GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Barrineau Park 4-H Club.
A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. Read the rest of this entry »
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a teleconference this afternoon to announce conservation funding to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation through a new Natural Resources Conservation Service Program.
Improved crop condition this year, effectiveness of products to combat HLB and the psyllids that spread it, and the need to keep up with all grove issues are addressed by Wayne Douberley with Kahn Citrus Management. He was one of several growers who discussed what is and isn’t working for HLB at a recent grower forum in Sebring.
Coyotes are a permanent part of Florida’s environment, and thus it’s necessary to understand the ag community’s perception of the influence of them on livestock and wildlife. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says that’s why they were involved in a recent survey about these animals.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how schools across Florida will be celebrating Florida School Breakfast Week during September 15 through September 19, 2014.
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2014 – The National Pork Producers Council, along with other agricultural groups, today unveiled an interactive website that shows land likely to be regulated by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know many beef producers were pleased to hear the results from the recent ROI study about their Beef Checkoff Program? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Cliff Coddington from Sarasota, Florida is one producer very pleased with the results.
Ashley McDonald with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has more information about the maps the Environmental Protection Agency finally released detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Bradenton, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the launch of an innovative mapping technology to more precisely assess communities in need across Florida.
“Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” uses Geographic Information Systems, or GIS technology, to view data from the statewide view down to the street level and is the first time that a Read the rest of this entry »
According to the latest numbers, peanut usage continues to climb. Tyron Spearman has that information along with a story about groups from other countries coming here to tour various peanut facilities.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week features a summary report of what does and doesn’t work for HLB for Highlands County citrus growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
Kent Bacus, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, wants to remind producers who suffered eligible disaster-related losses that they need to secure assistance by September 30 because on October 1, congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place.
A Highlands County grower forum Wednesday focused on what has and hasn’t worked in the HLB fight. Many in the crowd of 40 shared their experiences with HLB. Forum host and Highlands County Extension agent Laurie Hurner summarizes the discussion, which ranged from this year’s crop condition to psyllid control and the search for a “silver bullet.”