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Florida Conservation Easement Signup Ends Next Week

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners that applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are being accepted until April 25. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs, the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Through ALE, NRCS provides financial assistance to conservation partners for …

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Lawmakers Look to Hemp as New Industry while Vegetable Gardens Headed to House Floor

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

With supporters pointing to the potential of a new industry, a House committee Thursday approved a plan for regulating production of hemp. The bill (HB 333), approved by the House State Affairs Committee, would create a regulatory framework that would be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is led by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a …

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Florida Ag Commissioner Fried Meets with South Florida Farmers

Dan Florida, Sticky, Water

Florida Agriculture Commissioner “Nikki” Fried joined a modest but representative group of south Florida farmers at Bedner Farms Wednesday near Boynton Beach, for an informal lunch and informational exchange about issues of concern to agriculture in the region. Water, weed, trade and the Department’s Fresh From Florida marketing campaign were among topics mentioned in her remarks after lunch, and she …

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Lawmakers Grapple with Storm Funding as Calls Mount

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

As calls from hurricane-battered Northwest Florida grow more desperate for state and federal financial help, Sen. Bill Montford on Tuesday removed a request for $315 million from a relief package while lawmakers prepare for budget talks. Montford, a Tallahassee Democrat who is one of three Northwest Florida lawmakers behind the proposal (SB 1610), said removing the dollar figure will keep …

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Florida Beef Council Promoting Beefster Eggs

Abbey Taylor Beef, Florida

For the past year and a half, the Florida Beef Council has been working with Sarah Krieger, a registered dietician who has been helping promote the beef message to consumers across the state. With Easter coming up this weekend, Krieger has a great idea for a beef promotion … beefster eggs.

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Florida Cattleman Meets with President at White House 5G Announcement

Dan Cattle, Florida, Technology

by Gary Cooper National Cattlemen’s  Beef Association  President-Elect Marty Smith, a cattle producer from Wacahoota, Florida, represented the nation’s cattle industry at a Presidential press conference at the White House on Friday, April 12th. The purpose of the event was for the President to announce his plans for nationwide 5G service, with an emphasis on rural America. After the President …

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Some Ag Facts Left Out of New SFWMD Discussion

Dan Environment, Florida, Sticky, Water

by Gary Cooper The brand new governing board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is revisiting the mission of the agency that spans 16 counties with a huge network of canals, pumps, levees and structures. Agricultural interests are concerned that this new board will adopt a mission that places the environment ahead of water supply and flood protection. …

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Weekly Livestock Market Report Week Ending 04-12-19

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Here are the weekly livestock market reports for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, for the week ended April 12, 2019, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states. AL Livestock Market Report: At Alabama Livestock Auctions for the Week ended April 12, 2019, receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 9,900 head compared to 13,712 last week and …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Appointment of Ron Bergeron to the South Florida Water Management District Board

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Ronald M. “Alligator Ron” Bergeron to the board of the South Florida Water Management District. The appointment comes after the Florida Commission on Ethics voted 8-0 to adopt an advisory opinion allowing Bergeron to join the board. “I am pleased the Florida Commission on Ethics reached a conclusion on this matter and I …

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Florida Agriculture Concerned with Budget Issues

Dan Cattle, Economy, Florida

The Florida agriculture community sent a letter this week to state budget leaders concerning issues with funding certain aspects of agriculture. Sam Ard, Florida Cattlemen’s Association director of governmental affairs, explains what the letter was about and updates other items still being discussed during the Florida legislative session. Here is a copy of the letter: Speaker of the House Jose …