July Message

    I cannot believe it is July already! And I cannot believe that this is the last  time I will write to you. This year has been more than amazing. I would have not  been able to do everything that I was able to do this year if it had not been for Sweetheart. I have met some amazing people and went to some beautiful  places….

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  • Sweetheart’s June Message

    Harley Zoeckler

    Hello Again Cattlemen! April was another busy month for me. The Sweetheart Orientation was held in Bartow and I got a chance to meet the new Sweetheart contestants that will be competing at convention. I wish each one of you the best of luck. I would also like to thank Bridget Carlisle for giving up her Saturdays so that we were able to use the…

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  • June FCW Report


    Are you ready for the convention? I am! Sandy beaches, cool water and meetings that give you the latest information from the Beef Industry. Wahoo! This year we are greeting you in true CattleWomen fashion; our Ice Cream Social and a fashion show! We are giving away a diamond bracelet, thanks to the Florida Livestock Association, at our Board of Directors meeting as well as…

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  • 2014 Farm Bill Meeting

    June 18, 9 a.m.-12 noon, Mid-Florida Research & Education Ctr Auditorium, 2725 South Binion Road, Apopka, FL  32703. Public meeting for local farmers and ranchers about new Farm Bill changes. Contact: Chuck O’Rourke, 407-847-4465 x 3. Farm Bill Meeting Explains Programs to Farmers, Ranchers WHAT:  Public meeting for local farmers and ranchers explains new Farm Bill changes and financial assistance programs. WHERE:  UF/IFAS/Mid-Florida Research &…

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  • Watch FCIATS Video Presentations


      Dr. Paul Genho – The Future of Agriculture in a a Global Market Dr. Clay Mathis – A Systems Approach to Ranching Dean Nick Place – Extension Update to Florida Cattlemen Dr. Rick Funston – Fetal Programming Dr. Matt Spangler – Crosbred vs Straightbred

  • May FCW Report


    Howdy to all Cattlemen and CattleWomen in the Sunshine State!  It has been a great month.  First, let me thank Fresh From Florida and the Florida Tourist Development Council for their wonderful street party up in Tallahassee.  It was the perfect ending to a perfect day up on the Hill as we spread the good news about the Cattle Industry and highlighted concerns that are…

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  • May Jr. Trail

    Attention all JFCA members! The State Convention is quickly approaching! I hope everyone is studying hard for the Quiz Bowl competition and practicing diligently for your Team Marketing Presentations and Speeches! Your county needs to send in their registration for teams by MAY 30TH.

  • Sweetheart’s May Message

    Hello Cattlemen! It was so good being able to see most of you at the quarterly in Tallahassee! This was my first time going to Tallahassee and walking around the capitol, and it was definitely an amazing experience. When talking with the senators, you find out how passionate our cattlemen are about issues that will later on affect us. After leaving Tallahassee, I had the…

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  • Sweetheart’s April Message

    Harley Zoeckler

    Hello Again Cattlemen! I have been very busy over the last few weeks. First of all, the Florida State Fair was amazing again this year. I had so much fun talking one on one with people about beef and handing out delicious beef samples. I would like to thank all of the cattlewomen that gave up their time from their busy schedules to work at…

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  • April Jr. Trail


    Hey everyone! I wanted to thank everyone that attended the Legislative Quarterly in Tallahassee this past month. We had a great representation of JFCA members at the Capitol! During this quarterly meeting we went around the Capitol, and talked to different Representatives and Senators …

  • April FCW Report

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    It’s April in Florida and we have been so blessed with our weather. Who ever heard of rain and fresh green grass in March? This has been an incredible Spring so far with so many activities and opportunities to spread the good word about Beef! Our booth at the State Fair served 4000 samples and impacted thousands of fair-goers as we shared our stories and…

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