The annual Florida State Fair opens Thursday in Tampa, and various state officials will be on hand to kick off this year’s event. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Attorney General Bondi will open the event with first responders by “flipping the switch” to turn on the lights of the midway. They will then join local farmers, ranchers and representatives from Read the rest of this entry »
The University of Florida/IFAS wants to congratulate this year’s inductees into the Florida Ag Hall of Fame. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says there are four deserving folks that will be inducted on February 9 in Tampa.
We told you recently that 2016 may be a disappointment to farmers as it’s not expected to bring a boost to low commodity prices or lower farm incomes. USDA chief economist Rob Johansson says producers will respond in a number of ways to cope with another year of low commodity prices.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today made the following statement on her plans to depart the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of February 2016:“Today is bittersweet for me as I announce my decision to step down as Deputy Secretary at the end of February. I am proud of what our Department has accomplished since 2009 to bring economic opportunity that will help rural America thrive for generations to come. And although I will not be part of the many great and transformational things USDA will accomplish over the next year, I am more committed than ever to Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding Governor Scott’s signing of water policy legislation:
“In a state as diverse as Florida, water is our common identity. I thank Governor Scott for signing this water policy legislation that will protect the quality and quantity of our water for future generations.
“Florida is the third largest state in the country and our growth rate recently surpassed that of California. Just as every person needs water, so too does Read the rest of this entry »
USDA invites agricultural producers, natural resource managers and anyone in the ag industry to attend a panel discussion titled “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Women, Minority and Veteran Farmers”. It will take place at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement today regarding the Florida House of Representative’s passage of a key water policy bill, one day after the Florida Senate’s unanimous passage, that will help protect and manage Florida’s water resources:
“After years of hard work, the Florida Legislature has passed meaningful water policy reform that will help tackle Florida’s biggest long-term challenge – water. This legislation will address the needs of our growing population and economy, and it will protect our most precious natural resources. This legislation is a desperately needed Read the rest of this entry »