FCA News

  • 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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  • Corn-hole Tournament in Hillsborough

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    This is an event being put on by the Hillsborough Jr. Cattlemen’s Association. The Cornhole tournament will begin at 11 am. Pre-registration adult teams are ages 13 and up and the price is $40 a team with a free lunch ticket per member. Pre-registration children teams are ages 12 and…

  • JFCA Board of Directors


    The JFCA Board of Directors is a selected position. There may be up to three Board of Directors that will assist the State Officers as needed. The other duties of Board of Directors include, but are not limited to: being active at a local level and surrounding areas, as well as encouraging member involvement. If you have any questions, contact Christine Damron at cbdamron1@gmail.com.

  • JFCA Officer Elections


    This year we are moving officer elections to the FCA State Convention in June. Interviews will be on Tuesday morning, June 17th, starting at 8:30 AM. Times will be assigned after applications have been processed.  Apply below.   Fill out our online form.

  • JFCA Field Day


    Join us for our Field Day at Buck Island Ranch in Highlands County on Saturday, April 26th. We will start at 10 AM with a ranch tour guided by employees of Buck Island Ranch. We will have lunch and then a general membership meeting after the tour. We will also be going over the competitions for our State Convention, so if you are new, this…

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  • Proposed budget falls short for IFAS


    The Senate and House Education Appropriations Sub-Committees released their proposed budgets last week.  Despite the increase in funding for state universities, the proposed budget fell short of some of the UF/IFAS funding requests.  There are a number of funding items that will need to be resolved during the next five to six weeks but the most important item would be our request for a Workload…

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  • FFA Beast Feast and Auction

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    Don’t miss FFA’s Eleventh Annual Beast Feast and Auction March 22 at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center. Adults are $75 and students are $25. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of different foods such  as venison, gator, shrimp, swamp cabbage, and homemade ice to name a few.  Held at the beautiful Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, 5000…

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  • 2014 All-Judging Team Reunion Luncheon

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    April 26, 2014 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center UF Animal Sciences Building Registration – $30    We would like to invite you to the 2014 All-Judging Team Reunion luncheon to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, with lunch being served at noon.  The event will…

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  • FDACS Conducts Bio-Agriculture Survey

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    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has contracted with The Balmoral Group to assess Florida Bio-Agriculture. This effort will identify key issues facing agribusiness owners, relating to Bio-Agricultural market opportunities, constraints and commercialization research. As an association member, we strongly encourage you to complete this important survey. The survey can be accessed through the link below, or please feel free to contact…

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  • Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

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    May 7-9, 2014 Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center – 2142 Shealy Drive Gainesville, FL  The course addresses issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level of management skill with practical applications for every beef cattle producer, in Florida and beyond. The course focuses on unique challenges facing our beef industry, beef production issues, urban growth, global competition, changing  consumer demands,…

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  • State Ranch Rodeo Qualifiers In March


    Central Florida Fair Cattlemen’s Invitational Ranch Rodeo Central Florida Fair, Orlando Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. Stacey Redditt (407) 295-3247Sumter County Ranch Rodeo Sumter County Fairgrounds March 14-15, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Justin Story (352) 303-4954   Don’t forget the Ranch Rodeo State Finals are September 26-27, 2014 at the Silver Spurs Arena, in Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee

  • Free BQA Certification For Producers


    For a second year, your checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is giving you the chance to become certified for free thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification is normally $25 to $50; however, from February 3, through April 15, 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim will defray the cost of the…

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  • Sweetheart’s March Message

    Harley Zoeckler

    During the month of March, Polk County hosts their annual Agrifest. Agrifest is a time when different elementary schools all throughout Polk County bring their fourth grade classes to the extension building in Bartow and the students learn about different sectors of agriculture. There are different stations set up, and the students go around to each station. For example, at the beef station, students learn…

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