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USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their annual planting intentions reports today, and Angie Considine with USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service in Washington D.C. said overall the cotton numbers are up this year, but the Southeast is expected to see declines.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Elaine Turner, senior associate dean for UF’s third -largest college, often known as CALS, has been interim dean of the school since early January, but becomes its dean effective April 11, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
As a new crop season nears, cotton producers are encouraged to utilize the resources available in the National Cotton Council’s “Advancing Cotton Education” (ACE) program, as a way to enhance their crop production decisions.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will conduct a national search to find its next research dean, Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, explains.
Fact versus fiction often doesn’t stop emotional activists from protesting genetic modification traits in foods. Dr Kevin Folta, Interim Chair of the Horticulture Sciences Department at University of Florida is an expert on GMOs. Farmers in particular need to start learning all they can, and in this report Folta presents some facts both about GMOs themselves, and the debate starting to swirl about them.
Research is ongoing to help cotton growers address numerous production challenges. And Lee Cromley, Georgia Cotton Commission board member and grower from Bulloch County, notes that many of them are long-term.
The national GMO labeling debate could enter Florida legislative circles if activists pushing for a labeling law about GMO products get their way. Under pressure to put it on the Senate Agriculture Committee agenda soon during the Legislative Session now at its halfway point, Chairman Bill Montford of North Florida offers his views in an exclusive interview with Southeast AgNet this week.
Comments from both sides of the aisle in this report, about a tax proposal that would ease tax pressure on farmers and ranchers with regard to the purchase of inputs, repairs and equipment needed for food and fiber production. Now at about the halfway point in the legislative session, hear Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman Matt Caldwell, and House State Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Boyd all offer their views about the chances for this bill’s passage.
A study released by the Coalition for a Sustainable Agriculture Workforce shows life-sciences and agricultural industry companies expect to hire more than 1,000 trained scientists through 2015 – but they have to find them first.
Buying Points across the peanut belt are getting prepared for the upcoming season, as Tyron Spearman has that story along with information about an upcoming short course that farmers may want to attend.
About halfway through the Legislative Session, Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, D-Quincy, reports on the “Springs” bill in the Senate, while House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, comments on the approach to water issues in the House of Representatives.
In this mid-session legislative report, Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Sub-Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, shares some thoughts on fee rollbacks and other tax issues moving in the pipeline. This report also has a reminder of rumblings about another issue potentially on Florida’s horizon.