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Spring Produce

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It is Spring and time to head to your local Farmers Market. Cathy Isom fills you in about the special produce you’ll find at its very best this time of the year. That’s coming on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Funding to Support Specialty Crop Pest Management

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program (also known as Interregional Research Project or IR-4).

“The IR-4 funding allows NIFA to ensure that new, robust crop protection products are created,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments will lead to improved practices and profits for specialty crop producers.” Read the rest of this entry »

ICYMI: Senator Negron’s Visit to the Glades Met With Disappointment, Anger from Residents Threatened by Senate Bill 10

gladesOn Friday, Senate President Joe Negron visited Pahokee High School to meet with Glades residents and answer questions about the negative impact Senate Bill 10 would have on the Glades communities, including Pahokee, which is located in Senator Negron’s own district. According to Senate Bill 10’s staff analysis, the bill has a “negative fiscal impact… due to the reduction in available farmland.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees, Read the rest of this entry »

Freeze Impacts on Southeastern Crops Still Unknown

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Damage assessments to peaches and other southeastern crops will continue for weeks in the aftermath of this week’s freeze event. Rod Bain has the first part of this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

Florida Peaches attached to a peach tree. Fruit, stonefruit, horticulture. (UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.)

Peaches attached to a peach tree. Fruit, stonefruit, horticulture.
(UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.)

Florida peaches make for a succulent snack, say consumers surveyed by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.

That’s encouraging news for Florida producers trying to expand their reach, not only in the Sunshine State but nationally, said Joy Rumble, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural education and communication. Read the rest of this entry »

Freezing Temperatures Threaten Strawberry, Peach Crops

freezing temperaturesThe threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry and peach growers from production mode into protection mode.

Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeastern Peach Crop Threatened by Freezes This Week

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Arctic air could bring trouble for southeastern fruit crops, particularly peaches. Gary Crawford has the first part of this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FRESH! Recipe: Vegetable Pasta

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On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to talk about using what’s in season in his new Fresh! Recipe video: Vegetable Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

snap house agriculture committeeRep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade assistance and extension services. This hearing is a continuation in the series of hearings that set the stage for the next farm bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Blackberry Varieties with Growers in Mind

Blackberries in a glassCollaborative research is leading to new types of blackberries with potential to expand markets for growers. Rod Bain has the details.


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Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

sugar-cane-blooms-along-irrigation-canal-in-southern-floridaFlorida’s 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron’s proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the purchase of 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee to build a reservoir.
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