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Goats, backpacks and acquisitions

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp.

From the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis this week, it was announced that the Florida Cabinet had approved 10 acquisitions of conservation lands and easements. The properties, totaling more than 17,000 acres, will be managed and monitored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The majority of the acres are within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 South Georgia third- through fifth-grade students were challenged to put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to work when Georgia Ag Experience visited their schools recently. An interactive mobile classroom run by the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, it spent 10 days taking students on a deep dive into the state’s largest economic sector. One of the main objectives of the Experiment is to reach primary school students and teachers who lack knowledge of agriculture.

And, in Alabama, a release from Alabama Extension announces that meat goats could be the state’s next booming industry. Extension specialist Valens Niyigena says meat goat inventory for Alabama in 2021 saw a 2% increase over the previous year. He added that the United States had spent $133.82 million in December 2021 on frozen, fresh and chilled mutton and goat meat. This is a 44% increase over the previous year.

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