The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) held its fall quarterly meeting last week, where ACA Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell says the budget for 2016 was passed.
The Florida Beef Council was able to work with the Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen on the University of Florida campus to answer student questions about the beef industry. Ashley Hughes was very pleased with how the event went.
A Letter to the Editor, Citrus Industry magazine
By Bill Castle, University of Florida professor emeritus
“Desperate times require desperate measures” is a quote from no less a person than Hippocrates. With regard to the citrus industry, HLB and 74 million boxes, are these desperate times? I think most people would agree. Looking around our industry, virtually everyone is engaged in the HLB battle at some level.
Since the beginning, our pattern of learning and progression regarding HLB management has been steady, but characterized by advances with intervening quiet periods. Those quiet periods are useful. They function as a time when advances are field tested by growers. They are a time to gather thoughts, re-establish the big picture and raise questions. They should be periods of reflection and assessment.
I think we are in a quiet period now. This is a good time to assess. However, the approach needs to be different. We need dialog. “Dialog” is not just talking, though. It is a word with a particular meaning: “an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue … with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.” True dialog requires suspending certainty. Read the rest of this entry »
Gov. Rick Scott, in his proposed budget for next fiscal year, matched the $8.5 million that Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has requested to fight a disease causing massive problems in the citrus industry. The $8.5 million, included in a budget proposal Scott released Monday, would go toward stopping the spread of “citrus greening.” State lawmakers Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgiving is here and a big problem a lot of people expected did not happen this year. There is no shortage of turkeys. Everett Griner talks about the availability of turkeys, and their costs, for the holidays in today’s Agri View.
This is the one time of year that many of us have to deal with preparing a giant frozen turkey and getting it on to the table on time. Cathy Isom tells us to make sure to plan ahead when it comes to thawing your Thanksgiving bird. Read the rest of this entry »
The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) held its fall conference and tradeshow last week in Clanton, Alabama. This was the first time holding its annual conference in the fall, but the turnout was still high with 225 attendees and 38 vendors. We sat down with the AFVGA president, John Aplin, to get an overview of the conference.