Many Fairs throughout the State are now requiring exhibitors to attend a training workshop. Check the rules, for the Fair you are attending, to see if it is required. This program has been endorsed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the University of Florida, Institute of Flood and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Due to the COVID-19 situation, the expiration date for the 2018 Certifications will be extended until May 2021. For the 2020/2021 Fair Season, Certification Numbers starting with 18, 19, 20, and 21 are valid.
It is important that the exhibitors understand the purpose of youth livestock projects and importance of ethics in youth livestock projects. Proper animal handling and management practices are the core of all successful livestock projects. This workshop also educates students on the difference between animal welfare and animal rights and to become an ambassador for animal agriculture.