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USDA Announces Key Measures to Improve Pollinator Health

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

USDAWASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 – Today, during National Pollinator Week and in advance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) seventh annual Pollinator Week Festival, the USDA is announcing two initiatives in support of the President’s National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators, announced just over one year ago. A review of USDA’s most popular conservation program found that farmers and ranchers Read the rest of this entry »

Pleased with Senate GMO Labeling Agreement

GMO yellow sign with the corn crop in the backgroundIt’s been announced that an agreement has been reached on legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) that would set a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. Tyron Spearman has more.

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Merger between Two Bee Groups

bees working in the honey productionNational Pollinator Week continues through Sunday and during this special week, AgNet Media’s Corryn LaRue has a story about how a merger between two bee groups will mean more ease for researchers and more funding for projects within the industry.

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Direct Payments Expected to Rise in 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says direct payments made to farmers are expected to increase roughly 31 percent this year to $13.9 billion. Direct farm program payments are those paid directly by the U.S. Government to farmers and include fixed payments, crop price and revenue-based payments, and other payments such as Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commission Shoots Down 2016 Bear Hunt


ENews Service of FloridaASTPOINT, June 22, 2016………. Florida’s growing bear population will be out of the hunting crosshairs for this year.

But a one-year pause may simply help the state build a better case for a hunt in 2017.

After hours of objections from animal-rights advocates and support from hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday against a staff recommendation to Read the rest of this entry »

Home Preserving

Canning: Mother Sons Preserving Homegrown Fruits and VegetablesEverett Griner talks about home preserving foods increasing in today’s Agri View.

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Garden Décor

Garden collageA good garden can and should be about a lot more than growing flowers or food. Cathy Isom tells us about some useful things besides plants that will spruce up your garden.

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UF Survey Shows Most Floridians Want to Know More about Genetically Modified Foods

From the University of Florida/IFAS:
By: Ashley McLeod

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, 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.

“The study shows that Floridians believe they don’t know much about genetically modified foods and their Read the rest of this entry »

A Little Bit of Progress in Lifting Trade Barriers with Cuba

Michael T. Scuse

Michael T. Scuse

The number two official at the Agriculture Department says U.S. farmers may be one step closer to seeing trade restrictions with Cuba lifted. Gary Crawford has the first part of the story.

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FAA to Allow Commercial Drone Use

unmanned drone2On 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.

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Possible Compromise Near on National GMO Labeling Law

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 »


GMO foodsEverett Griner talks about GMO labeling becoming law of the land in today’s Agri View.

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