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Backroom Briefing: Putnam Says Rural Areas Get ‘Short Shrift’

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM SAUNDERS AND JIM TURNER

scott money fight zika grimsleyTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 2, 2017………. Since Gov. Rick Scott took office slightly more than six years ago, he has focused — some would say almost singularly — on a message of jobs, jobs, jobs.

But Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who could run to replace the term-limited Scott next year, says economic-development efforts continue to lag in rural communities. In fact, Putnam said this week, rural economic development has been given “short shrift.”

“It’s time to make rural economic development a real priority,” Putnam said Tuesday while speaking to reporters and editors gathered at the Capitol for an annual Associated Press event. “It’s an example, Read the rest of this entry »

House Agriculture Committee Discussing New Farm Bill

farm billThe push for a new farm bill has gotten off the ground quickly with announcements and commitments by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee in their first meeting of the 115th Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Consumption Bowl

consumptionRemember the New Year’s resolution we all made about holding to our diet this year. Super Bowl weekend is no different. The consumption of calories during this one weekend is shocking. Cathy Isom explains to us why we may want to keep a scorecard of our calorie count on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

American AgricultureNew data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators.

USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators Read the rest of this entry »

Record Turnout for ASTA Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference

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The American Seed Trade Association 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference concluded Tuesday at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media was at the convention and spoke with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne about the record turnout at this year’s conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

National Meat Week

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No matter what kind of meat you like Bar-B-Q’d, this is the week for you. Gather your friends and hit the restaurants in your area. Cathy Isom tells you all about the week-long celebration devoted to a lot of Bar-B-Q. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.” Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 27, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 27, we discuss the fact many folks are in Orlando this weekend for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, talk about the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show coming up in Nashville, Tennessee, that Peanut Proud is accepting donations of money and product for those affected by the devastating storms and tornadoes, Super Bowl food, weather Read the rest of this entry »

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top Student Chef

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FreshFromFloridaLOGOTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages 9th through 12th grade students to enter the department’s “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off before the upcoming deadline on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Students can submit original recipes featuring locally grown products for the chance to have their meal served in school cafeterias. For rules and Read the rest of this entry »

Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

beef-usa-logoWASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2017) – Earlier this week, landowners scored a victory when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property. The Corps had claimed a piece of property owned by Hawkes Company, and used by Hawkes to harvest peat, was a “waters of the United States” which requires a federal dredge and Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fresh-from-floridaTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which has been presented annually since 1994 to environmentally innovative Florida farmers. The award recognizes enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Nominations must be Read the rest of this entry »

Broad Support for Georgia Storm Victims

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The series of deadly storms that moved across the Southeast this past week, including through southwest Georgia, has brought broad support from many for those victims. And Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar says that includes those in the state capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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