THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 13, 2016……….Coming off their worst harvest in five decades, citrus growers in Florida have fewer acres to work with, as they struggle to maintain the state’s signature crop against an incurable bacterial disease.
The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year, according to a survey released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The industry, now with less than half a million acres for production, has for years had to confront construction and population growth. Since 2005, the industry has also worked to fend off the ravages of Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve heard time and time again how the average age of the U.S. farmer is getting older and older. And because of that, one man says succession planning for farmers is extremely important. Southeast AgNet’s Ernie Neff talked with Michael Loney, a regional director for John Hancock Life Insurance Company, about this and other issues of importance for farmers looking at retirement.
Beef Checkoff dollars help Florida Cattlewomen promote beef in various ways each year. And Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about a brand new, month-long program that will be hosted by the Florida Cattlewomen called, “Train Like a Cattlewoman”.
The September crop report from USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service notes an increase in U.S. peanut production from last month’s estimate. Tyron Spearman has those numbers along with a look at some of the other row crops grown in the Southeast.
USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released its September crop reports today, and Bianca Pruneda with NASS in Washington, D.C. says the cotton acreage estimate was increased some from last month’s report.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2016 – A federal appeals court Friday overruled a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its release to environmental groups of personal information on tens of thousands of farmers.
In late 2015, a U.S. district court dismissed the NPPC-Farm Bureau suit for lack of standing. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis ruled that “the associations have established a concrete Read the rest of this entry »
Now that Congress is back their biggest challenge with just weeks to go before the end of the fiscal year is to avoid another government shutdown. But with only eight weeks to go before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are split over how long into the new fiscal year to extend current funding, either into a lame-duck Congress or a newly-elected one.
Here’s a date to jot on your calendar, September 30-October 1, as that’s when the Ranch Rodeo State Finals and Cowboy Heritage Festival will take place at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. The event includes a ranch horse competition, working cow dogs contest, a beef brisket cookoff, and even a whip popping contest.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the deadline extension for dairy producers to sign-up for MPP, we talk about mosquitoes and issues they can bring to livestock, National Chicken Month, fish farming, Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $26.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. The investment is made through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which fosters innovation in conservation tools and strategies to improve things like on-farm energy and fertilizer use as well as market-based strategies to improve water quality or mitigate climate change. And some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Giant African Land Snails (picture from FDACS)
MIAMI, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that more than 164,000 giant African land snails (GALS) have been eliminated in Florida since the invasive snail was discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2011. In addition to threatening more than 500 varieties of plants and agricultural commodities, GALS consume plaster and stucco to get the calcium needed to grow their shells. The snails also carry a parasite that can Read the rest of this entry »
The October issue of Citrus Industry magazine is coming soon to your mailbox or in box! Many readers will recognize the subject of this issue’s cover story. Allen Morris has played several roles in Florida’s citrus industry during the past three decades. You may know Morris as an economist, business consultant, marketer or author. He […]
Citrus growers sometimes ask University of Florida entomologist Phil Stansly why they should continue to spray for HLB-spreading psyllids when trees are already infected with the disease. Stansly answered that question at Citrus Expo in August. “There are two issues with HLB,” Stansly says in this interview with Tacy Callies summarizing his Expo presentation. “One […]