We just received some great news. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will purchase $20 million worth of surplus frozen concentrate orange juice as part of the fiscal 2015 Section 32 bonus purchase program. Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) made a multi-year request for significant purchases to Secretary Vilsack last month and we are fortunate this purchase was authorized just before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year with what remained of the Section 32 funds. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes several reports from Citrus Expo and details on an upcoming Citrus Nutrition Day. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Geoff Dahl wants to know why heat makes cows less prone to produce milk, even when they are not lactating.
Dahl, a UF/IFAS animal sciences professor, has won a $450,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how to reduce mammary cell growth so he and his colleagues can develop strategies to limit the negative impact of heat stress on cows that are late in pregnancy and not producing milk, the so-called “dry cows.”
Dahl was one of two UF/IFAS animal sciences faculty members to win $450,000 NIFA grants last week. Cliff Lamb, a professor at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida, will study the differences in Read the rest of this entry »
A regional workshop that will focus on the stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals will be held next week in Hanceville, Alabama. It is designed for those in the pork, cattle, poultry and sheep industries, including veterinarians and feed suppliers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and other Southeastern states.
A good crowd was on hand for the first day of Citrus Expo 2015, which kicked off yesterday at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center, has an update on what took place.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Palm Beach County in Florida as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.
“Our hearts go out to those Florida farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a Read the rest of this entry »
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Richard Meadows from Columbia, Alabama talks about how he has seen positive results from a beef checkoff funded promotion.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how the Commissioner moved to expedite Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications for active military members and veterans.
The big day is finally here as Citrus Expo 2015 officially kicks off today, Wednesday, August 19, at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Josh McGill has more, including comments from AgroSource President Taw Richardson.
Cathy Isom has some tips on cutting down the time you’ll spend in the yard. In the first part of her series on lawn tips, Cathy talks about how you mow your lawn could help save time for more play and less work.
Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has expressed special appreciation for a select group of state legislators. The organization is recognizing these leaders with the Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture awards.
Creeping Indigo was first noted in South Florida as a toxic plant in the early 1930’s and cases of indigo poisoning have been found as far north as Alachua County. Toxicity has been reported in all livestock Read the rest of this entry »
Mongi Zekri, a multi-county citrus Extension agent with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will be honored with an Art Hornsby Distinguished Extension Professional and Enhancement Award. The award recognizes a state or county Extension faculty member with a term professorship for creative contributions and outreach programs. Zekri will receive a one-time $3,000 salary supplement, $2,000 for Extension program support, and a commemorative certificate. Additional Extension awards will be announced on September 4 at the Extension Professional Associations of Florida conference in Naples.
Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, will share results on newer peanut varieties. Photo credit: Doug Mayo
Dr. Barry Tillman, University of Florida/IFAS peanut breeder, invites growers to attend the annual Peanut Field Day this Thursday, August 20, at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Marianna. Tyron Spearman has more on the story.
An update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency shows peanut acreage numbers vary some from the recent report released by USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Tyron Spearman runs through the numbers.
August 17: Today, American Seed Trade Association Chair Risa DeMasi, Grassland Oregon, voiced the seed industry’s support for the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management’s National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration during a rollout event in Boise, ID.
“The seed industry, in particular the conservation and reclamation seed sector, has a long and successful history of cooperation with Read the rest of this entry »
Several Florida citrus growers will join University of Florida researchers in a comprehensive Citrus Nutrition Day seminar September 15 at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. A $15 registration fee must be paid prior to September 8.