Cabinet Approves Okeechobee, Osceola Land Deals

Dan Florida

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed Wednesday to spend $6.8 million to preserve more than 3,000 acres in Okeechobee and Osceola counties. Through the Florida Forever program, the state will spend $4.2 million for 1,992 acres in Okeechobee County. The prairie land, purchased from Open Space Land Trust, Inc., is bordered on the north by the Kissimmee River …


Agritourism Offers Luxury in Northwest Florida

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

According to USDA’s Ag Census, 105 million visitors spent more than $85 billion in 2015 on agritourism in Florida. The number of Florida farms offering recreational experiences more than doubled from 2007 to 2012. And technical and financial assistance available from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has helped some of these small farms achieve their goals.


Nomination Deadline Nearing for Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame is still accepting nominations for the class of 2018, but not much longer, as the deadline for nominations is September 1, 2017. The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to Florida agriculture. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with the Florida Agricultural Hall …

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Nearly $1 Million Grant Will Help Struggling Blue Crab Industry

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

A researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences wants to study the blue crab and a viral pathogen that infects it. Now, a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Donald Behringer and colleagues study the disease along the entire western Atlantic seaboard. In Florida, several disasters—including hurricanes in 2004, 2005, …


Ronald Cave Named Director of UF/IFAS Indian River Research Facility

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

An entomologist recognized internationally as a specialist in biological control of insect pests has been named the director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Indian River Research and Education Center. Ronald D. Cave will serve as the sixth leader of the Indian River REC. From the Indian River REC’s 1947 start as the Indian River …

It’s Tougher to Reproduce When You Change Diets – Just Like a Bug

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research

With the constant introduction of invasive species worldwide, thousands of types of wildlife eat new food, weakening their ability to reproduce, says a University of Florida scientist. That, in turn, could lead to a reduction in our wildlife populations. Scientists already know that when wildlife feed on invasive species, they can get sick, but until now, no one had studied …


Florida NRCS Holding State Technical Meeting Next Week

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, August 15 at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Doyle Conner Agriculture Building Auditorium in Gainesville. Florida State Conservationist, Russell Morgan, says the meeting is being held to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources.

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Army Corps Gives Input in Florida-Georgia Water War

Dan Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a key player in Florida’s decades-old legal fight with Georgia over water flow in the Apalachicola River, has weighed into the pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The federal agency’s comments, which were filed in a brief Monday, are important because a special master has recommended …