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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 22, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about concerns of nitrate poisoning in cattle, results of a new survey coming this fall, plants that can make your garden thrive with very little water, weather conditions affecting crops Read the rest of this entry »

Application Deadline Nearing for Florida Cogongrass Treatment Program

fl-forest-service-logoThe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also wants to remind landowners that the deadline to apply for the Florida Forest Service Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is Friday, July 29, 2016.

The Cost-Share Program is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Mole Cricket Biological Control Program Saves State Millions

From the University of Florida IFAS
by Beverly James

mole-cricketGAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a recent study, researchers with the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in cooperation with Florida A&M University economists estimated that a 34-year program to control invasive pest mole crickets in the state has saved cattlemen approximately 13.6 million dollars a year. Over the long term, that figure balloons to 453 million dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

Rubio and Putnam Visit Florida Citrus Grove

rubio-citrus-grove-tour-300x169Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam toured a citrus grove impacted by citrus greening in Polk County Thursday. Both Senator Rubio and Commissioner Putnam are key advocates in the fight against HLB and have worked on both the federal and state levels to provide assistance to Florida citrus growers. Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill was able to ask Senator Rubio this quick question.


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During the event, Commissioner Putnam said the Florida citrus industry is in a fight for its life. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial: Florida’s Controversial Algae Bloom

Comments from AgNet Media’s Gary Cooper and a Guest Commentary from a Former Florida Lawmaker

GaryAs a Florida native having grown up on a small farm in eastern Palm Beach County, I’ve had firsthand knowledge of South Florida’s algae blooms for decades. As a professional journalist dedicated to the ag news beat in Florida for nearly 40 years, and having covered many other controversial environmental stories in the Sunshine State, it is no surprise to hear minimally informed or slanted critics jumping on the “blame agriculture” bandwagon once again. Historically, it seems to be a popular method of some anti-agriculture or anti-sugar interests to divert the blame that belongs elsewhere if a more accurate truth be known.
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NASS to Release Locally Grown Marketing Survey This Fall

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing

USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) will be releasing the results of a new survey this fall. Jim Ewing, director of the Southeast Region for NASS, says this one is a locally grown marketing survey.


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President Obama Signs Global Food Security Act

president_official_portraitPresident Barack Obama has signed the Global Food Security Act of 2016, S.1252. This bill requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition. President Obama made these comments during Wednesday’s White House Summit on Global Development.


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Celebrate Florida Agriculture and Natural Resources by Cheering on the Gators

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers, ranchers, landscapers – and everyone in between – are invited to celebrate Agriculture and Gardening Day at the University of Florida’s homecoming football game, Oct. 15, 2016.

UF Athletics and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are hosting the event and offering discounted tickets to anyone connected to agriculture in the state, including their families and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

South Florida Algae Bloom

 

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Lake Okeechobee’s northern side near the town of Okeechobee, FL. Photo credit: FL Farm Bureau

The algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River and the Indian River Lagoon have gained national coverage and become quite a controversial topic. The blue-green algae, called cyanobacteria, has affected individuals, businesses and farming in South Florida.

Charles Shinn, director of government and community affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, says that Farm Bureau is Read the rest of this entry »

Deep South Stocker Conference Returns to Georgia

deep-south-stocker-logoThis year, the Deep South Stocker Conference returns to Georgia, as cattle producers and ranchers are invited to attend the annual event August 4-5 at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton, Georgia. Lawton Stewart, beef cattle extension specialist with the University of Georgia, says it’s an effort between the University Extension Services in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.


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Florida Farm Bureau Supports GMO Labeling Bill

FFBFBoth the U.S. House and Senate did pass the mandatory GMO labeling bill before starting their summer recess, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is already working on the rulemaking process. Janell Hendren, national affairs coordinator for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, says they are happy to support the bill.


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UF/IFAS-Developed Web Tool Saves Money for Strawberry Growers in Several States

From the University of Florida/IFAS
By: Brad Buck

strawberriesGAINESVILLE, Fla. — A UF/IFAS-developed web tool – which has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year – is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California.

Florida’s strawberry crop is worth $300 million a year. It’s also Read the rest of this entry »

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