Weather Worries

Cindy Weather

Tropical storm activity appears to be picking up which could be welcome news for parts of the southeast suffering from extreme drought, or it could mean hurricanes on the way. Report (1:00 mp3) Report (:45 mp3)

Lake O Levels Cause Concern

Cindy Florida, General, Weather

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says consumers will see food prices increase and the state face serious economic consequences if the prolonged drought in southeast Florida continues. Total statewide economic losses have already topped an estimated $100 million this year, and are expected to surpass $1 billion over the next two years if the current situation …

AL Drought Meetings

Cindy Alabama, General, Weather

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks will be visiting with Alabama farmers who have suffered damages due to the drought on Wednesday, August 8th at three stops across the state. The purpose of the meetings will be to assess drought conditions in the different growing regions of Alabama, facilitate dialogue with growers on current conditions and imminent needs, and update growers …

FL AgNet Week in Review June 8, 2007

Katherine Cattle, Citrus, Florida, General, Livestock, Podcast, Weather

In this weeks podcast, Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) meets to prepare for hurricane season, 7 Florida counties are declared disasterous, rainy weather is welcomed by all, the Florida legislature looks at county extension, and Florida Citrus Mutual holds the 3rd annual Florida Citrus Industry Conference. To hear Florida’s weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast .

FL Counties Designated Disaster Areas

Cindy Florida, General, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated seven Florida counties primary natural disaster areas. Palm Beach County was designated a primary natural disaster area because of freezing temperatures that occurred in February. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Broward, Hendry and Martin counties. Highlands, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Okeechobee and Taylor counties were designated primary natural disaster areas because of …

SART Prepares for Hurricane Season

Cindy Florida, General, USDA-NRCS, Weather

The Florida State Agricultural Response Team kicked off the new hurricane season by hosting its first annual statewide training conference last week in St. Petersburg. Among the agencies participating was USDA’s state Natural Resources Conservation Service. Report (1:00 mp3)

FL AgNet Week in Review June 1, 2007

Katherine Cattle, Citrus, Florida, Forestry, General, Podcast, Weather

In this weeks podcast, ranchers are encouraged to be aware of the possiblility for Tropical Soda Apple when purchasing hay, the Florida Forestry Industry shoots for number 1, May 31 was the last day for citrus canker insurance coverage, and the drought’s effect on Lake Okeechobee. To hear Florida’s weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast .

Cotton Growers Dry

Cindy Cotton, Georgia, Weather

Georgia Cotton Commission executive director Richey Seaton says the dry weather is a serious situation for cotton growers. Report (1:00 mp3)

Dry Lake Okeechobee

Cindy Florida, General, Weather

Low water levels in Lake Okeechobee and continued dry weather is getting national media coverage, with no relief in sight. Water levels in Lake Okeechobee are expected to drop below the record of just under nine feet on Thursday, according to the South Florida Water Management district, making this the worst drought on record. Report (1:00 wma)

Disaster Designations

Cindy Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Weather

As drought conditions continue in the Southeast, USDA has declared 152 Georgia counties and 41 Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas due to unseasonably low temperatures, frost and freezing conditions that occurred from April 6, 2007, through April 8, 2007. In addition, nine North Florida counties and 10 Alabama counties are included in the Georgia declaration because they are …