Gainesville, FL – Call them Florida’s “Big Money Bugs” – the insects responsible for the greatest economic damages, costs and benefits that arthropods generate in the Sunshine State. Read the rest of this entry »
Farm groups are already looking ahead to the next farm bill. Agriculture and commodity groups are starting meetings regarding issues facing agriculture that the groups deem important for the next farm bill, expected in 2018.
A Homestead tomato producer and packer has received a prestigious honor for his business success and his contributions to his community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Paul J. DiMare as Florida’s top farmer for 2016.
Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes him for his innovative practices as a tomato grower and packer, as a community leader and as a responsible employer. Learn more.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes an interview with Pete Spyke discussing the results he’s seen using slow-release fertilizer methods. Today’s issue also includes a Florida Department of Citrus update. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. The ITC report noted the U.S. agriculture sector will increase output if TPP is passed.
A government report on the impact to the U.S. economy of an Asia-Pacific free trade deal confirms what the National Pork Producers Council and other agricultural and business groups have known: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will be good for U.S. agriculture, U.S. businesses and the U.S. economy.
The TPP, negotiations on which were initiated in late 2008 and concluded last October, is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP. The countries combined have more than 800 million consumers. Read the rest of this entry »
Monarch butterflies and pollinators are in trouble. You can help by planting a pollinator garden! You can plant a garden anywhere – your yard, school, church, business or even in a pot for your front steps.
A simple, native flower garden will attract beautiful butterflies to your yard and help pollinators stay healthy. In addition to nectar from flowers, monarch butterflies need milkweed to survive, so if you notice the leaves on your milkweed have been chomped, don’t worry, it’s a great sign!
A study on how orange juice can help athletes stay hydrated is back on the table as the Florida Citrus Commission looks at cutting 16 jobs and making other budget reductions amid major problems in the citrus industry. The commission Wednesday did not propose many changes to a proposed Read the rest of this entry »