TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Broward County Public Schools will serve more than 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to their students over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program facilitated the purchase from Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fla., which is owned and operated by Mark McDonald.
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The sales closing deadline for purchasing crop insurance is upon us once again. Tyron Spearman reports farmers need to be in touch with their crop insurance agent soon if they have yet to do so. Read the rest of this entry »
A bill concerning the installation of solar panels to help agricultural producers passed the Georgia House this week. And as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains, it’s a bill that now moves on to the Senate. Read the rest of this entry »
Brazil’s top soybean producing state, Mato Grosso (Mah’-toe Grah’-soh), has soybean fields ready for harvest but are so muddy it’s difficult to walk through, let alone drive a combine through. A Bloomberg report says a week of persistent rainfall has caused some soybeans to begin fermenting. The beans have become engorged their pods, which have started to open as the oilseeds begin to germinate. Read the rest of this entry »
The first 2018 Farm Bill development meeting took place this week. Legislators have been encouraging the nation’s producers to speak up about what worked in the last Farm Bill and what didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
A Dow Jones report says the Dow and DuPont merger deal looks good for regulatory approval from European Union regulators. People familiar with the deal tell Dow Jones that the deal looks to be on track because the companies offered to sell some of their businesses to ease antitrust concerns. Read the rest of this entry »
A new study from Millenium Research shows that the nation’s largest farmers are still uncommitted or making changes to their crop protection plans. The “Farmer Speaks” study shows producers being more aggressive in cutting costs after a tough year in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite strong anti-trade comments from President Trump, a $1 trillion free trade agreement went into effect on Wednesday of this week, called the Trade Facilitation Agreement. A CNN Money report says the agreement is designed to cut through red tape and help solve problems like border delays and transportation bottlenecks. The World Trade Organization says it will cut a day and a half off the time needed to import goods and cut two days off the time need to export products. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 200 groups with a stake in agriculture and rural areas sent a letter to President Trump asking for rural needs to be part of any plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says a few of the groups that signed on to the letter included Farm Credit Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the American Soybean Association, among many others. Read the rest of this entry »
Everett Griner talks about how farming technology continues to grow in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report, watch the video and learn more.