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Putnam Comments on USDA’s Disaster Aid Implementation

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Following U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement today that the USDA will begin implementing disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion in response to 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement: “Florida agriculture took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma and has long-awaited this much-needed disaster relief. I thank Secretary …

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Agri View: Spotted Lanternfly- A New Insect to Fear

Dan Agri View, Citrus, Field Crops, Fruits, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

Everett Griner talks about the Spotted Lanternfly. A new insect everyone should fear in today’s Agri View. Spotted Lanternfly- A New Insect to Fear Well, we have enough bugs and insects for farmers to deal with already. But, believe me, there will be more. Right now the public is being alerted to be aware of the Spotted Lantern Fly. It …

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USDA Provides Funds to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach announced that USDA is allocating almost $70 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 494 projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. These projects prevent the introduction or spread of invasive plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the …

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Citrus Forecast Steady as Growers Await Aid

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound boxes, a mark unchanged from a February forecast. However, that would still be a major drop …

California Researchers Work Toward Early HLB Detection

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

Although the Florida citrus industry may have some slight differences compared to the California citrus industry, in the face of citrus greening disease the two industries are one and the same. Now, the brightest minds of both states are working to detect, manage and control this devastating disease. Most recently, University of California researchers have been working to find methods …

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Georgia Citrus Association Conference is Next Week

Dan Citrus, Georgia

The 2nd Annual Georgia Citrus Association Conference will be held next Monday, February 26 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association, told AgNet Media that while the first conference went well, the second conference will be even better. She said “We listened to what the comments were from last year.” …

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Help for Florida Farmers Advancing in Senate

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock

Farmers and other parts of Florida’s agriculture industry could receive about $75 million in post-Hurricane Irma assistance from the state next year under a measure moving forward in the Senate. The Senate Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday unanimously backed the proposal (SB 1608) by Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring. The proposal, in part, would reduce property assessments …

The Importance of Research Dollars in the Next Farm Bill

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Farm Bill, Florida, Research, Weather

The new farm bill is still being negotiated and worked out. There are some kinks to it, which is why its completion is taking longer than expected. However, one thing that most people can agree on is the importance of including research funding in the new farm bill. Hurricanes asides, research has greatly impacted the Florida citrus industry industry after …

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Farm Disaster Relief on the Way After Irma’s Devastation

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

State lawmakers continue to craft tax relief for Florida’s storm-battered citrus industry, as President Donald Trump signed off Friday on billions of dollars in much-anticipated federal disaster relief. A spending bill approved by Congress and Trump includes nearly $90 billion for disaster relief, with $2.36 billion aimed at assisting the agriculture industry for losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane …