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Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue

Friday Feature:  The Gluten Free Issue

David Schechter is a news reporter for WFAA News in Dallas Texas who likes to get answers to questions people have on hot topics through video segments he calls Verify.  This week’s featured video was a Verify segment David produced on the Gluten Free craze sweeping across America.  David does a great job interviewing experts that explain the truth about gluten and why this has become an issue for some American consumers, but also debunks some myths about modern wheat production.

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If you enjoyed this video, you might want to check out the featured videos from previous weeks:  Friday Features

If you come across a humorous video or interesting story related to agriculture, please send in a link, so we can share it with our readers. Send video links to:  Doug Mayo

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/26/friday-feature-the-gluten-free-issue/

Free “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters

Free “Brace for the Storm” Workshops Help Homeowners Prepare for Disasters

Aluminum shutters help protect windows from flying debris during windstorms.

Aluminum shutters help protect windows from flying debris during windstorms.

Here in the latter half of June, temperatures have heated up and summer thunderstorms have swept through on a regular basis. As we are reminded often,  hurricane season has begun. While we haven’t had a major storm in 11 years, northwest Florida is still a prime target.

Be Ready Florida is a statewide program dedicated to helping citizens and visitors to the state prepare their homes, businesses, and families for the onslaught of a major windstorm. In order to teach individuals how to best prepare, three free, two-hour online BRACE for the Storm workshops are scheduled for June 29. The workshops will be held from 10 am-noon, 2-4 pm, and 7-9 pm. Registration is online here.

According to their website, “During each workshop participants will gain valuable insight on how homeowners can undertake one or more windstorm mitigation projects on their homes to strengthen it against Florida’s next wind disaster. The importance of mitigating homes against the damage caused by a flood or wildfire will also introduced.” The workshops also discuss how mitigation techniques can save money on homeowner’s insurance.

Be Ready Florida also offers an online directory of contractors, suppliers, funding sources and inspectors that homeowners can access to find help with home projects. In Escambia and Santa Rosa County, homeowners can also contact Rebuild Northwest Florida, a nonprofit organization that uses FEMA funds to offset the cost of home wind mitigation.

To see examples of common wind mitigation building materials and techniques, such as storm shutters, insulated concrete forms, a wind-rated garage door and a tornado shelter, you can visit the Escambia County Extension office at 3740 Stefani Road in Cantonment. To schedule a tour or receive more information about the demonstrations found there, contact me at ctsteven@ufl.edu

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Author: Carrie Stevenson – ctsteven@ufl.edu

Coastal Sustainability Agent, Escambia County Extension

Carrie Stevenson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/17/free-brace-for-the-storm-workshops-help-homeowners-prepare-for-disasters/

Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

BQA TrainingCattle ranchers have a great training opportunity for both themselves, and their employees.  For a limited time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc (BIVI) is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training.  BQA is more than just giving shots correctly.  BQA means training everyone who works in the beef industry about humane animal handling, proper drug administration, record keeping to ensure proper drug withdrawal, and many other practices that ensure the consumer gets a safe product with consistent eating quality.  It is how the Beef Industry shows the consumer that we care about the food they eat.  There is a great deal of fear in America today about foods and food production techniques.  BQA certification is how the cattle industry can make a statement that cattlemen do things the right way.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification through April 15, 2016. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage the free BQA certification online through April 15, 2016, courtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience.

The Cow/Calf Beef Quality Assurance is a series of 17 online training modules.  The Cow/Calf package covers information specific to the needs of today’s cow/calf producers including up-to-date information on weaning and preconditioning of calves, handling and culling, herd health plans, calf management, and humane euthanasia.

  1. Animal Abuse
  2. The Care and Handling of Non-Ambulatory Cattle
  3. Humane Euthanasia of Cattle
  4. BQA Goals
  5. Beef Quality Assurance Herd Health Plan Guidelines
  6. Best Management Practices – Feed Additives and Medication
  7. Best Management Practices- Animal Treatments and Health Maintenance
  8. Residue Avoidance
  9. Parasite Control
  10. Best Management Practices – Record Keeping and Inventory Control
  11. Animal Handling
  12. Weaning and Preconditioning
  13. Calf Management Practices
  14. Handling and Culling
  15. Best Management Practices – Foreign Object Avoidance
  16. Vaccinology
  17. The Cattle Industry’s Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle

Use the following link to access the online BQA Certification modules.  Use the coupon code BIVIBQA during checkout for free BQA training.

Online BQA Certification

 

Why should you be BQA Certified?

BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:

  • Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
  • Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
  • Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
  • Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
  • Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
  • Enhances herd profitability through better management.

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/05/free-online-bqa-certification-through-april-15/

Get Free Tax Prep Help

VITAIn the early ’70s, Gary Iskowitz was doing graduate work as well as teaching tax law while working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Mr. Iskowitz saw a growing problem with questionable tax preparers who were scamming low-income people in his area. He did not like what he saw! Consequently, he proposed training a few like-minded student volunteers to go into the community to prepare free tax returns for under-served residents.
The rest, they say, is history! Starting with this volunteer effort, 40 years later, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is still going strong.

VITA still is designed to promote and support free tax preparation service for the under-served in both urban and non-urban locations. Service is targeted to low-to moderate- income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking individuals.

Why? Just as in Gary Iskowitz’ time, this program is an effort to provide both a valuable community service and a powerful learning experience for the participants. Not only does a tax payer get their taxes done for free, the local community benefits from the monies spent by the tax payer. Plus, the IRS is pleased because citizens are in compliance with federal law.

Check out your local VITA sites this year. Around North Florida, there are numerous volunteer sites being readied for the 2014 tax year. Some of these sites are traditional, where taxes are done in person; some sites prepare taxes via SKYPE – the telecommunications application software that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls from computers. Using SKYPE as an application to accessing VITA has been well received, especially in rural locations.

If you plan to take advantage of any of the VITA programs this year, be sure to bring the proper documentation. A return cannot be prepared without the appropriate documentation. For a complete list of documentation needed for a VITA-prepared tax return, contact your local VITA tax preparation site. Where are these sites? Call your local helpline 2-1-1 or visit http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.

 

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Author: Heidi Copeland – hbc@ufl.edu

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Leon County Florida Educational Program Focus: •Food, Nutrition and Wellness •Child Development and Parenting
http:leon.ifas.edu

Heidi Copeland

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/30/get-free-tax-prep-help/

Free Beef Cattle Webinar: Part 2 Managing High Feed Prices

 

Part #2 of the Free Webinar Series:  Managing High Feed Prices with Less Common Feedstuffs

Title:  Managing High Feed Prices: Less Common Feedstuffs

Date: Monday October 29th

Time:  9:30-11:00 am ET (10:30 AM -12:00 Noon Central)

URL: https://connect.uky.edu/lcf/

Login in as a guest and enter your name.

 Session will be recorded for later viewing.

Description:  In this second seminar, specialists from the Southeast region will provide an overview of less common feedstuffs such as peanut products, recycled poultry bedding, sweet potato products, and cull vegetables.  Discussions  will cover nutritional aspects and how these products best fit into supplementation programs for beef cattle.

SERA-41 Beef Cattle Production Utilizing Forages in the Southeast across State Boundaries Co-Sponsored Webinar

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/26/free-beef-cattle-webinar-part-2-managing-high-feed-prices/

Free Webinar: Managing High Feed Prices: Know Your Options

Title:  Managing High Feed Prices: Know Your Options

Date: Monday October 15th

Time:  9:30-11:00 am ET

URL: https://connect.uky.edu/mhfp/

 

Description:  In this first seminar, Beef Cattle Extension Specialists from the Southeast region will provide an overview of available co-product feedstuffs and molasses-based supplements.  Discussions  will cover nutritional aspects and how these products best fit into supplementation programs for beef cattle.  Presenters will include: Dr. John Arthington (Univ. of Florida), Dr. Lawton Stewart (Univ. of Georgia), Dr. Matt Poore (North Carolina State Univ.), Dr. Darrel Rankin (Auburn Univ.), Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler (Univ. of Kentucky).

Directions:  Sign on at the URL listed above and log in as a guest.  The name request if for identification to address questions.  The Univ. of Kentucky is hosting the event using Adobe. connect

 

A SERA-41 Beef Cattle Production Utilizing Forages in the Southeast across State Boundaries co-sponsored webinar.

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/06/free-webinar-managing-high-feed-prices-know-your-options/