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Florida Farmers Brace for Cold Weather

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

Florida farmers were preparing Thursday for continuing cold weather, with temperatures expected to drop into the 30s overnight as far south as Fort Myers and Homestead. Many of Florida’s crops cannot handle freezing temperatures for long periods. Citrus and strawberry farmers are preparing harvests ahead of time, often running irrigation systems to create small layers of ice over the fruit …


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 …

Florida Cattlemen’s Association Discusses Hurricane Damage in Tallahassee

Abbey Taylor Cattle, Florida, Weather

Jim Handley, executive vice president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, spoke in front of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness on Nov. 16 about damage to the cattle industry following Hurricane Irma. Handley began his comments by telling the Florida representatives just how big the Florida cattle industry is. “We (Florida Cattlemen’s Association) represent approximately 90 percent …


UF/IFAS Researcher Named to Global Climate, Crop-Modeling Panel

Dan Florida, Research, Weather

A University of Florida professor is known for his work in using computer models to predict crop yields has been named to a newly formed global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, also known as AgMIP. AgMIP brings together agricultural scientists from around the world to research climate change impacts and adaptation options.   Senthold Asseng, …


GAO Climate Change Report Estimates Lost Crop Revenues

Dan Industry News Release, Weather

A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts climate change will cost U.S. agriculture up to $9.2 billion between 2020 and 2039 in lost crop yields. The report also details how extreme weather events, including wildfires, has cost the government $350 billion over the last decade, when including crop and flood insurance costs. In the long term, for 2080 …


Florida Ag Damage Estimates Climbing Weeks After Irma

Dan Florida, Weather

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on Florida in early September, hitting the state’s agriculture economy especially hard. Ricky Telg, Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida in Gainesville, says the damage is still being tallied up over a month later. Damages to the Florida cattle industry total $230 million dollars. The Florida dairy industry damage estimates are …

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USDA Designates 19 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017, through Sept.12, 2017. Those counties are: Alachua Gilchrist Indian River Monroe Bradford Glades Lake Osceola Broward Hendry Lee Palm Beach Charlotte Highlands Marion Sumter Collier Hillsborough Miami-Dade Farmers …

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USDA Holds Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshops

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

USDA Service Centers in Florida are holding disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshops in 48 counties for farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Irma during the next few weeks. The event is free and open to the public.  To find meeting dates and locations, go to https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/state-events/index. Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) …


Farmers May Get Loans to Help With Irma Damage

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Livestock, Weather

Florida farmers in 44 counties may be eligible for federal loans to help cover damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. Still, Florida might have to wait months for broader federal assistance to the agriculture industry, which sustained more than $2.5 billion in losses from the storm. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue notified Gov. Rick …