FL SART Holds Training Conference

Randall Florida, General, Livestock

Various folks involved with both agriculture and emergency management in Florida attended a conference this past week for the State Agricultural Response Team.  Report (2:00 mp3) To learn more about SART Click Here

Discussion Leads to a Recommendation by PRVCGA Board

Katherine General

The Florida Citrus Commission is scheduled to vote on the FDOC’s Box Tax Proposal at their June meeting. Grower organizations have been discussing their view of the department’s proposals, and after a long meeting of the Peace River Vally Citrus Growers Association Board late last week, they decided to make a recommendation at that June FCC meeting. In the following …

GA Cattlemen Need to Stick Together

Randall Cattle, Georgia

President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Evans Hooks, says it’s important for cattle producers across the state to work together on the issues affecting their operations.  Report (1:00 mp3)

FL Legislative Alert

Cindy Florida, General

Florida Farm Bureau is urging members to contact their congressmen and ask them to vote against a bill that would delete the word navigable from the Clean Water Act. This proposal would potentially regulate nearly every wet area in the nation, including farm ponds and ditches. More information can be found on the FFB website here.

Soil Fumigant Meetings

Cindy Florida, General, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Florida producers are being urged to attend a meeting June 5 to prepare for the EPA Soil Fumigant Pesticides meeting to be held in Ft. Myers on Wednesday June 6. The working dinner meeting will be 5:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Ft. Myers. The EPA meeting will be on June 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at …

Natural Substitute Trims Fat

Cindy General

An all natural fat substitute called Z-Trim made from the hull of corn kernels can replace up to 50 percent of the fat in foods from salad dressing to cheese cake. Report (1:00 mp3)

FL Counties Designated Disaster Areas

Cindy Florida, General, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated seven Florida counties primary natural disaster areas. Palm Beach County was designated a primary natural disaster area because of freezing temperatures that occurred in February. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Broward, Hendry and Martin counties. Highlands, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Okeechobee and Taylor counties were designated primary natural disaster areas because of …

SART Prepares for Hurricane Season

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS, Weather

The Florida State Agricultural Response Team kicked off the new hurricane season by hosting its first annual statewide training conference last week in St. Petersburg. Among the agencies participating was USDA’s state Natural Resources Conservation Service. Report (1:00 mp3)