|July 5, 2012||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Kids|
The Ag-Discovery program is an outreach program designed to help high school students from around the country learn about careers in animal science and veterinary medicine. Those interested in learning more about these fields are provided opportunities to meet with university professors, veterinarians (practicing and clinical), animal scientists and specialists, plant scientist, botanists, and other related professionals working in the public and private sectors. Florida A&M University (FAMU) is one of seven campuses that host the Ag-Discovery program. The program is jointly sponsored by FAMU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS).
This summer, “Fresh From Florida” provided guidance for the state government portion of the tour and facilitated tours with the Commissioner of Agriculture’s office, the Division of Animal Industries and much more. Students were particularly interested in the unique history of Florida’s cracker cattle and horses.
Florida Cracker Cattle and Horses were first brought to Florida in the 1500’s by the Spanish. Ancestors of today’s Cracker Cattle and Horses were introduced into what is now Florida as early as 1521 when the Spaniard, Ponce de Leon, on his second Florida trip, brought horses, cattle and other livestock. In the photograph, Stephen Monroe explains the Florida Cracker Cattle Association’s mission regarding the role of Florida Cracker Cattle in Florida’s history.