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House Agriculture Committee Approves Two Measures

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The House Agriculture Committee approved two measures regarding the regulation of pesticides.

H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or around waters of the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Roberts Joins Bipartisan Bill to Relieve Farmers of Redundant Regulation

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Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts announced his support Tuesday for a bill that would eliminate redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz will file a bill today proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Things to Know About EPA Review of Pyrethroids

epa chemicals pyrethroidsThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting comments on the ecological risk assessments for pyrethroids and pyrethrins as insecticides. This evaluation is occurring as part of a registration review during which the EPA reevaluates registered pesticides to ensure they are not causing unreasonable harm to humans or the environment. Comments on the evaluation will be accepted until March 31, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fresh-from-floridaTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which has been presented annually since 1994 to environmentally innovative Florida farmers. The award recognizes enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Nominations must be Read the rest of this entry »

Dicamba Herbicide Lawsuit Cites Endangered Species Concerns

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Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last year to allow the sale of Monsanto’s XtendiMax, a combination of dicamba and glyphosate. Read the rest of this entry »

Fish and Wildlife Proceeds with Action Despite Directive

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President Donald Trump recently released a directive freezing all regulatory activity by federal agencies. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will not extend a 90-day comment period on the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This is despite the expected public release of a new species population survey from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Freezes EPA Grants and Communications

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The Donald Trump administration has ordered a freeze on grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency and ordered EPA staff to halt external communications. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Study: Voters Want to Preserve Forests, Water

by Brad Buck, UF/IFAS
Sources: Melissa Kreye, Damian Adams, UF/IFAS

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Voters are likely to approve referenda for forest and water conservation in the eastern United States, including Florida, because demand for ecosystem protection is increasing, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. Read the rest of this entry »

Humans Need Bees


Cathy Isom has the latest buzz on why we need to pay more attention to bees. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Interesting Debates Expected over New Farm Bill

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The next farm bill has been a major topic for many agriculture as conversations have been underway by commodity groups concerning issues that affect them. And while the next farm bill is not really expected until sometime in 2018, there are reports indicating some are considering writing a new farm bill to replace the current one and passing it a year before it expires. One group involved in many of the farm bill discussions is the American Farm Bureau Federation. Read the rest of this entry »

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