Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week gave citrus growers more ammunition in the fight against psyllids and the HLB they spread by declaring an exemption for an insecticide’s use on bearing trees. University of Florida entomologist Michael Rogers reports.
This is a release from the American Soybean Association:
ST. LOUIS (April 9, 2014) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Read the rest of this entry »
Max Lord, USDA Ag Statistics Service, reported the citrus crop numbers for April. The Valencia orange crop reflects a decrease of 4 million boxes, or 4 percent. Lord discussed the decline in Florida. The size and drop surveys showed that the final droppage is 31 percent this year, which is the highest of any non-hurricane, non-freeze season since the 1969-70 season. The final size is slightly above last month’s projection. It requires 240 pieces of fruit to fill a 1 3/5 bushel box and it is the second smallest fruit size in series dating back to 1960-61 surpassing only that of the 1976-77 freeze season.
Did you know that April 15th is the deadline to become BQA certified for free? In our weekly getting to know your beef checkoff, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dan Thomson with Kansas State University explains how it works and why it’s important for cattle producers to become certified.
Signup starts next week for disaster assistance under the restored programs in the Farm Bill. But there are some who question whether pork producers can receive help under these programs, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 15-year UF/IFAS faculty member and administrator has been named chairwoman of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Tracy Irani’s appointment is effective April 11, said Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF. Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on how Southeastern farmers may still change planting decisions, a look a declining peanut stocks and the enforcement of the Vidalia onion pack date. To learn more about these topics and much more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.
During this mid-term election year, many in the industry question if there is any chance that immigration reform could still come to fruition. Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Executive Director Charles Hall believes there is still some small hope.
For a second year, your checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program is giving you the chance to become certified for free thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. along with the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. But you only have one week left to take advantage of this free offer as it ends April 15th.
Alabama’s wet winter dampened many landowners’ plans to prescribe burn, which according to State Forester for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Tim Albritton, has some looking at growing season burns.
This is a release from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:
WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – In response to the announcement of a Bilateral Trade Agreement reached between Australia and Japan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, a Victoria, Texas cattleman, issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. Read the rest of this entry »
The April issue of Citrus Industry magazine addresses many important production issues. Topics include foliar nutritional sprays, Asian citrus psyllid and leaf miner control, integrated canker management and summer production practices. There’s also a profile of former citrus commissioner Jay Clark, who discusses the Citrus Commission’s future, HLB and other issues in this report.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about proposed legislation that would provide stronger measures to protect Floridians from deceptive and misleading charities.