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Sunshine State’s Farmer of the Year

Miami-Dade County Man Named Sunshine State’s Farmer of the Year

farmerFarmer of the Year 5A Homestead tomato producer and packer has received a prestigious honor for his business success and his contributions to his community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Paul J. DiMare as Florida’s top farmer for 2016.

Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes him for his innovative practices as a tomato grower and packer, as a community leader and as a responsible employer. Learn more.

ITC Report Shows Economic Benefit of TPP

On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. The ITC report noted the U.S. agriculture sector will increase output if TPP is passed.


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Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

How to build a butterfly and pollinator garden in seven steps

Monarch ButterflyMonarch butterflies and pollinators are in trouble. You can help by planting a pollinator garden! You can plant a garden anywhere – your yard, school, church, business or even in a pot for your front steps.

A simple, native flower garden will attract beautiful butterflies to your yard and help pollinators stay healthy. In addition to nectar from flowers, monarch butterflies need milkweed to survive, so if you notice the leaves on your milkweed have been chomped, don’t worry, it’s a great sign!

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Women Farm Operators

women farm operatorsEverett Griner talks about the decline of women operators in agriculture in today’s Agri View.


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Updated Foodkeeper App

foodkeeper appThe USDA’s Foodkeeper app is a handy way of finding out on your smartphone or tablet if those leftovers are safe to eat. Cathy Isom fills us in about the changes coming to the mobile app that tells us how long we can keep and safely eat food.


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Reactions to EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association Releases Concerning EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

From Growth Energy:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The conventional biofuel amount of 14.8 billion gallons is an increase from 14.5 billion gallons in 2016, but Read the rest of this entry »

New Report Supports GMO’s Amid Labeling Debate

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)A new report by the National Academies of Sciences released Tuesday concludes that genetically modified organisms cause no more health problems for people than other foods.


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ASTA Hoping for Uniform Labeling Policy

Andy Lavigne

Andy Lavigne

Genetically modified organism labeling continues to be a hot topic for many, and it’s an issue that continues to be a major focus for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). Association CEO Andy Lavigne explains why.


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Invasive Imports

invasiveEverett Griner talks about landscape plants affected by imported invasive diseases in today’s Agri View.


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Food Waste Goals

reduce food waste people cycle sign conceptUSDA researchers will soon establish the start of what will be a long-term measuring process of how well we are doing in reducing food loss and food waste. Cathy Isom tells us about the tool researchers plan to use to figure out if Americans are really reducing food waste.


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USDA Grants Will Create New Uses and Markets for Wood Products

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack holding a sample of Cross Laminated Timber (Picture courtesy of USDA)

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack holding a sample of Cross Laminated Timber (Picture courtesy of USDA)

The Agriculture Department’s Forest Service is helping pay for new projects to create new uses and markets for wood products. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Bama’s Best Beef Contest Final Four

aca-bamas-best-beef-2016Erin Beasley, director of consumer marketing for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, says it has announced the names of the final four in Bama’s Best Beef Contest.


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