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Florida Suffers Setback in Water Wars

by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida

florida scott money fight zika grimsleyIn a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING NEWS: Florida “Water War’ Arguments Rejected

From: The News Service of Florida

scott money fight zika grimsleyA special master recommended Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court rule against Florida in a legal battle with Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS to Hold RCPP Workshop

conservation proposalsUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida will be holding a Regional Conservation Partnership Program Workshop on March 15 in Kissimmee. This event will give those interested more information about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef Council Continues to Implement Programs

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We told you last month that at the end of 2016, the Florida Beef Council had a position open up, and efforts continue through various interviews to fill it. But Jim Handley, chief executive officer with the Beef Council, wants producers to know work through their beef checkoff continues and has this reminder as to how the program is conducted in the state. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Researchers: Many Turning to Oysters for Valentine’s Day Energy

by: Beverly James, UF/IFAS, beverlymjames@ufl.edu

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Raw oysters on ice. Oyster, shellfish, seafood, food safety. 2009 Annual Research Report.
Photo by Tyler Jones.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be thinking about revving things up by eating a few oysters. We’ve all heard that oysters are aphrodisiacs, but researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say there’s more to the story.

“Oysters might be perceived as an aphrodisiac because they have a high proportion of glycogen, a form of stored carbohydrate that can give you energy,” said Peter Frederick, a research professor with the UF/IFAS department of wildlife ecology and conservation. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Farmers are in Good Position

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Research leader of the National Peanut Lab, Dr. Marshall Lamb, last week told Alabama and Florida peanut farmers that for 2017, “We are in a good position.” Tyron Spearman has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Recipe – Lobster Tail

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On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to talk about the newest Fresh! Recipe video featuring Florida Spiny Lobster Tails. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 10, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending February 10, we discuss trade, bees and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Negron Water Plan Filed in House

water floridaRep. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, filed a House bill Friday to match a controversial $2.4 billion proposal — backed by Senate President Joe Negron — to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. The aim of the bill (HB 761) is to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways, just south of Altman’s district. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Set for May 2

Florida agriculture literacy
The 14th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and the third in a series of new non-fiction children’s books has been developed that will highlight Florida’s aquaculture and seafood industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Peanut Producers to Hold Annual Meeting

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The Florida Peanut Producers Association will soon hold their annual meeting. Tyron Spearman has the details. Read the rest of this entry »

North Dakota Farmer Learns about Florida Ag Issues

North Dakota Corn Growers Association President Carson Klosterman

Carson Klosterman

North Dakota Corn Growers Association President Carson Klosterman, a farmer from Wyndmere, North Dakota and member of the National Corn Growers Association’s Stewardship Action Team, was recently in Florida for a planning meeting. He says they discussed a variety of issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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