Associate Professor Kelly Morgan with the University of Florida’s Soil & Water Sciences Department at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, spoke with us about the growers discussion panel at this year’s Citrus Expo Seminars.
In advance of last Thursday’s Senate hearing on U.S. country of origin labeling, Mexican and Canadian officials sent separate letters to Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts and ranking member of the Committee Senator Debbie Stabenow.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about legislative and legal efforts to stop EPA’s Water of the U.S. rule, why the National FFA Organization has updated their strategic plan, how peanut acreage is being re-adjusted and more.
University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman reports on citrus growers’ estimates of the percentage of their acres and trees that are infected by HLB. The growers also estimated their yield losses to HLB.
The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA) and its members hope producers will join them in St. Simons Island for their 5th annual GCA Summer Conference, July 24-25. GCA Executive Vice President Will Bentley has more details.
Newark, Del. — Cathy Burns, president of Produce Marketing Association, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s hearing on the potential impacts of trade retaliation as a result of the World Trade Organization dispute brought by Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin Labeling for beef, pork and poultry:
“Today’s Senate hearing confirms the need for the Senate to act quickly and decisively to repeal legislation mandating Read the rest of this entry »
The University of Florida and University of Georgia hold a Corn Silage and Forage Field Day each year which rotates between Citra, Florida and Tifton, Georgia. This year’s event took place recently in Tifton and Jerry Wasdin, University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences Beef and Dairy Units Coordinator, said next year the event will be back in Citra.
Not only across the Southeast, but across the nation, FFA students continue to be involved in more and more areas. As a matter of fact, Josh Bledsoe, chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization, says this is why the organization recently updated its strategic plan to help with the growth of FFA.
University of Florida/IFAS has a new chemist at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred. And according to Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, CREC is thrilled to have her.
A new Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide includes the latest releases from the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture breeding programs. It also provides guidance on observed HLB incidence in the various rootstocks.
The University of Georgia and University of Florida held their annual Corn Silage and Forage Field Day last week. John Bernard, University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science professor in Tifton, said the event included showing some of the new varieties companies have entered into their statewide variety test trials.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A valuable UF/IFAS program that helps save the state millions of dollars annually in controlling invasive plants and insects will likely close after a veto by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.
An approved increase by the Legislature of $180,000 was denied, and the facility also lost all funding. The state-of-the-art lab Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be taking part in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging overreach in the agencies Waters of the U.S. rule. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, Collin Woodall, explains.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is getting the word out about the availability of financial and technical assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands. Roney Gutierrez says funding for this will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week features a discussion from Florida Citrus Mutual President Larry Black about how new citrus plantings are working for growers. There is also a report from University of Florida’s Michael Rogers that addresses citrus fruit drop. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took the final vote needed to send Trade Promotion Authority to the President for his signature by passing it with a vote of 60-38. Many agricultural groups across the country were pleased with this action, Read the rest of this entry »
Newark, Del. — Richard Owen, vice president of global business development for Produce Marketing Association (PMA), issued the following statement praising Congress’ work on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA 2015), also known as ‘fast track,’ as it moves to President Obama for signature:
“We’re pleased that a bipartisan Congress has shown strong resolve to pass TPA and to see this transformative bill through to Read the rest of this entry »