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May is Florida Beef Month

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Florida Beef Month kicks off today in the Sunshine State. 

The month-long program, sponsored by the Florida Beef Council, is aimed at building awareness of beef as an enjoyable and affordable commodity.  

According to the Beef Council, Florida is home to the largest beef cattle ranch in the United States, and ranks tenth in the nation in the number of beef cows.  Cash receipts from the sale of cattle in Florida in 2011 reached nearly $500 million, making Florida's beef industry a profitable component of our state's agricultural industry.

Governor Rick Scott is expected to issue a proclamation designating May as Florida Beef Month.

"We are so proud and excited to announce the second annual Florida Beef Month," notes Jim Handley, CEO of the Florida Beef Council.  "Our goal is for Florida residents to recognize what the beef cattle industry does for our great state."

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