With back to school time here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants children across the state to know about Sammy Soil, a soil conservation icon for NRCS. Sammy, who has managed to capture the public’s attention for more than 40 years, started as a cartoon and now serves as a mascot for the agency. To learn more about Sammy click here.
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the return of hot dry weather to the Southern Great Plains is taking a toll on the cotton crop. And there are areas here in the Southeast also seeing a decline in conditions.
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference today from Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight his Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). Southerland was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other Florida stakeholders to highlight bipartisan efforts to stop the EPA and Army Corps from expanding its regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America. Afterwards, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with both of them to Read the rest of this entry »
Farmers across the Southeast are being asked to take part in America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Jack Payne with the University of Florida has an update concerning the issue some Florida cattle ranchers are having with panthers killing cattle. UF/IFAS was involved in a study of panther predation at two Southwest Florida ranches, and found that panthers rely on the mixed landscape of ranches for their habitat. So one idea involves ranchers maintaining key panther habitat.
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring crop report information from the August releases which came out this week from USDA. We also have a look at the SNAP program and how it’s being used in rural areas, and hoping to see more textile business coming back.
From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE – Today the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) voted to amend the existing boundary line of the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Florida Forever Project to include Bond Ranch, a 650-acre parcel. This step enables the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands to move forward with the acquisition of the parcel. Acquisition of conservation land is generally limited to Florida Forever project boundaries.
DEP’s Division of State Lands worked with the South Florida Water Management District and the Trust for Public Land to fast-track the boundary amendment to place it on Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations to Doug Thompson of Kard Properties, Inc. He won the drawing for the citrus-themed painting by Highwaymen painter Kelvin Hair at Citrus Expo.
Emory McTeer and Florida FFA state officers
Emory McTeer of McTeer Farms, Inc. took home the YETI cooler stuffed with grilling tools and accessories. The YETI was donated by AgNet Media in support of the annual fundraiser held for Florida FFA at Citrus Expo.
NEW YORK (August 14, 2014) Wall Street Journal – A private forecaster is predicting Florida will harvest its smallest orange crop in 50 years during the next crop year, according to a report viewed by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Elizabeth Steger, a closely watched independent forecaster, estimated Florida would produce 89 million boxes of oranges in the year beginning Oct. 1, according to the document. That would be a Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida encourages producers to learn more about the Conservation Stewardship Program. Participants in the program take additional steps to improve resource conditions including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, and even energy. One Florida farmer is pleased that he signed up for CSP.
One of the growers who participated as a speaker during the Citrus Expo seminar sessions was Jim Snively, vice president of grove operations for Southern Gardens Citrus. Taylor Hillman talked with him about some of the things they are finding in their dealings with HLB.
Hear reports from the Citrus Expo seminars and learn who won the gun safe giveaway in today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
While many people are attending this year’s Citrus Expo in Ft. Myers, another event that took place last night was the annual Gulf Citrus Growers Association Celebration event. The guest for this year’s event was Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam. Taylor Hillman caught up with him to discuss the issues affecting the citrus industry.
Gun safe winner Matt Moye (center) with Everglades Farm Equipment representatives
Congratulations to Matt Moye of Southeast Ag Management, LCC, the winner of the 2014 Citrus Expo John Deere gun safe giveaway. Sponsored by Everglades Farm Equipment, the annual giveaway has become a popular tradition at the trade show. All growers who pre-registered for Citrus Expo were entered into the contest.
Seminar sessions at the 2014 Citrus Expo will pick back up again this morning in Ft. Myers. But during yesterday afternoon’s session, growers were able to learn more about cost-share opportunities for precision nutrient and water management. Darrell Smith, assistant director of the Office of Ag Water Policy with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, spoke about cost-share opportunities, and Taylor Hillman caught up with him afterwards.