UF/IFAS a Trusted Source of Agricultural-Related Information

Dan Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Water

Florida’s county commissioners look to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for reliable agricultural-related information, according to a recent study. In May 2018, the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) surveyed 43 county commissioners to identify the sources they use for information on agriculture, food, water and natural …

On Tour in the Everglades Agricultural Area

Randall Weiseman Citrus, Florida, Sugar

The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is a unique region with a long, rich history. Last week, members of the AgNet Media team had the privilege to visit the EAA and surrounding farm areas to meet with some of the area’s key players. During the three-day tour, the team explored agricultural production systems, ranging from sugar to citrus.   ROTH FARMS …

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Ag Bankers, Accountants Oppose Sugar Policy Modernization Act

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

The Hagstrom Report says almost 60 banks and certified public accountants that all do business with sugar growers fired off a letter to the House and Senate Ag Committees opposing the Sugar Policy Modernization Act. The legislation would make changes to the American sugar program. The bankers and accountants say in the letter, “We’ve had the opportunity to review the …


U.S. Sugar Prepares for Cold Weather in South Florida

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Sugar, Vegetables, Weather

With South Florida expected to experience some of the coldest weather of the season, U.S. Sugar and its family of farmers have begun making preparations to limit any impact on crops. U.S. Sugar’s Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Judy Sanchez issued the following statement: “As the coldest weather of the winter thus far approaches, like most farmers …


UF Assistant Professor Wins National Agronomy Award for Innovative Sugarcane Research

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Sugar

A University of Florida plant scientist, who has created varieties of sugarcane that are grown across more than 90 percent of Florida and in several Central American countries, has been given a national award for his innovative work. The American Society of Agronomy has awarded the Early Career Scientist Award to Hardev Sandhu, a sugarcane specialist at the UF Institute …


Negron Backs Aid for Agriculture Industry

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Livestock, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida lawmakers should provide financial help to the agriculture industry to aid its recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Senate president said Friday. Without putting a price tag on the state’s contribution, Senate President Joe Negron appeared to favor tax cuts and mitigation measures rather than loans. He pointed to major damage sustained by citrus growers but also said assistance should …


Fighting the Sugar Policy Modernization Act

Dan Sugar

Amendments designed to gut no-cost U.S. sugar policy were rejected three times on the Senate floor, two times on the House floor, and twice at the committee level during the 2014 Farm Bill debate. But with talks taking place for the 2018 Farm Bill, Phillip Hayes, spokesperson for the American Sugar Alliance, says backers of those defeated amendments are trying again …


Working on Sugar Support Programs Before 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar

Politico’s Morning Ag Report says North Carolina Republican Representative Virginia Foxx is working on sugar market reforms as the 2018 Farm Bill draws closer. Foxx and a bipartisan group of more than 30 members of Congress have introduced the Sugar Policy Modernization Act. She says the policies within the legislation will keep processors from having to forfeit their crops and …

Palm Beach County Sugarcane, Vegetable Fields Flooded

Dan Field Crops, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Sugar

Fresh green beans, a popular dish on the Thanksgiving table, are expected to be in short supply this Thanksgiving after vegetable and sugar cane crops in western Palm Beach County were wiped out by flooding. Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, drenched and flooded fields south of Lake Okeechobee in the Belle Glade and Pahokee area, …