Putnam Speaks to Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam joined Governor Rick Scott to discuss the recent agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Irma and to request federal assistance. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The Florida delegation has a long history of coming together in the aftermath of these types of disasters and bringing the full weight of the third largest …


Rep. Matt Caldwell Announces Tax Relief Plan for Florida Agriculture Post Irma

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Representative Matt Caldwell announced his proposed tax relief plan to help Florida farmers recover from the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The plan includes proposed cuts to Florida’s Tangible Personal Property Tax and Motor Fuel Tax, which are taxes that nearly every farmer, ag-related business, and the small business pay. Representative Matt Caldwell said, “After touring the …

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Commissioner Putnam Releases Estimate on Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Cattle, Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline as policymakers create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. Right now, …

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Senate Ag Committee to Hold Meeting about Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Florida, Weather

Florida’s Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a meeting Thursday morning in Tallahassee to discuss agricultural damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma tore through the heart of Florida agriculture, leaving many growers to deal with devastation on their farms. Due to the immense amount of damage caused by Irma, it is expected to play a key role in the 2018 legislative session. …

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UF honors alumni, friends at annual Dinner of Distinction

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences honored some of its most ardent supporters at its annual Dinner of Distinction, held recently. This was the fifth year for the awards banquet that recognizes individuals and organizations that support and advance UF/IFAS in its research, teaching and Extension efforts. “Land-grant universities are special places, and the agriculture and …


UF Study: Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Abound in Deforested Lands

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees to make way for neighborhoods, farms, shopping centers, and other land uses, said Nathan Burkett-Cadena, a UF/IFAS entomologist and lead author of the study. For …