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DeSantis Environmental Plans Get Legislative Support

Dan Environment, Florida

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis is making progress on his environmental wish list, as House members have joined senators in efforts that include setting up a statewide office focused on sea-level rise and creating more electric-vehicle charging stations. Also, Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, and Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, filed bills (HB 1091 and SB 1450) this week that back …

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Deadline Nearing for Public Comments on CSP

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been seeking public comments on its interim final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program. CSP, the nation’s largest conservation program in terms of participating land, is designed to help farmers have more robust conservation activities. But they want to remind landowners the deadline to make those comments in January 13th. Here’s NRCS Associate Chief, Kevin Norton.  And Norton …

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DeSantis Likely to Get Environmental Money in Session

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Legislative

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis appears poised for a victory as he seeks environmental money to combat water-quality problems that plague the state. DeSantis’ $625 million request for the upcoming legislative session includes money for Everglades restoration, fighting toxic algae outbreaks and boosting the Florida Forever land-preservation program, all issues popular among lawmakers and environmentalists. The proposal is the second …

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Taking Applications for 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award

Dan Cattle, Environment

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award. Deadline for applications is March 6, 2020. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the award recognizes the nation’s best cattle and livestock operations and their stewardship and conservation efforts. Winner of the 2019 National Environmental Stewardship Award will be named next month during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention …

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Lawmakers Seek to Scuttle Conservation Appeal

Dan Environment, Florida, Legislative

(NSF) — The House, Senate and two state agencies asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to reject an appeal in a fight about how lawmakers carried out a 2014 constitutional amendment aimed at boosting land and water conservation. Attorneys for the Legislature, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services filed briefs Monday asking …

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Nearly 170,000 Giant African Land Snails Eradicated in Eight Years

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — For more than eight years, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working cooperatively to eradicate the giant African land snail from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. During that time, over 168,500 snails have been collected in 32 core areas of Miami-Dade County, and in one area of …

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USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program December 9

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for …

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Accepting Applications for NCBA 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award

Dan Cattle, Environment

Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes the nation’s best cattle and livestock operations and their stewardship and conservation efforts. Winner of the 2019 Award will be named during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio in early February. Any individual, group or …

Cabinet Signs Off on DeSoto, Dixie Land Deals

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $8.5 million to help conserve nearly 10,000 acres in DeSoto and Dixie counties. DeSantis and Cabinet members approved spending $6.5 million for a conservation easement on 3,891 acres of ranch land in DeSoto County, with the state hoping to recoup about 42 percent of the money through …