More than 470 seed industry professionals from across the nation gathered in Portland, Oregon June 18-22 for a joint Annual Convention of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the Oregon Seed Association. ASTA’s Annual Convention brings together the association’s diverse membership to tackle the collective issues confronting the seed industry today. During the meeting, ASTA elected its 2016-2017 officer team which will continue to drive the association’s five year Strategic Plan, focusing strongly on advocacy, efficiency of operations, and internal and external communications. Read the rest of this entry »
From the University of Florida/IFAS:
By: Ashley McLeod
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While almost half of Floridians acknowledge buying genetically modified foods, a recent survey by the Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida reveals that most people want to know much more about those foods.
On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a rule that will allow the use of drones commercially, including for agricultural purposes. The FAA rule limits most small commercial drone operations to daylight hours and requires operators to get certified every two years.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, says lawmakers are getting “close” to reaching a deal on GMO labeling.
Stabenow told Politico she and the committee’s chair, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, are “narrowing the issues” surrounding GMO labeling legislation. Stabenow says she and Roberts are Read the rest of this entry »
More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product. Cathy Isom tells us about the popular fruit also known as some of the best fertilizer for your garden.
During last week’s Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention, the Florida Beef Council gave its annual report. And Cliff Coddington from Bradenton, Florida talks about some of the events the council took part in.
From sunrise to sundown, there is one Florida beekeeper and forester who never stops moving, learning or doing. In a story from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service of Florida, this coming September Willie Earl Paramore will turn 90, but he isn’t letting any grass grow under his feet.