University of Florida (UF) leaders are hosting executives from a global seed company in Gainesville this week for a big announcement. When you consider Limagrain is the world’s fourth largest seed company overall, and its HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seed business unit is number two in vegetable seeds, it’s a pretty big deal that the entire board of directors and executive team are in town to be a part of it. In addition to touring UF’s ag research facilities this week, they are here to formally announce a unique investment and support program for the “Challenge 2050 Project” at UF/IFAS. If you’re a Florida farmer, you’ll want to Hear the informative report, and more.
Producing and Licensing New Plant Varieties Developed by UF/IFAS Plant Breeders
By Jackie Burns,
UF/IFAS dean for research and director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
For more than a century, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) plant breeders have released new plant varieties with superior traits such as improved disease resistance, greater yields and better flavor. The varieties developed by UF/IFAS have had tremendous economic benefit to the state of Florida and its agricultural producers. Read the rest of this entry »
Bipartisan Group Urging Passage of Trade Legislation Critical to Agriculture Economy
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Ann Veneman (George W. Bush Administration) and Dan Glickman (Clinton Administration) today announced new bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. The secretaries discussed the importance of new trade partnerships that will help to expand American exports, increase wages, and help American businesses, including farms and other agriculture businesses, grow and create jobs across the country.
The past six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion since 2009. USDA strives to create new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers so that they can sustain and grow their businesses and, in turn, foster economic growth in rural communities and create new jobs. Increased trade and exports will build on this success.
From the University of Florida/IFAS:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three new cultivars each of blueberry and coleus have been approved for release by a University of Florida panel.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cultivar Release Committee approved Read the rest of this entry »
From the National FFA Organization:
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.
It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about Read the rest of this entry »
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:
MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »
Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.
Everett Griner talks about CCD not the only bee problem in today’s Agri View.
By Kimberly Moore Wilmoth
Source: Sierra Scott
TAMPA, Fla. — Nearly 20 students from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were treated to an all-expense paid trip to the 54th annual American Seed Trade Association’s 54th annual Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference show in Tampa this week.
Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative group specializing in field and vegetable seeds, and Learn more about the conference.
Visiting with AgNet’s Gary Cooper at this week’s American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Tampa, HM CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston offers a few comments about the continued growth and advancement of this specialty vegetable seeds company, and comments at length about a unique student program at the University of Florida that helps prepare students to get involved with the industry’s challenge to feed a hungry world in the future.
It’s the annual gathering of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), where key players in the global vegetable and flower seed industries come together to do business and keep up with the issues driving the industry. AgNet’s Gary Cooper reports from the scene as once again ASTA meeting attendees are learning how critical consumer food interests are to what goes on at the farm.
By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 22, 2015………. Florida lawmakers, who received a directive from voters in November to increase spending to protect water sources and sensitive lands, were told to “think big and act boldly” by the state agriculture commissioner on Thursday.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told members of the House State Affairs Committee that any approach to addressing Florida’s water needs should first focus on restoring natural springs and Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:
Gainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John L. Hoblick expressed his appreciation for the general state water policy outlined today by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam before the House Committee on State Affairs in Tallahassee. Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam presented recommendations on comprehensive water policy for Florida to the House State Affairs Committee today.
Excerpts of his testimony are below:
“Water is the biggest long-term issue facing Florida, regardless of what part of the state you are from. … Every corner of the state for various reasons is in some form of conflict. This will be hard. This will be Read the rest of this entry »
Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.
Everett Griner talks about migrant farmworker complaints continuing in today’s Agri View.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder on Friday’s dairy program deadline and information on increased protection for specialty crop growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.
Everett Griner talks about migrant labor helping America grow in today’s Agri View.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »
More information is available at healthcare.gov.
Everett Griner talks about imposters invading Farmer’s Markets in today’s Agri View.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4.5 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be awarded to nonprofits, producers, academic institutions, government agencies and others to fund projects that will enhance the Read the rest of this entry »
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.