USDA Designates Eight Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

In response to a request from Debby Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Brevard Hillsborough Manatee Seminole Collier Lake Sarasota Sumter Farmers and ranchers in …

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Nominate Bulls for the 2017 Florida Bull Test by June 15

For those interested in nominating bulls for the 2017 Florida Bull Test, here’s a reminder you have until June 15th to do so. The 18th Florida Bull Test will once again take place at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Last year there were 129 consignments from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and the window …

Florida is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners are Doing About It

The drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if the rainy season starts soon, according …

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Valenstein Chosen as State Environmental Chief

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida With Gov. Rick Scott describing him as “passionate about the environment,” Noah Valenstein was named Tuesday as Florida’s next environmental secretary after a short interview with Scott and members of the state Cabinet. Valenstein, a former Scott aide who is executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, will take over at …

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UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts suggest ways you can maintain your landscape during this drought, including an irrigation audit and knowing the watering laws in your area. UF/IFAS Extension agents in your county can conduct the audit, said Mary Lusk, an UF/IFAS regional specialized …

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State Preserves More than 5,000 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Ranch Lands

The Governor and Cabinet approved the preservation of 5,211 acres of environmentally sensitive ranch lands in Okeechobee and Highlands counties through cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future development of the land and allow agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida’s economy. The purchases are a part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, where the state partners with …

AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — An Epilogue

By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President I recently connected with Max Armstrong, host of the nationally syndicated “This Week in Agribusiness” television program, for a fast-paced rural area and farm tour in Central Florida. It turned out to be a great opportunity for all involved, especially for Florida, which deserves more and better national media attention as an …

Agriculture Department Hit By Data Breach

From News Service of Florida Nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also, the names of 16,190 concealed-weapon license holders — out of more than 1.75 million in the state — may have been acquired in the hack. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has …