From the House Committee on Agriculture:
Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to conduct general oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified, taking questions from committee members on various programs and projects the department manages and Read the rest of this entry »
Florida Department of Citrus Deputy Executive Director Shannon Shepp was named interim executive director Wednesday by the Florida Citrus Commission. The move was made immediately after the commission accepted the resignation of former executive director Doug Ackerman.
Everett Griner talks about world record vegetables in today’s Agri View.
Cathy Isom tells us how the USDA and NASA are using satellites to better monitor soil moisture and detect wildfires.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports on how lower gas and oil prices are helping farmers and on new funding for University of Florida faculty. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
From the Florida Public Service Commission:
TALLAHASSEE — Emphasizing the value of energy efficiency, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved program plans for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, Inc. (DEF), Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Gulf Power Company (Gulf), and Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC) that comply with the Commission’s conservation goals set last year.
The Demand Side Management (DSM) plans proposed by the utilities meet and/or exceed the PSC-established conservation goals for summer and winter demand and annual energy sales for Read the rest of this entry »
From the University of Florida IFAS:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering workshops at various research and education centers to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Soils. The workshops, aimed primarily toward high school agriscience and science teachers, are free and open to the public.
“The workshops are for any teacher who wants to incorporate more soil-based information into his or her lessons,” said Libbie Johnson, agriculture agent at Escambia County Extension. Researchers will Read the rest of this entry »
Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman resigned Monday after his arrest last week on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and several traffic citations stemming from a traffic accident in South Lakeland.
Everett Griner talks about a big step in precision farming in today’s Agri View.
Today, Cathy Isom fills us in on who farmers should talk to — and where to go first — when facing tough financial times.
Each year, more than 20,000 participants throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains come together for the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention and Expo. And for the next two years, the event will be held here in the Southeast.
Those attending the full seminar program at Citrus Expo on August 19–20 will be eligible to earn a total of six continuing education units (CEUs) toward a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services restricted-use pesticide license. The distribution of CEUs will be as follows:
Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the morning session
Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the afternoon session
Thursday, August 20: 2 CEUs for the morning session
Available CEU categories include Ag Tree, Private and Research & Demo.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, drone danger, cutting edge workplace technology, and a monument designation celebration.
Just like in the commercial groves, HLB is making things difficult in the Citrus Research and Education Center’s research groves. Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, talks about an endowment that has been started to support the operations at the center.
The 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. But today, July 20th, is the deadline to take advantage of advanced registration rates. Registration is Read the rest of this entry »
Registration for the 2016 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Orlando will open in October. The convention will be held January 10-12 with pre-convention events the two days before. AFBF convention specialist John Hawkins says Orlando gives the event a family atmosphere to enjoy.
Everett Griner talks about farm land, the costliest input, in today’s Agri View.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we get the forecast for U.S. cotton production, look at energy prices and what farmers might expect in the future, how careers in agriculture are expanding and more.
There is a new tool connecting women in agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us what it is and how it works.
The USDA has created an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for you to share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how the USDA can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. By e-mailing them, you will automatically be added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.
For more information CLICK HERE.
In the 25th year for the Environmental Stewardship Award Program, seven families, including the Carlton family who owns Bull Hammock Ranch in Florida, were honored this week for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.