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USDA Announces Eradication of New World Screwworm in Florida

Screwworm Larvae

Screwworm Larvae

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (NWS) from Florida.

“I want to personally thank our many collaborating partners at the Federal, State, and local levels,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA Chief Veterinarian.  “Through their dedication and professionalism close to 154 million sterile flies have been released, 16,902 animals have been inspected at checkpoints, and almost 430 hours of active surveillance in the Keys and 250 hours of active surveillance on the mainland have been completed.  Their tireless work has allowed us to eliminate New World screwworm from the United States once again.” Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Rep. Raburn Discusses HB 1231

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State Rep. Jake Raburn, who represents Florida District 57 in Hillsborough County, serves on the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee in the Florida House. And he talks about a part of House Bill 1231, which is currently being discussed. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida FFA Beast Feast is Saturday

Florida FFAThe 14th annual Florida FFA Foundation Beast Feast & Auction is scheduled for this Saturday, March 25 at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center near Haines City. Executive Director of the Florida FFA Foundation, Michael Rogalsky, says their annual event also includes the inaugural Future Farmer Classic sporting clay event. Read the rest of this entry »

Wet ‘Dry Season’ Damaged Valuable Ornamentals

by Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

wetFlorida’s winters are usually dry, but the wet winter of 2015-2016 helped spread pathogens that destroyed ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County. That’s a problem in an area where the industry generated an estimated $998 million annually in sales in 2015, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Working with Conservation Partners

conservation proposalsUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is accepting pre-proposals from conservation partners for fiscal year 2018 funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. And according to NRCS Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, they continue to promote conservation programs through partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »

Various Cattle Industry Representatives on Florida Beef Council

florida beef council variousThe Florida Beef Council continues their efforts for beef producers across the state. And in this week’s report, FBC CEO Jim Handley says there are various cattle industry representatives who serve on the council. Read the rest of this entry »

Court Rules Against State on Skim Milk Labeling

by Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

skim milkMost shoppers in the dairy aisle probably never give it a lot of thought.

But a battle over the labeling of skim milk led Monday to a federal appeals court siding with a small Calhoun County creamery in a First Amendment fight with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Read the rest of this entry »

Protect the Future of Florida’s Food and Water

Cows grazing on farm Florida’s ranchlands are vital to the state’s environment and its food and water supply. These lands are quickly dwindling due to the high demand of residential and commercial production. If these lands continue to decrease, Florida’s natural resources will deeply suffer.
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Supreme Court to get More Input in ‘Water War’

From: The News Service of Florida

water war supreme courtFlorida’s “water war” with Georgia is not over. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that more legal briefs will be filed in the case, including allowing Florida to contest a special master’s report that recommended a ruling in Georgia’s favor. Read the rest of this entry »

ICYMI: Senator Negron’s Visit to the Glades Met With Disappointment, Anger from Residents Threatened by Senate Bill 10

gladesOn Friday, Senate President Joe Negron visited Pahokee High School to meet with Glades residents and answer questions about the negative impact Senate Bill 10 would have on the Glades communities, including Pahokee, which is located in Senator Negron’s own district. According to Senate Bill 10’s staff analysis, the bill has a “negative fiscal impact… due to the reduction in available farmland.” Read the rest of this entry »

Water War Fight

Everett Griner talks about the fight over water not over in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees, Read the rest of this entry »

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