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Ranch Rim Ditches Debated at South Florida Water Management Meeting

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Water

Thanks to south Florida ag news colleague Katrina Elskin at Lake Okeechobee News for this recap of this week’s South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meeting in West Palm Beach. WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop …

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Northeast Florida Farms Test ‘Eyes in the Ground’ Through UF Program

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Technology, Water

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Farming is a business of uncertainty. Through droughts and downpours, generations of Florida farmers have continued to till the land and contribute to a multibillion-dollar industry for the state. But agricultural innovations aim to minimize that uncertainty, and among the technological advances working to improve farmers’ crop yields are soil moisture sensors, which a University of …

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Celebrating Smart Irrigation Month in Georgia

Dan Georgia, Irrigation, USDA-NRCS, Water

Throughout the month of July, Smart Irrigation Month is being celebrated in Georgia. The month serves as the showcase to promote the social, economic, and environmental benefits of and farmers’ commitment to the adoption of efficient irrigation technologies, and leading-edge products and services in agriculture, landscape, and turf irrigation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia encourages producers to learn …

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Dale County, Alabama, Designated as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Water

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available WASHINGTON (USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Dale County, Alabama, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses caused significant rainfall, wind and flooding as a result of Hurricane Michael, that occurred Oct. 10-11, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) …

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Solutions Sought for Algae Woes

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) — Experts looking into toxic algae outbreaks that have exploded in state waterways want to know if anyone has a proven, innovative cleanup strategy that can be used. And they want to know quickly. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is formally accepting information through July 15 on ways to prevent, combat or clean up harmful algal blooms …

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FFBF Sends Letter to Gov. DeSantis About Final SFWMD Board Seat

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Water

The Honorable Ron DeSantisGovernor of FloridaPlaza Level 05, The Capitol400 S. Monroe StreetTallahassee, FL 32399-0001 Dear Governor DeSantis, On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) and our 147,000 member families, we respectfully request that you consider filling the final South Florida Water Management Governing Board seat with someone who can represent agricultures interests. Agriculture is a primary consumptive user …

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Water Management Discussed at FCA Convention

Dan Cattle, Florida, Water

The 2019 Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show continues today in Marco Island. One of the many issues discussed concerns the recent meeting held on algae and water management in Tallahassee. One of those attending last week’s meeting of the newly appointed Blue-Green Algae Task Force (BGATF) was FCA Executive Vice President Jim Handley. He told Southeast AgNet that cattle ranching plays an important …