Growers Should Manage Tomato Bacterial Spot While Seedlings are in Transplant Facilities

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

BALM, FL (UF/IFAS-oct. 17, 2019) — New findings from University of Florida scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease. With 37,000 acres, Florida’s tomato industry is a $520 million-a-year crop, so it’s critical to find sources of diseases so growers can avoid or treat them to sustain their yields. But a bacterium called Xanthomonas …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Statement to Congress on Aquaculture

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, FL (FDACS-Oct. 16, 2019) — Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, in advance of the committee’s hearing on sustainable offshore aquaculture. In Florida, aquaculture is a $77 million industry, with over 700 aquaculture leases covering 2,700 submerged acres; the industry produces over 1,500 varieties of fish, plants, crustaceans, mollusks, corals, reptiles, and …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Legislation to Expedite Water Quality Improvements

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Jupiter, FL (EOG-Oct. 16, 2019) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced proposed legislation for the 2020 legislative session that will expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida. The legislation incorporates recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, which the governor created shortly after taking office to aid the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in protecting, conserving and managing the state’s natural resources. …


USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 31 States

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Investments will Benefit Nearly 300,000 Rural Residents WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 16, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states (PDF). “Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President …


Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB) — A new environmental study shows that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. …

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Results of the 2019 Southeastern Hay Contest

Dan Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release, Pasture

(Sunbelt Ag Expo-October 15, 2019) — The 2019 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC) presented by Massey Ferguson celebrates its 15th edition with a record of 380 entries vying for the top spot. Since 2004, the SEHC, a partnership between Auburn University, Clemson University, The University of Florida and The University of Georgia has been a key tool for promoting hay quality …


2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs Open

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Safety Net Program Payments for 2018 Have Started WASHINGTON (USDA/FSA-Oct. 15, 2019) — Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety net programs – for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile, producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than …


Trump: China Ag Purchases Already Underway

Dan Economy, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — President Donald Trump says China will immediately start buying U.S. agricultural products. Via Twitter over the weekend, Trump says China will start buying “very large quantities” of U.S. farm products, adding, “they have already started.” The administration says the agreement Friday includes $40-$50 billion of commodity sales to China over the next couple of years. China already had …

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Sunbelt Ag Expo Kicks off Today

Dan General, Georgia, Industry

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off today in Moultrie, Georgia. Expo Executive Director, Chip Blalock, says they have enhanced their youth educational programs this year. On Wednesday, COUNTRY Financial will sponsor the Youth Educational Challenges for students in 6th through 12th grade. There are various challenges lined up for them, as students can compete as an individual or as …