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Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is May 2

Here is a reminder that the 14th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day will be held May 2, and the third in a series of new non-fiction children’s books has been developed to help highlight Florida’s aquaculture and seafood industries. According to a release from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom (FAITC), the book is called “Drive through Florida: Aquaculture and Seafood”. …

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Two Signup Reminders from Florida NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind agricultural producers about two applications periods that are underway until May 19th. One involves financial assistance to restore longleaf pine and the other is to improve water quality.

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Scott Pitches Dike Repairs to Trump

Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. On Monday, Scott asked state lawmakers to add $200 million to the budget to help speed the federal government’s ongoing repairs. “President Trump is clearly focused on protecting Florida’s environment and investing in our …

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State Says Wildfires Likely to Get Worse

By Lloyd Dunkelburger, News Service of Florida With the state battling 106 wildfires covering 124,000 acres as of Wednesday, Florida’s top forestry official warned the fire season has yet to reach its peak. Jim Karels, director of the Florida Forest Service, said Florida is experiencing an “active early fire season,” with drought conditions throughout the state. “We tend to peak …

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award. Since 1985, the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award has recognized women in all areas of the industry who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 1, 2017. Nominations may be …

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USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers in Florida

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director, Debby Folsom, reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost eligible crops and honeybees as a result of a natural disaster. FSA …