Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: MIAMI, Fla.—The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of more than 40 Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. The department, along with the U.S. Department …

Scott Declares State of Emergency as Storm Looms

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FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA By JIM SAUNDERS THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 28, 2015………. With Tropical Storm Erika on a course to barrel into Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday declared a state of emergency for the entire state. The executive order pointed to updated forecasts from the National Hurricane Center indicating the storm likely will “travel up the …

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Leads Georgia Agribusiness Mission to Panama

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From the Georgia Department of Agriculture: Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black led a delegation of diverse agricultural interest to Panama August 23-26 with a goal of exploring the importance of the Panama Canal expansion and connectivity to our Georgia ports and intermodal connectivity to Atlanta and particularly the Atlanta State Farmers Market. The trade development mission was also aimed …

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Encourages Floridians to Have a Hurricane Plan

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—With Tropical Storm Erika making its way across the Caribbean and heading toward Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam encourages Floridians to have a disaster preparedness plan. “While the last hurricane to hit Florida was nearly 10 years ago, we cannot become

Florida Emergency Operations Center Activates to Level Two

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From the Florida State Emergency Response Team: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At 8 a.m. EDT today, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee activated to partial activation, as current forecast models now indicate Florida is within Tropical Storm Erika’s five-day cone of error. The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) continues to monitor the developing storm, as it prepares for any …

The Science of Soil Health: Nature’s Way of Extracting Minerals from Soil

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Breathtaking symbiosis… Through respiration, soil microbes provide key benefit to plants, scientist says Just when you thought soil microbes couldn’t possibly be more helpful, Dr. Will Brinton tells us they provide another, often overlooked benefit to plants. Microbes take in sugars from plant roots and respire carbon dioxide, Dr. Brinton explains, which then combines with the soil water to form …

Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton Program; Biosecurity Principles

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the Cotton LEADS program as well as biosecurity principles for poultry producers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Competition to Crown Florida’s Next Great Student Chef Begins

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The search for Florida’s next great student chef has begun with the start of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ “Student Chef Cook-Off.” Students in 4th through 12th grade can submit snack recipes featuring Florida-grown products for a chance to compete in the regional and state …