The future of family farms is solid. Everett Griner tells us why.
The future of family farms is solid. Everett Griner tells us why.
The agriculture industry is still closely watching the EPA for any sign of what it might do with its proposed Clean Water Act rule.
Steve Caruso, Rubert Prevatt and the late Robert Pitman Jr. were inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Friday. Caruso is CEO of Citrus World, Prevatt was a long-time educator at Florida Southern College, and Pitman was a citrus grower recognized for his political lobbying efforts.
Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) help growers who spray cooperatively over wide areas reduce HLB-spreading psyllid populations in their groves. At a Thursday grower forum in Sebring, one grower reported an additional CHMA benefit – increased yield. Forum organizer Laurie Hurner, citrus Extension agent for Highlands County, reports.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman explains the history of Trade Promotion Authority, and the relationship between Congress and the President to approve trade deals.
What is more important in evaluating an HLB nutrition program – yield or profit? How can growers get young trees into production quickly? Get the answers in today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the President’s newly proposed budget for USDA in fiscal year 2015 helps create jobs and drive long-term, sustainable economic growth in rural America – while equipping farmers and ranchers with the tools they need to survive and thrive. However, Nebraska Senator and Former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns says the budget proposed by President Obama is a political tool.
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The waterways infrastructure bill passes and Everett Griner talks about it.
University of Florida researcher Evan Johnson discusses the relationship between HLB and citrus tree root health.
Here is a statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack:
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed FY 2015 budget:
“The President’s 2015 USDA budget proposal achieves reform and results for the American taxpayer; fosters opportunity for the men and women living, working and raising families in rural America; and supports Read the rest of this entry »
In the face of HLB, it’s important to get young citrus trees into production quickly, says University of Florida researcher Kelly Morgan. Morgan discusses the advanced citrus production system and its role in getting young trees into production.
From: THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
In a sign that it is considering a long-running water dispute involving Florida, Georgia and Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday indicated it wants the federal government’s views on a lawsuit filed last year by Florida. Justices invited the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about a trade development mission to Panama from which he recently returned. More information is available online at Panama Offers Opportunities for Ag.
University of Florida researcher Bob Rouse says nutrition programs yielding the most fruit may not yield the most profit for a citrus grower. He reports on a variety of nutrition programs utilizing elements of grower Maury Boyd’s cocktail that has kept HLB-infected trees productive for years.
The recently formed Florida Agritourism Association is an effort to build agritourism in the state. President Lisa Ard explains more of the goals and efforts of the coalition in the following interview, as well as gives details about their role in an upcoming Senate Ag committee meeting.
Farm technology is still developing. Today Everett Griner speaks of one of the newest forms available for agriculture.
Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $5 million in federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report from the USDA’s new HLB initiative leader as well as a research update on HLB efforts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.
But blasting these secret-suitor insects with radiation via electron beams, X-rays or gamma-rays, tends to make them weaker than typical males — and not so appealing to females as possible mates.
What sterile-insect operations need, Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday, the Citrus Research and Development Foundation held their monthly board meeting and the commercial product delivery committee also got together. I talked with Harold Browning this morning about what was discussed at those meetings.
Although both the House and Senate know that they need to deal with expired tax breaks, American Farm Bureau tax adviser Pat Wolff says the two bodies are pursuing conflicting tracks.
From: News Service of Florida
A House Republican on Tuesday filed a proposal (HB 1119) that would create a pilot project to determine the effectiveness of financial aid in attracting and retaining primary-care doctors in 12 largely rural North Florida counties. The bill, filed by Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, would require a report to be submitted in 2021 about the effects of a program known as the “Medical Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program,” which was Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of “self-proclaimed” world titles. Everett Griner gives us just a few today.
Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today a series of recommendations for the long-term coexistence of Florida’s citrus growers and beekeepers. Read the rest of this entry »
The packout rate for Indian River grapefruit is considerably lower than usual this year. University of Florida researcher Mark Ritenour gives the main reasons why less of the fruit is able to be shipped fresh. He also offers suggestions for increasing the packout rate.
There is such a thing as beneficial insects. It is a hard issue to most. Everett Griner tells us about some “good” insects.
USDA has released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture revealing an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the U.S. totaling 394.6 billion dollars in 2012 – an increase of 33 percent from 2007. The following reports have the specifics for the states of the deep southeast.