From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is warning Floridians in Miami and at other ports to be on the lookout for Giant African Land Snails, after it was reported Monday that inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscated 67 of the invasive, destructive snails this month.
Giant African Land Snails – known as GALS for short – were detected in Florida in 2011. Scientists consider GALS to be one of the most Read the rest of this entry »
One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.
USDA continues the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, including provisions providing new risk management options to farmers and ranchers.
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.
“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of Read the rest of this entry »
A House Subcommittee approved legislation last week to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nine-percent.
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This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.
Last year’s 5K run was just for starters. This year’s Florida FFA Foundation “Swampfest” at the FFA’s Leadership Training Center in November will bust things wide open with a huge added BBQ competition sanctioned by the Florida BBQ organizational gurus. Hear all the details in this interview with Gary Bartley of the Florida FFA Foundation, who Read the rest of this entry »
Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.
As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said this week that the agency’s final rule on volumetric requirements for biofuels has been delayed because the Obama Administration wants to ensure the rule still encourages the increased use of biofuels over time.
It’s important for consumers to learn about food production, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.
The annual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society is coming up July 13-16 in Savannah, Georgia. This annual meeting draws scientists, educators, public officials and others interested in invasive aquatic plants, including their impact and effective management techniques. For more information visit www.apms.org.
From the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association:
MAITLAND, FL (July 10, 2014) — Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced this afternoon that House Republican leadership does not intend to bring an immigration bill to the floor. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association issued this statement in response:
“We are extremely disappointed at Read the rest of this entry »
Due to various efforts, school-aged children across the country are being provided summertime school meals, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.
WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »
More than 90 agriculture organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.