Article by: Pablo A. Navia Gine
Innovation Technical Leader
Pablo A. Navia Gine
Nematodes are the most prolific parasite on the planet. With more than 10,000 classified species worldwide, they can be found virtually everywhere — in soil, water, and inside plants and animals. Described as the “unseen enemy”, nematodes account for an estimated 14 percent of all worldwide plant losses, which translates into global yield losses of more than $100 billion annually, including $9.1 billion here in the U.S.
Crop production problems induced by nematodes generally occur as a result of root dysfunction, reducing rooting volume and foraging and poor utilization of water and nutrients. The most widespread and Learn more about NIMITZ and ADAMA.
More than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »
Lots is changing in produce and floral production and marketing these days. Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann offers great insights in this lively and pointed discussion, in the midst of the 2014 PMA Summit held in Anaheim California this week.
While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.
We told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.
From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »
Though more than 141,000 Giant African Land Snails have been eliminated in Florida during the past three years, a new infestation of 2,000 of the destructive snails has been found in Miami-Dade County, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Tuesday. He called on Miami-Dade residents to help in the effort to eradicate the snails, which are originally from east Africa and pose threats to parts of the agriculture industry and human health. “This new find of Read the rest of this entry »
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Barrineau Park 4-H Club.
A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
Bradenton, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the launch of an innovative mapping technology to more precisely assess communities in need across Florida.
“Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” uses Geographic Information Systems, or GIS technology, to view data from the statewide view down to the street level and is the first time that a Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.
If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky-high prices. And with fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.
All this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.
With back to school time here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants children across the state to know about Sammy Soil, a soil conservation icon for NRCS. Sammy, who has managed to capture the public’s attention for more than 40 years, started as a cartoon and now serves as a mascot for the agency. To learn more about Sammy click here.