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EAA Farmers, Inc. Issues Statement on Federal Authorization of EAA Reservoir

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

A statement from Danielle Alvarez, spokesperson for EAA Farmers, Inc., following the federal approval of the EAA reservoir: “Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farm families are pleased that the EAA reservoir will be achieved in a way that will accomplish restoration goals while also protecting homegrown food supply.  Restoration has been a tremendous success south of Lake Okeechobee and serves as proof that …

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EWP Helps Florida Landowners after Hurricane

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

While Hurricane Michael didn’t affect all areas in Florida, it did some. And no matter when a natural disaster may strike, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants landowners to know if your area suffers damage, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) can help relieve imminent hazards to life and property. This includes damage caused by hurricanes, floods, fires and …

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Farmer Details How Landowners Partner with Government for Conservation Success

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

Mississippi farmer Mike McCormick shared with Congress several examples of how private landowners partner effectively with state agencies to recover and conserve wildlife. McCormick, a cow/calf and timber farmer and president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau, spoke to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation. McCormick said one of several great …

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USDA Partners to Improve Community Infrastructure for 1.1 Million Rural Americans

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $181 million in 88 projects (PDF, 173 KB) that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states. “Infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity in small towns across our country,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny …

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Agri View: Pollination Help

Dan Agri View, Environment

Everett Griner talks about money allocated for a pollination study in today’s Agri View. Pollination Help Here is where it started. One-third of all United States crops requires pollination by nature’s creatures. That includes honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats. Maybe a few I have left out. It is easy to why the whole country got upset when we started …

Political Event Falls Short on Facts

Dan Environment, Florida

A recent southeast Florida algae rally drew a small crowd. By Gary Cooper U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Palm City) hosted a campaign event in Stuart on Sunday and visited other South Florida areas in recent days. He partnered with anti-farming group BullSugar.org and featured activist Erin Brockovich to help push his recently introduced Stop Harmful Discharges Act in Congress. The …

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Easements: Preserving Old Florida

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

The Lightsey family has been running cattle in central Florida since the 1850s, but with 1,000 people moving to Florida daily, development encroaches on their legacy and the natural resources that support it. Cary Lightsey and his brother Layne have put 90 percent of their land on 10 ranches into conservation easements with the help of USDA and other groups. These …

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Assistance Available in Florida to Conserve Natural Resources

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until November 2 for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Conservation Programs Specialist for NRCS in Florida, Nathan Fikkert, says this assistance is through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Assistance Available in Florida to Conserve Natural Resources

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RESTORE Council Approves Florida’s State Expenditure Plan

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Plan providing $291M for 69 Projects across 23 Coastal Counties Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to Mr. Noah Valenstein, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Designated Alternate for the Governor of Florida to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council), approving the State of Florida’s State …

Agri View: Cloud Seeding for Rain

Dan Agri View, Drought, Environment, Water

Everett Griner talks about cloud seeding still being studied in today’s Agri View. Cloud Seeding for Rain You know, it was many years ago that farmers fought drought, and dry weather, by seeding the clouds. That is, they hired aviators to fly into what clouds existed to spray them with a designated chemical that would produce rain. It produced results, …