Everett Griner talks about how a chemical ban would destroy farming in today’s Agri View.
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 »
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From: News Service of Florida
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 »
From the University of Florida:
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 »
Everett Griner talks about how water requirements vary widely in today’s Agri View.
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 »
Everett Griner talks about expanding farm exports in today’s Agri View.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
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.
The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of Read the rest of this entry »
Four postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!
Everett Griner talks about the new update on Colony Collapse Disorder not encouraging in today’s Agri View.
USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.
To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
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.
More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.
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.
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference today from Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight his Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). Southerland was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other Florida stakeholders to highlight bipartisan efforts to stop the EPA and Army Corps from expanding its regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America. Afterwards, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with both of them to Read the rest of this entry »
Farmers across the Southeast are being asked to take part in America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.
From the Florida Division of Emergency Management:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ten years ago today, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.
“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the Read the rest of this entry »
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are conducting two agricultural pesticide collection days, one to be held Wednesday, September 3rd in Baldwin County and another on Thursday, September 4th in Henry County.
The ADAI Clean Sweep Program allows farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators, and nurseryman, at no cost, to bring up to Read the rest of this entry »
From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:
(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.
Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »