On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the upcoming Florida Energy Summit, scheduled for October 14th through the 15th at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. Presenters and participants will examine the rapidly changing energy sector and discuss ways Florida can take advantage of the opportunities.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow is calling on House leadership to announce their conferees and officially begin conferencing the Farm Bill before the current extension expires on September 30th.
Florida has 17 million acres of forest land, covering nearly half the state, with highly in-demand pines accounting for one-third of the timber, according to the first statewide inventory of the woodlands conducted by the Read the rest of this entry »
Scientist are continuing to look for ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil in a productive and sustainable way as Ramon Leon, assistant professor and weed science specialist with the University of Florida, explains just one of the projects that they are currently working on.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 631 projects across the nation that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations and/or conduct Read the rest of this entry »
Storm tracking can be a very dangerous and expensive science, but there could come a day when relatively inexpensive unmanned vehicles will swarm over, under and through hurricanes to help predict the strength and path of the storms.
There has long been a fuel versus food debate regarding the use of feedstocks for energy, but a recent study has found no direct correlation between federal bio-fuels mandates and increasing food prices.
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On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Patrick Sheehan, Director of the Office of Energy at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services talks about three renewable energy tax incentive programs created to assist companies in expanding energy production and creating new jobs for Floridians. All forms of renewable energy in Florida, including biomass, solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, ocean energy, waste heat and hydroelectric power, are eligible.
Yesterday the Supreme Court decided not to hear the American Petroleum Institute and other ethanol opponents’ challenges to E-15, which Growth Energy said is a true victory for the American biofuels industry. Time and again, Read the rest of this entry »
Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03), a 40-year equine and bovine veterinarian and Florida’s only member of the House Committee on Agriculture, said the following after the House vote which resulted in a defeat of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:
“I am extremely disappointed that some of my Republican colleagues did not recognize a conservative movement toward market-based policy and solid welfare reform when they saw it. I am also disappointed that my Democratic colleagues refused to vote to protect the future of SNAP by cutting out egregious waste. Read the rest of this entry »
American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Mary Kay Thatcher says after the surprise defeat of the House Farm Bill, it may be difficult to get the bill back on the House Floor. But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack reiterates that it is something must be done before the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill on September 30th.