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Range Cattle Research & Education Center

Range Cattle Research & Education Center

Hannah Baker


State Specialized Extension Agent II - Beef Cattle and Forage Economics

  • Extension Focus (100%)

    Originally from Adel, Georgia, I am excited to be returning to the southeast to join the team at the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, Florida. I'll be joining the team in June 2023.

    I attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where I obtained a dual degree in Agribusiness and Agriculture with an emphasis in Livestock Production. I interned on cattle ranches in Kansas and Georgia and worked for the UGA Experiment Station as a student research assistant during my time as ABAC. I earned my master’s degree at Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Economics where I developed an economic analysis of rangeland management alternatives. My education and experiences have prepared me for this next step in building a career centered around benefiting the beef cattle industry. In this role, I plan to continuously build on relationships with Florida cattle producers, county agents, and research faculty to efficiently address current issues affecting the Florida beef cattle industry.

    Extension program

    • Creating valuable relationships with Florida producers, county agents, and research faculty to provide economic information to benefit the Florida Cattle Industry
    • Developing & maintaining enterprise budgets for cow-calf operations & forage management
    • Providing economic insight on cost-effective management practices supported by research faculty
    • Evaluating communication & dissemination methods to producers by collaborating with county agents
    • Exploring feasible & profitable winter-feeding alternative options for cattle producers
    • Evaluating alternative marketing strategies for beef cattle
    • Providing economic information for small farms exploring expansion and/or changes to become more economically efficient


Helpful Resources

  • Bi-annual report summaries
    • January 2024 - A summary of the bi-annual cattle inventory reports.
    • July 2023 - A summary of the bi-annual cattle inventory reports and what they indicate in terms of expansion and prices in the beef cattle industry.


  • Calculators



  • Fact Sheets
    • Estimating the Investment Cost of Raising Replacement Heifers - view PDF

    • The Economic Impact of Raising and Selling a Uniform Calf Crop - view PDF

    • The Economic Importance of Sorting Your Cows Based on Their Nutritional Requirements - view PDF
    • Steers and Bulls: Price gap, price slides, and the value of additional pounds - view PDF



  • Florida Cattle Market Update

    Published monthly in the Florida Cattleman and Livestock Journal.

    •  January 2024 - 2024: A year of stabilizing, expanding, or both?
    •  February 2024 - Characteristics of beef cow operations in Florida, 2022 Ag Census
    • March 2024 - Current and Future Feedlot Inventories


    • August 2023 - What should producers be expecting this fall?
    • September 2023 - How can producers use the female cattle market to plan?
    • October 2023 - The 2023 fall season will involve feeding hay but will not involve herd expansion.
    • November 2023 - Seasonality price trends and feedlot placements
    • December 2023 - What will the new year bring?



  • Presentations


    • Maximizing Profits: Optimizing what we have
      Presented at the Florida Cattlemen's Institute and Allied Trade Show
      Jan. 24, 2024 - Okeechobee, FL
      View: PDF
      View: Video recording of presentation.


    • Economic Impacts of Supplementation: Spending Money to Make Money
      Presented at the Seasonal Resilience: Management Strategies to Maximize Winter Performance, which was hosted by the South Florida Beef Forage Program
      Sept. 14, 2023 - Okeechobee, FL
      View: PDF
      View: Video recording of the presentation.



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Range Cattle Research & Education Center
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865
(863) 374-7051

  • Education
    • M.S. Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK, Agricultural Economics, 2023
    • B.S. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Tifton, GA, Agribusiness, 2021
    • B.S. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Tifton, GA, Agriculture: Livestock production, 2021
    • A.S. Georgia Military College - Valdosta, GA, General studies, 2018
  • Employment

    State Specialized Agent II, University of Florida - IFAS Extension, Range Cattle Research and Extension Center, Ona, FL, June 2023 to present.

  • Publications
    • in progress