The registration period for FAST TRACK Suite III, featuring four IFAS seedless easy peel tangerine/mandarins will close at 4PM Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Once closed, registration to plant or commercialize these selections will remain closed for Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s Georgia Grown Moment, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black discusses Thanksgiving, and how thankful he is for those in agriculture who provide not only the food we eat, but other items we may not always think about around the dinner table.
In our weekly recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new funds that are now available for landowners wishing to protect various land types through conservation easements, tax extenders, peanuts and trade, which type of turkey to buy for your Thanksgiving feast, bacon and more.
California Citrus Mutual (CCM) is pleased to announce it has donated $25,000 to the crop sciences department at Cal Poly Pomona for research on Tamarixia radiate, a biological control agent for the Asian citrus psyllid.
Asian Citrus Psyllid
The Asian citrus psyllid is an invasive insect known to be in California that can carry a deadly citrus disease called Huanglongbing, which was recently discovered on multiple properties in San Gabriel.
The donation is the result of partnership between CCM and Bayer CropScience to raise awareness among residential citrus tree owners about the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing. To create social buzz around the issue, Bayer and CCM launched the Read the rest of this entry »
Cathy Isom tells us about the program giving women the opportunity to be the voice of agriculture. Now in its ninth year, American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp is helping its members take their messages of farming to the public. Recent industry studies show women are the most trusted voice when it comes to ag. Maybe it’s because women are the ones who are more in charge of food when it comes to our homes.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands. NRCS Assistant Chief Leonard Jordan says funds are now available for landowners wishing to protect various land types through conservation easements
Just a year ago we were talking about tax extenders and other end of the year issues many in agriculture were concerned about. And according to Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, that conversation is happening again this year.
Cathy Isom continues her series on car insurance telling us to know our coverage when it comes to auto insurance. When shopping around for the best auto insurance, one thing to consider is that every state has a minimum coverage required by law. What you find, if you are in any kind of serious car accident or semi serious car accident a lot of times the costs can be way higher than that. If you just have the minimum coverage for your state what you’ll find is that the insurance will cover that much and then you’ll have to foot the bill for the rest. Your out of pocket cost could be upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. What experts recommend for car insurance is that you buy a lot higher than the state minimum.
Pointing to smoke that comes from burning sugarcane, the Sierra Club on Thursday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to object to a state air-emissions permit for United States Sugar Corp. The state Department of Environmental Protection in September renewed the permit for U.S. Sugar’s Clewiston facilities. But the Sierra Club, represented by the environmental law firm Earthjustice, said in Thursday’s petition that the permit failed to properly take into account pollution from burning sugarcane in surrounding fields. Fire is Read the rest of this entry »
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding the Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations’ passage of a key water policy bill today that will help protect and manage Florida’s water resources:
“Florida has made great strides in restoring the health and managing the supply of our water resources. However, if we want to meet the needs of our growing population and thriving economy, while protecting the natural ecosystem, we must refine and strengthen Florida’s water policy. This comprehensive water legislation will help us meet our water needs by ensuring our efforts to protect and manage our water supply are scientifically rigorous and prioritizing projects that will yield the greatest measurable impact.” Read the rest of this entry »