A citrus “knowledge sharing” group decides on a strategy for HLB, the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is told Tuesday. The CRDF also learns how much Florida Citrus Mutual is asking the Florida Legislature for in the battle against HLB.
Energy industry leaders are pressing state legislators to fight President Obama’s EPA rules and the grassroots effort could boost agriculture in its fight with EPA over the pending Waters of the U.S. rule.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 – USDA is announcing that the Citrus Disease Subcommittee is meeting Dec. 9-10 in Lake Alfred, Fl., to consider and make recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2015 research agenda, budget, and annual priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. This will be the second meeting of the Read the rest of this entry »
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, turning wood waste into high strength material, and helping veterans get into farming. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo courtesy Laura Cash, UF/IFAS Volusia County 4-H Extension agent
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five Volusia County 4-H youth spent the kind of day most children only dream about ? touring the Kennedy Space Center and hoping to watch the launch of the Orion Spacecraft test flight.
The launch was delayed, but 4-H members Kaitlyn Jackson, 13; Jonathan Murdock, 13; AJ Seifert, 12; Joshua Lacey, 12, and Olivia Hall, 12, met with U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, a 4-H alumna from Georgia. Harden saw the Dec. 4 tour as a chance to connect with Read the rest of this entry »
The annual Citrus Guide containing contact information for Florida citrus industry organizations is just one of the highlights in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Articles address postbloom fruit drop, the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, and citrus grown in screenhouses. There’s also a grower profile. Editor Ernie Neff reports.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA has once again extended the deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program, US Tobacco Cooperative is issuing a call for redemption of certificates, and we look at changing fruit trends.
Back in the late 1970s, the Flue Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation issued Certificates of Interest in Capital Reserve to its members who delivered tobacco to Stabilization for the crop years of 1967 through 1973. Now, Ed Kacsuta, CFO of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, says a call is being issued for redemption of those certificates.
Athens, Ga. – Fresh water, a critical resource for life on Earth, may soon become dangerously scarce. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and by 2025, the demand for fresh water will exceed available resources for two-thirds of the world population, according to the United Nations.
Now, thanks in part to a $1.5 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Texas and the Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Shannon Dunn is the cultural resources specialist/archaeologist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida. She explains why it’s important to have an archaeologist on staff and how they can help landowners across the state.
University of Florida scientist Jude Grosser tells how experimental rootstocks exhibited during a December 3 field day perform compared to conventional commercial rootstocks. He also emphasizes the need for good nutrition and psyllid control in the effort to keep trees productive in the face of HLB.
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a short-term extension of several key tax credits. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, was hoping for a longer term solution.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes information on Alico’s three acquisitions and a report from a University of Florida Rootstock Field 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.
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2014) – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the Read the rest of this entry »
Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says NRCS is working to help protect those pollinators. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Protec Fuel will begin to offer E15 in Florida at retail stations in Ft. Meyers and Sarasota. E15 (15 percent ethanol) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in vehicles 2001 and newer. In addition to E15, consumers will also be able to purchase E85 (85 percent ethanol) at these stations for use in Read the rest of this entry »
FORT MYERS, Fla., Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO, “Alico” or “the company”), an agriculture and natural resources company, today announced the acquisition of three Florida citrus producers for total consideration of approximately $363 million. These acquisitions will make Alico’s citrus division the largest citrus producer in the United States, with total pro forma 2014 production of 10 million boxes annually. Read the rest of this entry »