Florida Ag Woman of the Year and Syngenta Ordered to Sell Arkansas Farmland
**Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson announced Dr. Saundra TenBroeck as the 2023 Woman of the Year in Agriculture.
Dr. TenBroeck is the State Extension Horse Specialist and Associate Professor for the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida.
Simpson says Dr. TenBroeck has influenced the lives of thousands of people through her work with the Florida cattle industry, FFA, 4-H, and various ag fairs throughout the state.
**The USDA announced a new partnership between the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will place scientists in labs in each of the five National Animal Health Laboratory Network regions to boost network capabilities.
USDA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Rosemary Sifford says the goal is to ensure all network labs are poised to combat the threat of diseases to protect our nation's ag and food supply.
**Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin ordered Syngenta to divest its ownership of approximately 160 acres in the state.
Griffin also imposed a civil penalty of $280,000 for failure to timely report foreign ownership by the Chinese state-owned company.
Arkansas Act 636 bars a "prohibited foreign-party-controlled business" from acquiring or holding public or private land in Arkansas either directly or through affiliated parties.