Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $5 million in federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Read the rest of this entry »
As many would assume, the number of cattle run through the Alabama, Florida and Georgia livestock auctions in 2013 was less than the year before. But according David Garcia, OIC for the Market News Service, the numbers did not drop as much as some might think.
The Kudzu Bug is growing concern for our soybean farmers in the southeast and was one of the hot topics discussed during Commodity Classic, being held in San Antonio this week. In the following interview, Dr. Jeremy Green with Clemson University advises growers on how to scout and manage the pest.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report from the USDA’s new HLB initiative leader as well as a research update on HLB efforts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday approved $6.3 million in disaster-assistance funding for the struggling Apalachicola Bay oyster industry. The money can be used for economic recovery efforts, including job training and oyster bed restoration.
The oyster industry has been hard-hit by a lack of freshwater since 2012, at least in part because of reduced flows due to an ongoing water dispute involving Read the rest of this entry »
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Irradiated, sterile flies dropped over seaports and agricultural areas to mate with unsuspecting females save food crops and millions of dollars in prevented infestations and the ensuing eradication efforts.
But blasting these secret-suitor insects with radiation via electron beams, X-rays or gamma-rays, tends to make them weaker than typical males — and not so appealing to females as possible mates.
In our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance programs, we are talking cattle pens. Ken Griner from Chiefland, Florida says they recently redid the setup on their operation and it’s made a big difference.
WASHINGTON, February 26, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 76 grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday, the Citrus Research and Development Foundation held their monthly board meeting and the commercial product delivery committee also got together. I talked with Harold Browning this morning about what was discussed at those meetings.
A House Republican on Tuesday filed a proposal (HB 1119) that would create a pilot project to determine the effectiveness of financial aid in attracting and retaining primary-care doctors in 12 largely rural North Florida counties. The bill, filed by Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, would require a report to be submitted in 2021 about the effects of a program known as the “Medical Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program,” which was Read the rest of this entry »
Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today a series of recommendations for the long-term coexistence of Florida’s citrus growers and beekeepers. Read the rest of this entry »
The American Meat Institute and the American Meat Science Association are tackling the argument that cutting meat from the diet will make it healthier in the latest video in the Meat MythCrusher series.
The packout rate for Indian River grapefruit is considerably lower than usual this year. University of Florida researcher Mark Ritenour gives the main reasons why less of the fruit is able to be shipped fresh. He also offers suggestions for increasing the packout rate.
With the inclusion of a strong five-year sugar policy in the 2014 Farm Bill, the nation’s sugar producers are setting their sights on addressing the foreign sugar subsidies that make U.S. sugar policy necessary.
County Cattlemen’s groups in Florida are being reminded that the Florida Beef Council has a variety of beef promotional materials available. Ashley Hughes says if you have any events upcoming to let them know.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida recently participated in a forum on cover crops and soil health, where Wendy-Lin Bartels, assistant research scientist for the University of Florida Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, says the discussion evolved to the development of a working group to increase cover crop adoption and soil health advancement in Florida.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to allow the USDA supported Cooperative Extension System and Land Grant Universities to work with the U.S. Special Operations Command to conduct research and develop programs for military families of Special Operations Units.
(Memphis, TN) – The Cotton Board will again be hosting a booth at the 2014 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show on February 28 and March 1 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee – and we want your used denim! The Cotton Board’s Regional Communications Managers will hold a Blue Jeans Go Green denim drive where each piece of donated denim earns a chance to win a $300 gift card from Cabela’s – World Foremost Outfitters. Read the rest of this entry »
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the Cooperative Extension Service, which celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year. More information is available online at 100 Years of Cooperative Extension.