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Florida FFA State President Says Farewell

Friday June 16 marks the final day of the Florida FFA Convention, as well as the last day of William Jameson’s state presidency. Jameson is Florida FFA’s 2016-2017 state president, and he says it has been an honor to serve the members of Florida FFA. “All 18,000 of them have been very special to my team and I,” he says. …

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Five Counties in Georgia Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Florida

In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Baker, Decatur, Grady, Mitchell and Thomas counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Brooks, Calhoun, Colquitt, Dougherty, Early, Miller, …

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Farm Bill Listening Session in Florida

Ahead of the next farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-7) announced the first of several committee activities across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders. “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a committee listening session, will take place in Gainesville, Florida on …

Troutman Joins Lineup of Florida Ag Commissioner Hopefuls

by Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner on Monday, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. “For two decades, I’ve been building a business and continuing my work in Florida agriculture,” Troutman, of Winter Haven, said in a statement. “Real …

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No Override for Cuts to UF/IFAS Budget

When the Florida Legislature wrapped up its special session last Friday, some things survived the governor’s veto pen, but others didn’t. And that included cuts to the University of Florida/IFAS budget. According to Sydney Stone, legislative assistant for the University of Florida/IFAS Governmental Affairs, while the legislature did override some $60 million in cuts to higher education, it could not …

Look out California! UF scientist says artichokes may grow in warm, humid Florida

by Brad Buck University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all — good news for those craving the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6. In his …

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Concealed Weapon License

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam discusses his move to expedite Florida’s concealed weapon license applications for active military members and veterans.   You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.