Citrus Expo has wrapped up for another year in Ft Myers, and a great crowd was on hand for the 25th anniversary of the event. Various prizes were given away, including the John Deere gun safe. Plus, a variety of topics were discussed during the seminar program, and that includes black spot.
There has been a lot of talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement the past few days, as last week the White House let Congress know it will be bringing TPP to lawmakers in a move that was intended to bring new energy to the discussions. The move came during this presidential campaign that has both major party candidates coming out against the deal.
During an event being held in Destin, Florida this week, various poultry facilities in Alabama, Florida and Georgia were among a total of 122 facilities recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance. Here’s a release from the National Chicken Council:
DESTIN, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2016 – At the 2016 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 122 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective Read the rest of this entry »
From the University of Florida/IFAS
By: Beverly James
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have introduced a program to help Florida growers maximize the use of nutrients and fertilizers while minimizing the impact on the environment. The results are less Read the rest of this entry »
Due to the serious flooding taking place in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi that is displacing many people, Peanut Proud officials have announced they going to be sending peanut butter to be given to Food Banks in those areas. Tyron Spearman has the details.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants producers to know that signup is underway for 2017 funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Christine Coffin, district conservationist in the Florida City NRCS field office, explains.
Blue Tang (picture from University of Florida/IFAS)
We all know that research efforts through the University of Florida/IFAS involves many different areas, but one you might not think a lot about is aquaculture. And in one case Dr. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says their research involves how to breed a fish that became well known in the movie, “Finding Dory”.
We told you a few weeks ago that work has already begun by some not only in agriculture, but also by a few lawmakers to start looking at what needs to be done for the next farm bill. Bob Redding, who represents peanut growers in Washington D.C., says the dynamics going into the next farm bill are different from what they were when the current one was put together.
Many in the citrus industry will be in Ft. Myers today and tomorrow, August 17-18, for the 25th anniversary of Citrus Expo in the Lee Civic Center. This year’s seminar program is one growers will not want to miss as the various topics include HLB management, incentive opportunities, bactericide use and more.
The Florida Beef Checkoff will be busy this weekend working with a group of folks who are on social media with consumers. In this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council tells us about their upcoming event with Food Bloggers.
The 25th anniversary of Citrus Expo kicks off Wednesday at the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers. And AgNet Media’s Gary Cooper hopes growers from across the citrus growing areas will attend this special event.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Judi Whitson, Florida’s 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Florida native Judi Whitson has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Judi Whitson has dedicated herself to the advancement of Florida agriculture, agriculture education and youth programs. The award, now in its 32nd year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.
“I am proud to recognize Judi Whitson as the 2016 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Her dedication to agricultural education and engaging Florida’s youth Read the rest of this entry »
Mike Sparks, executive vice president/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, issued the following report: “As you know, a big part of Mutual’s mission over the past three years was to try and uncover, create and support grower incentive programs to get more trees in the ground and rebuild our industry. Through the hard work of Commissioner […]
U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Bob Shatters updated Citrus Expo seminar attendees on results from ongoing bactericide research trials. He was among the many speakers who discussed tools for HLB in the seminar program. “The first year of applications, we were detecting reductions in the bacterial population of the plant,” Shatters said. “And we did […]