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Animal Sciences Department

Animal Sciences Department

Livestock Education and Certification for
Agriculture Law Enforcement

Next Training: June 24-28, 2024
Registration opens Monday, March 18 at 8:30 AM

The objective of the Livestock Education and Certification for Agriculture Law Enforcement (LECALE) program is to provide law enforcement and state attorney personnel with rigorous and relevant training curriculum regarding generally accepted livestock production practices, skills to discern acceptable animal well-being, and the ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills in the field and during litigation proceedings. Specific learning objectives include basic animal husbandry, identification, behavior, and handling, nutrition, pastures, disease and biosecurity, euthanasia, body condition scoring, and live animal evaluations.

Attendees will receive both classroom and hands-on educational opportunities. The LECALE program offers law enforcement educational opportunities with an emphasis on animal production practices specific to the Gulf Coast region. The program offers multi-species agriculture-related education. Subject matter experts; University of Florida professors, IFAS County Extension agents, and Law Enforcement officers will deliver the LECALE program. At the conclusion of the program, attendees will undergo an examination for certification through the Florida Farm Bureau Agriculture Certification Program. The program delivers the learning objectives over four days with a final day for assessment and certification. The LECALE program will offer law enforcement personnel an excellent opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills regarding livestock animal production. The associated certification demonstrates the attainment of knowledge and subject matter credibility for the LECALE attendee.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to receive electronic copies of class material and assessment materials.

Please contact Keitha Bennett with Florida Farm Bureau AEST to be added to the LECALE interest list and to stay informed of upcoming trainings/programs.


  • Lodging


    Address: 3825 NW Blitchton Rd, Ocala, FL 34475
    Phone Number: (352) 482-0800
    Website: Comfort Suites Ocala North
    Hotel 360 Walkthrough Video: Threshold 360 Video
    Location: Off I-75 / HWY 27 
    Amenities: All Suite Property with large outdoor saltwater pool & hot tub, ice machines, laundry facilities, business center, complimentary hot buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi & parking.



    Address: 4100 SW 40th St, Ocala, FL 34474
    Phone Number: (352) 500-0501
    Website: SpringHill Suites Ocala
    Hotel 360 Walkthrough Video: Threshold 360 Video
    Location: Off I-75 / HWY 200
    Amenities Include: All suite property with microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker in each room, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, large Indoor mineral saltwater pool, Market Place for snacks, beer, and wine, complimentary Wi-Fi & parking, and walking distance to many restaurants and activities.



Dates and Times

June 24-28


Southeastern Livestock Pavillion
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd
Ocala, FL 34470

Contact Us

Dr. Carissa Wickens
Assistant Professor
State Extension Horse Specialist

Keitha Bennett
Director of AEST
Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Teacher in front of class holding horse halter
Student studying images in binder
People in bleachers listening to instructor up front with cows in pens in background
Man putting halter on horse


Wed, 28 Jun 2023 11:26:19 EDT