Strawberry Growers May Eventually Save $30 Million a Year with Findings in New UF Study

Randall Florida, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

From the University of Florida/IFAS By: Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry …

Florida Preserves Nearly 4,000 Acres of Economically, Environmentally Sensitive Working Land

Randall Cattle, Florida, Forestry, General, Industry News Release

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of nearly 4,000 acres of sensitive agricultural lands in Hardee, DeSoto, Dixie and Indian River counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida’s economy. The purchases are a part of the Rural and …

USDA Announces Reopening of Brazilian Market to U.S. Beef Exports

Randall Beef, Cattle, General, Industry News Release, Livestock

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reached agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply to allow access for U.S. beef and beef products to the Brazilian market for the first time since 2003. Brazil’s action reflects the United States’ negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform …

President Obama Signs GMO Compromise Bill into Law

Randall Alabama, Corn, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release, Seeds, Soybeans, Technology

The White House announced late this afternoon that President Obama had signed a variety of bills today including S. 764, the Biotech Food Labeling Bill, otherwise known as the GMO labeling bill. The President’s signature now directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard. Here are releases from agriculture groups pleased with news:

Florida Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Issues Mosquito Declaration

Randall Ag "Outdoors", Florida, General, Industry News Release

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–In response to the continental United States’ first locally acquired cases of Zika confirmed today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued a statewide mosquito declaration. This mosquito declaration initiates aggressive mosquito control efforts within a minimum 200-yard radius around a locally

USDA Designates 4 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Tennessee

Randall Alabama, Cattle, General, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Weather

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Blount, Etowah, Limestone and Morgan counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties …

USDA Designates 6 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Randall Cattle, General, Georgia, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Weather

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cherokee, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gwinnett and Murray counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties …