2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees and Climate-Smart Commodities Info
**Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced its 2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees.
Dr. John Woeste is a now retired dean and professor emeritus of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Ag Sciences.
And Gainesville native, Donald Quincey, a fifth-generation Florida cattleman.
The induction ceremony will be at the Florida State Fair’s Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on February 14.
**The Congressional Western Caucus wants information regarding oversight of the Climate-Smart Commodities pilot program.
In a letter to the President, the caucus outlined concerns regarding the program, which was created with no direction from Congress.
The lawmakers want answers to questions about how the USDA created the program, weighed submitted proposals, and intends to ensure the federal funding does not displace private sector investments.
**Trying to create “more, better and new markets” for U.S. producers, the USDA awarded a total of $223 million in grants, loans, and loan guarantees to expand meat and poultry processing capacity.
www.agriculture.com reports, the awards included $73 million in grants to the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, $75 million to eight projects through the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program and $75 million through the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program.