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News for the week

February 27, 2009

Things going on this week:

The Department recognized three North Florida farms as Pioneer Century Family Farms.  This means that each of these farms has remained in the same family for at least 100 years.  Congratulations to the Gable property and M & S Farms in Jackson County and the Johnson Homestead in Hamilton County!

Florida has now been declared free of equine piroplasmosis, a rare horse blood-borne disease that showed up in Manatee county in August. 

Teachers in Oregan want access to the junk food that their students are prohibited from buying at school.  A law was passed in 2007 that restricted the sale of soda, fruit juices or high-calorie/fat snacks in schools, but it also took the vending machines out of the teacher lounges as well.  Some say that the teachers should set an example for the students, but the teachers think they are being treated like children.  What do you think about this?

Salmonella update:  The same strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds was found at another Peanut Corporation of America plant in Texas.  Since peanuts products have a relatively long shelf life, the outbreak could last as long as 2 years

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