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

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 are contiguous. Those counties are: Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 are contiguous. Those counties are: Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Invited to UF Agriculture and Gardening Day

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Anyone with ties to the agricultural industry is encouraged to get tickets for 2016 Agriculture and Gardening Day at the University of Florida (UF) Gators homecoming football game October 15. Dr. Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, hopes farmers and ranchers from across the state will attend.


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Commissioner Adam Putnam and VISIT FLORIDA Promote Florida Agritourism

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and VISIT FLORIDA today announced a joint effort to highlight Florida’s growing agritourism industry by adding an agritourism feature to VISIT FLORIDA’s Attractions Finder online tool, which allows travelers to identify attractions that best fit their personal preference. This new feature gives travelers the opportunity to explore some of the state’s diverse agritourism attractions, as well as other Read the rest of this entry »

NASS Preparing for 2017 Ag Census

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

The census of agriculture, which is conducted every five years, is the only source of detailed county level agricultural data collected, tabulated, and published. And according to Jay Johnson, Director of the Eastern Field Offices for the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), preparations are already underway for 2017 Ag Census.


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USDA Designates 6 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Bartow, Habersham, Hall, Rabun, Stephens and Whitfield counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Florida Agriculture and Natural Resources by Cheering on the Gators

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers, ranchers, landscapers – and everyone in between – are invited to celebrate Agriculture and Gardening Day at the University of Florida’s homecoming football game, Oct. 15, 2016.

UF Athletics and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are hosting the event and offering discounted tickets to anyone connected to agriculture in the state, including their families and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rescue Dogs that Protect Florida’s $120 Billion Agriculture Industry

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Protecting Florida’s $120 billion agriculture industry requires an integrated approach, including the expertise of several four-legged helpers. During the dog days of summer, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is showcasing its lesser-known staff members—rescue dogs trained to detect invasive pests and disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Veterans, Small and New Farmers Invited to Workshop

USDAVeterans, small and new farmers are being reminded you are welcome to take part in a workshop in Crestview, Florida this Thursday, July 21. Darryl Williams, district conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Okaloosa County, says you can learn more about the various programs being offered.


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To learn more, call 850-526-4910 or contact your local NRCS office.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Hurricane Preparedness

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about hurricane preparedness. Floridians should have a disaster supply kit and have a plan of action in case a storm hits.


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To learn more click, FloridaDisaster.org.
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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cherokee, Madison and Marshall counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

“Our hearts go out to those Alabama farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Whitefly Spreads in Florida

From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
By: Brad Buck

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant pest that could damage agriculture, has spread from Palm Beach to seven other Florida counties, according to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher.

Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals, said Lance Osborne, an entomology professor at UF/IFAS.

The whitefly species has now been reported in Read the rest of this entry »

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