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Expanding Citrus in Georgia

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Everett Griner talks about Georgia growers expanding citrus acres in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Citrus Agency Hopes for Rebound After New Forecast

From: The News Service of Florida

citrus scott money fight zika grimsleyThe Florida Department of Citrus is hoping for a better second half of the growing season after the latest decline in projections for the state’s orange and grapefruit harvest. Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said a 4 percent drop from February to March in the forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is another sign of the effects of deadly citrus greening disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Orange Forecast Drops 4 Percent

orangesThe citrus crop forecast, delivered by Mark Hudson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service in Washington, D.C., showed a 4 percent drop in Florida oranges. In total, the U.S. all-orange forecast for the 2016-2017 season dropped 3 percent from last month and is down 13 percent from the 2015-2016 final utilization. Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Disease Eradication

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Everett Griner talks about eradication of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Kakkar Joins UF/IFAS Extension as Invasive Insect Specialist

Dr. Garima Kakkar

Dr. Garima Kakkar

Garima Kakkar is joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to help the state fight invasive pests. Kakkar, an expert in invasive insects, is a UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Multicounty Agent.

Kakkar has a diverse range of experience in managing pest insects, and will now serve growers in the world’s premier citrus production region with the latest research findings. Her most recent assignment was working as a postdoctoral research associate for UF/IFAS, along with both UF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in studies of an invasive whitefly, thrips vectors and a pepper whitefly. Read the rest of this entry »

Specialty Citrus Production on the Rise

Consumer demand continues to drive an increase in U.S. production totals for tangerines, mandarin oranges and tangelos. Rod Bain has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Non-Valencia Oranges 35.0 Million Boxes

citrus crop forecast valencia orangesMark Hudson, USDA/NASS, Washington D.C. offered the February citrus crop forecast. The forecast of non-Valencia production is lowered 1.00 million boxes to 35.0 million boxes. Size and Drop components were final last month. The Row Count survey conducted January 26-27, 2017, showed 72 percent of the early-mid-season rows, and 83 percent of the Navel rows are harvested. Estimated utilization to February 1, with an allocation for non-certified fruit, is 25.9 million boxes. The Navel forecast, included in the non-Valencia portion of the forecast, remains at 900,000 boxes. Read the rest of this entry »

House Agriculture Committee Discussing New Farm Bill

farm billThe push for a new farm bill has gotten off the ground quickly with announcements and commitments by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee in their first meeting of the 115th Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

American AgricultureNew data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators.

USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top Student Chef

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FreshFromFloridaLOGOTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages 9th through 12th grade students to enter the department’s “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off before the upcoming deadline on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Students can submit original recipes featuring locally grown products for the chance to have their meal served in school cafeterias. For rules and Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary



President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

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