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Lake Okeechobee Brouhaha Heats Up

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

by Gary Cooper The series of public meetings about Lake Okeechobee water levels and related issues continue this week in South Florida, hosted by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to last-minute media announcements this morning, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL 18th District), is expected to attend the first of two public meetings today at 1:00 p.m. at Indian …


UF/IFAS Center to Take Integrated Approach to Solving Water, Land Use Issues

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Water

By taking a more holistic approach to challenging issues facing Florida, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers will share more and better information about water and land use, including farming and urban landscapes, with the establishment of a new center. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said the center will galvanize …

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UF/IFAS Master Gardeners Gear Up for Spring Festivals, Plant Sales

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

Spring is around the corner, and Master Gardeners across central Florida are gearing up for festivals and plant sales. The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer program, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is celebrating 40 years in Florida. There are approximately 4,000 Master Gardener volunteers across the state, said Wendy Wilber, UF/IFAS Extension  state …

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Here are the weekly livestock market reports for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, for the week ended February 15, 2019, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states. AL Livestock Market Report: At Alabama Livestock Auctions for the week ended February 15, 2019, receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 10,300 head compared to 12,321 last week and …


South Florida’s Water Politics Raising Questions

Dan Florida, Water

By Gary Cooper One of several bombshells dropping at last week’s South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board meeting was the resignation of district executive director Ernie Marks.  In the audio clip below, Governing Board Member and Vice Chair Brandon Tucker echoed the feelings of several other board members about Marks’ resignation:  There was no quorum at last week’s …


Summary of the 2018-19 Florida Bull Test & Bull Sale

Dan Cattle, Florida

The 2018-19 Florida Bull Test Sale was held last month at the University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Marianna. And according to Beef Nutrition Specialist Nicolas DiLorenzo, they had an excellent turnout and a very dynamic sale of 59 bulls from 4 different breeds. And despite the impact of Hurricane Michael on NFREC facilities and the community, the …


Executive Resigns, Politics Exposed at SFWMD Board Meeting

Dan Florida

Soon-to-exit South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board members offered parting comments at the SFWMD governing board meeting today in West Palm Beach. The entire board was asked to resign and put under pressure to do so by Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Florida Congressman Brian Mast, who is advising the governor on agricultural and environmental issues. The resignations …


Agriculture Chairman Seeks State Hemp Program

Dan Florida, Specialty Crops

With officials seeing a potentially lucrative industry, Senate Agriculture Chairman Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, is proposing creation of a state hemp program. Albritton on Thursday filed a bill that would set up the program under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The bill came after Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried last week named Holly Bell as the state’s first director …