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)

Cottonseed Companies Changing Hands

Cindy Cotton

Under a Department of Justice agreement announced last week, Monsanto will be able to acquire Delta and Pine Land, pending the sale of Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company to Bayer Crop Science, as well as the NexGenâ„¢ cotton seed brand to Americot. Read more from Monsanto here, and from Bayer Crop Science here. Report (1:30 mp3)

Pre-season Crop Forecasts

Dan Agri View

Do they mean much?  Everett Griner looks at the statistics and tells us what some of the farmers are saying about their planting this year.  Report (1:00 mp3)

FDOC Increases TV Advertising Inventory

Katherine General

In this report Andrew Meadows, FDOC, talks about the departments plan to increase their inventory of commercials promoting health and wellness with two new adverstisements by the end of the year. Report (1:28 mp3)

FL AgNet Week in Review June 1, 2007

Katherine Cattle, Citrus, Florida, Forestry, General, Podcast, Weather

In this weeks podcast, ranchers are encouraged to be aware of the possiblility for Tropical Soda Apple when purchasing hay, the Florida Forestry Industry shoots for number 1, May 31 was the last day for citrus canker insurance coverage, and the drought’s effect on Lake Okeechobee. To hear Florida’s weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast .