Many in agriculture continue to wait to see who will be chosen for certain positions within the new Trump administration, and that includes the American Sugar Alliance. And while trade issues are not as important to that industry, ASA director of media relations, Phillip Hayes, says the alliance looks forward to working with the new administration.
Learning this week of the passing of George Wedgworth, goosebumps came over me. If you knew this man, and even if you didn’t, I hope you will click through to listen to him share a firsthand account of some of his experiences, and how he went about creating the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative that remains a key part of South Florida agriculture today. Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 11, 2016………. Two Panhandle lawmakers and a county commissioner objected Thursday to a $2.4 billion proposal by incoming Senate President Joe Negron to buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to help reduce toxic algae blooms in Southeast Florida waterways. Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 9, 2016………. Lawmakers will be asked next year to approve bonding a big chunk of environmental preservation money to support the incoming Senate president’s desire to buy sugar farmland for water storage in the Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee.
Sen. Joe Negron, whose Stuart community has been heavily impacted by toxic algae blooms resulting from water releases out of the lake, on Tuesday proposed a $2.4 billion state and federal plan to buy Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an increase to the fiscal year 2016 Overall Allotment Quantity (OAQ) for domestic sugar, reassigned some of the projected surplus sugar marketing allotments among processors, and reassigned part of the surplus cane sugar marketing allotment to raw cane sugar imports. USDA recognizes that America’s beet sugar producers have made significant investments in a strong 2016 crop, but they continue to face uncertainty. Read the rest of this entry »
We share in the frustration over the Lake Okeechobee discharges. We want to collaborate in finding solutions that improve water storage and reduce the risk of discharges occurring again. But the Sierra Club’s reckless and mean-spirited attacks – which are part of their ongoing vendetta against sugarcane farmers – misdirect the focus away from any meaningful discussion of the facts that will lead us to real solutions. That these radicals are blaming a single company, U.S. Sugar, for systemic regional problems wrought by over 100 years of change is utterly ridiculous.
MyPlate, MyState, a celebration of hometown goodness and healthy eating styles. More details coming soon!
March is National Nutrition Month and throughout the month, USDA will be highlighting results of their efforts to improve access to safe, healthy food for all Americans and supporting the health of our next generation.
From farm to fork, agriculture and nutrition are integrally linked. And every state in the U.S. can play an important role in helping Americans eat healthfully.
During National Agriculture Week, which runs through March 19, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is inviting farmers, ranchers and all agriculturalists to “Show Us Your Ag.” It’s an effort to highlight how you care for your animals and how you raise your crops, educating today’s consumers.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo., (March 3, 2016) – Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company, said it best: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” And the first step to coming together is showing appreciation for your customers. In agriculture, our customers are the people who eat, wear and use the commodities that we grow and raise every day.
“We as farmers and ranchers sometimes don’t take the time to stop and show our appreciation to our neighbors, our Facebook friends and all those people we don’t know who Read the rest of this entry »
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]
More than 90 Florida citrus groves or former citrus groves were sold in 2016. Twenty four of the former groves are transitioning to other agriculture or to development. The sales are detailed in the Lay of the Land 2016 Market Report prepared by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) in Lakeland. The report was […]