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    Center for Viticultural Sciences
    The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
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    Veterinary Technology
    Advances in both veterinary medicine technology and technique are the fuel firing the increased demand for well-trained individuals to work as veterinary technologists.
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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Small Ruminant Producers. The objectives are:

  • To provide information to small livestock producers and the public that will allow them to be aware of, how to plan, recognize, respond, recover, prevent and reduce the potential impacts of various disasters and emergencies and on the agencies that are responsible to provide needed assistance during hurricane season.
  • To increase the awareness and knowledge of on-farm disaster and emergency preparedness on-farm security in areas of production systems, harvesting, processing, handling, distribution and marketing of food products is needed to determine the changes that are needed to improve preparedness and reduce vulnerability of farms to disastrous events.


The potential audience is small ruminant producers who should develop an emergency plan for their families and animal facilities that includes evaluation of facilities location, evaluation of the vulnerabilities of the facilities and develop a plan for mitigation, preparation, response, recovery and ongoing planning for disasters.  The activities include conducting workshops and presenting information at workshops on Disaster and Emergency Preparedness to small, limited resource and economically disadvantaged and others Goat and Sheep producers attending Goat Certification Course. Attend continuing education courses provided by the Florida Department of Health and Consumers Services, Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness and other agencies. 

The projected impact is that farmers will have enhanced awareness of the specific considerations that should be addressed well in advance of any disaster or emergency that included proper records, agencies for disaster assistance, preparatory and preventive measures, livestock/disaster insurance, State Animal Response Team (SART) and SART participating agencies. Good record keeping is essential and should include photos of animals for identification to prove ownership.