March  2012, Volume 3, Issue 3            

Registration Forms Now Available on the FCA Website for Exhibitors         

Registration forms are now available for the FCA Allied  Trade Show. Booths are selling out quickly, so make sure to get your space for one of Florida's largest
agricultural trade shows. For printable registration forms, floor plans and booth procedures click here, or for the complete details and convention schedule go to the convention page on the FCA website.

Numeric Nutrient Criteria Letter Campaign Underway 


The Numeric Nutrient Criteria issue continues and your help is still needed.  The DEP has transmitted its approved rules to EPA for review and approval.  However, a letter-writing campaign, spearheaded by Earthjustice (the litigants in this issue), is already underway asking the White House to impose the EPA's NNC rules in Florida.  To counter these efforts, please take a few moments to go on line, follow the simple instructions and send a letter to Administrator Jackson.  More importantly, volume counts in this effort, so please ask your friends, professional colleagues, employees, to do the same.  For full instructions on how to submit your letter click here. 

Welcome New FCA Staffer Dusty Holley 


dusty holley photo Dusty Holley will begin working in the role of Field Services Director for FCA on March 5. Dusty is the son of Rebecca Finley and Donald Holley.  He is a seventh generation Floridian, and his family has been in the cattle business since the 1800's. Dusty has always been involved in his family's cattle operation, but has spent the last four years in Washington, DC as a Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Tim Mahoney (110th Congress) and Congressman Larry Kissell (111th and 112th Congress). While he handled many different issues while in DC, his main focus was on the Agriculture Committee (both the Members of Congress he worked for were members of the House Agriculture Committee). He handled the agriculture committee portfolio and was the chief agriculture advisor for both members. Dusty graduated from the University of Florida Summa Cum Laude  with a degree in Animal Science (Beef Industry Specific), served as a teaching assistant in both undergraduate and graduate level Animal Science classes while in Grad School, was the Animal Science Grad Student Association President, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, and Florida Blue Key. Dusty is also a former State FFA officer and National FFA Committee Chairman. Email Dusty. 

FCA Develops New Membership Brochure


Are you proud to be an FCA member?  We know you are and your membership is appreciated.  We've made it easier than ever to tell your friends, neighbors and fellow cattlemen why they too should be involved with FCA with a new, updated membership benefits brochure.  You can find the brochure on the FCA Join page of the web site.  Simply open and print.  As a matter of a fact, all the FCA membership tools are at your fingertips on the web site if you are looking to recruit new members.  Help keep us 4,000 strong. 

NCBA Accepting Applications for Public Policy Internship


The National Cattlemen's™ Beef Association (NCBA) is the nation's oldest and largest national organization representing America's cattle farmers and ranchers. NCBA is producer directed and consumer focused, which creates a unique opportunity to unify policy and marketing efforts for the beef industry.   The NCBA government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is currently looking to hire public policy interns for summer 2012. NCBA offers a unique internship for students interested in the beef industry and federal policy. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with NCBA staff on several fronts including policy, communications and membership. Interns will work closely with the lobbying and regulatory teams to advance policies important to the beef industry. To learn more about the internship and to apply click here.   

Florida Cattlemen's Foundation  

Helping You    

The Florida Cattlemen's Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FCA, helping to raise funds for scholarships, research and education and by preserving the heritage of Florida Cattle producers.  The Foundation has funded new facilities at both the UF Range Cattle (Ona) and North Florida (Marianna) Research and Education Centers.  Help us continue to make the connection with members and industry friends for the benefit of the Foundation.  A major project of the Foundation is the Ranch Rodeo State Finals.  If you attended any of the qualifying ranch rodeos or plan to, you will notice new Foundation banners in the arena.  Don't forget to mark your calendar for September 28-29, 2012 for the 2012 Florida Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Heritage Festival.

Annual Grazing Workshop

Osceola Heritage Park
Kissimmee, FL
Wednesday, March 14

This workshop theme is how to set up a Prescribed Burn Association.  A Burn Association is 15-20 private landowners in close proximity that share equipment, time, and other resources to facilitate more burning. 
These associations will help overburdened agencies with their own burn programs.  Benefits are endless; reduction in invasive species, restored ecological habitats, improved livestock forage production, and so many more. To register call Brandee Williams (941) 907-0011 and for the full agenda  click here.

JFCA Spring Field Day March 31     

The JFCA will be holding its Spring Field Day at Williamson Ranch in Okeechobee on March 31, 2012.  This event is open to all JFCA members, parents and advisors.  It is free charge and dues will be accepted onsite. The agenda includes a welcome at 10 a.m. followed by a ranch tour.  Lunch will be served at 12 noon along with a general membership meeting in the afternoon.  Please RSVP to Maryanne in the FCA office by Friday, March 23.  For more information contact Gene Wingate at 841-915-8974.
FCA Annual Convention

Marco Island, FL  
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
June 18 - 22, 2012

Be sure to mark your calendar for the FCA annual convention to be held at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. Bring your family and enjoy four days of fun, fellowship, marco beachand relaxation.  Events taking place include the trade show, silent auction, Florida CattleWomen reception and fashion show, bull sale, and the honorary director and cowman awards.  For more information click here.  Online registration will open in March. 

Florida State Fair Comes to a Close    


Congratulations to all the FCA members who attended, showed and volunteered at the 2012 Florida State Fair.    Right:  Larry Barthle, President of the Florida Brahman Association, with Governor Scott and Commissioner Adam Putnam.

The Florida Angus Association also congratulates all of its winners.  A complete listing of Angus winners can be viewed here. 

Florida Beef Cattle Short Course


Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center
May 2-4, 2012
Gainesville, Florida

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 shortcoursebeyond. The course focuses on unique challenges facing our beef industry; beef production issues, urban growth, global competition, changing consumer demands, and economic and environmental sustainability. Every year they lead the industry covering subject areas and topics prior to those issues becoming management concerns. Participants get to hear contrasting, alternative, and complimentary ideas about the beef cattle enterprise. For more information and registration details click here. 

FCA-VIP Membership Program  


Special thanks to the Allied Members who have offered services and discounts through the FCA-VIP membership program in the past few fca vipmonths.  This new program offers FCA members great savings and discounts on products and services from Allied members.  Additionally, it allows Allied members to promote their products and services to members. To view all the

discounts on the FCA-VIP page click here.


Dura Cast Discount Factory  

Power Purchasing
Hartford Livestock Insurance
Central States Enterprises, LLC
Beasley & Bryant Company, C.P.A.'s and P.A.
Absolute Tank Cleaning
The Market Place
Matthew A. Tavrides, P.A. 

Florida Agricultural Financial Management Conference Sept. 9-11 


Don't miss this opportunity to hear nationally-known speakers and
financial consultants helping to advance your financial efficiency and fine tune your business strategies.  This program is sponsored by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.  The event will be held at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando with a special room rate of $94.  The registration cost for the conference is $199 per person or the special rate of $375 for two individuals.  Learn more or register online at

The Prime Rib Guy

Mike's Prime Rib, LLC is a new venture by Mike and Tammy Lovrekovic of Panama City, Florida. They have teamed up to perfect their Prime Rib seasoning and cooking through years of serving large groups across Florida. They have received so many compliments and requests to do parties and events that they decided to get serious and create a new company. Plans are underway to open a web-based mail order business where customers can order fully cooked, vacuum packed sealed frozen Prime Rib. For more information click here. 

News and Noteworthy

  • If you missed the Woman in Agriculture banquet honoring Sara K. Childs, you can still watch the video presentation made at the luncheon, just click here.    
  • UF/CALS Alumni and Friends are hosting their 2012 annual Gator Gatherings.  Please mark your calendars. Gator Gathering events are free and open to alumni, friends, and prospective and admitted students.  Come enjoy a meal, gather with fellow Gators and see what CALS is doing for you. April 10 in Sebring, April 17 at Whitehurst Lodge, April 24 in Plant City and April 30 in Jacksonville.   An RSVP is appreciated. 
  • Personal and Business Planning for Cattlemen        The next planning session will be Thursday, June 21 in Marco.  Get details. 
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In This Issue
Registration Form for Trade Show
Numeric Nutrient Criteria Written-Letter Campaign
FCA Develops New Membership Brochure
NCBA Accepting Applications for Public Policy Internship
Florida Cattlemen's Foundation Helping You
FCA Annual Convention
Florida State Fair Comes to a Close
Florida Beef Cattle Short Course
FCA-VIP Membership Program
The Prime Rib Guy
News and Noteworthy
Upcoming FCA Events  



JFCA Spring Field Day


March 31 



Ona Field Day

Range Cattle and Research Center 

April 12


Florida Angus Assn.  Spring Field Day & Junior Show

Zephyrhills High School

April 21


Florida Angus Assn.

Female Sale


April 28 


 FCA Annual Convention and Allied Trade Show  

June 18-22 


 NCBA Summer Conference  

July 25-28 


FCA Quarterly Meeting 

Okeechobee, FL

Indian River State College

Williamson Center 

September 12-14


2012 Florida Ranch Rodeo State Finals & Heritage Festival

September 28 - 29, 2012 


FCA Quarterly Meeting 

November 28 - 30 

(site tbd) 


Magazine Ad Deadlines

5th of each month


For more events check the FCA Calendar   



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Kissimmee, FL 34742

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