Commissioner Putnam, Board of Trustees Approve New Conservation Easement in Putnam County

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the other members of the Board of Trustees approved today a conservation easement with Smith Family Farms as part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. More than 200 acres of the Putnam County farm will be protected under …

Conserve Florida: This Earth Day, We Salute the Soil

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From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida: Eighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, …

USDA Expands Beef and Pork Trade with Mexico and Peru

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From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: DES MOINES, Iowa, April 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The two agreements announced Friday will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and …

Commissioner Putnam Announces Record $4.2 Billion ‘Fresh From Florida’ International Sales in 2014

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that international exports of “Fresh From Florida” products increased last year to $4.2 billion, an all-time record. This is the third year in a row that Florida exports have

Statement by Commissioner Putnam on Updated Citrus Forecast for 2015

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on an updated 2015 citrus forecast for Florida, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released this statement: “The updated citrus forecast of 102 million boxes is holding steady, but the future of Florida’s iconic citrus industry continues to be threatened by citrus greening. The Florida Department of …

USDA Invests in Critical Dam Rehabilitation and Assessment Projects in 23 States

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From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today $73 million to be invested this year to rehabilitate and assess dams across the nation to ensure this critical infrastructure is protecting Americans from harm, securing public health and expanding water supplies in drought affected areas. About 150 projects and assessments in 23 …

Georgia Watermelon Association Dedicates $90,000 for 2015 Marketing Program

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From the Georgia Watermelon Association: The Georgia Watermelon Association (GWA) recently announced plans to dedicate more than $90,000 to a strategic marketing program during the 2015 watermelon season. The program will have a fourfold approach using billboards, television programming, in-store marketing, and social media promotions and anticipates reaching millions across the state with

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on Passage of Bill to Strengthen Florida’s Horse Industry

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tallahassee, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 226, sponsored by Senator Jack Latvala. “Florida’s horse industry has a $5.1 billion economic impact in our state, and I thank the Senate for

Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural producers who are practicing environmentally innovative farming practices. “These recipients have each shown a commitment to improving Florida’s environment and conserving our natural resources, especially water,” Commissioner of …