From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and VISIT FLORIDA today announced a joint effort to highlight Florida’s growing agritourism industry by adding an agritourism feature to VISIT FLORIDA’s Attractions Finder online tool, which allows travelers to identify attractions that best fit their personal preference. This new feature gives travelers the opportunity to explore some of the state’s diverse agritourism attractions, as well as other Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s latest Cattle on Feed Report shows the number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or more was 10.4 million head on July 1, 2016. The inventory was 1 percent above July 1, 2015. Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.53 million head, 3 percent above 2015, while marketing’s of fed cattle during June totaled 1.91 million head, 9 percent above 2015. And according to Read the rest of this entry »
Everett Griner talks about hydroponic farming not practical in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.
FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 26, 2016………. A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida’s surface-water quality standards in nearly a quarter-century, despite objections from environmentalists who argued the new criteria potentially create more health hazards. Read the rest of this entry »
Cathy Isom explains how many who have played “The Farming Game®” over the years may not realize the events that led to its creation. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.
During the ongoing media coverage of the blue-green algae blooms and Lake Okeechobee releases, some individuals have been calling for additional land to be purchased to “send the water south.” According to data made available by the South Florida Water Management District, a significant portion of the water that has entered into Lake Okeechobee already has been sent south (40 percent), illustrating that there is water flowing south when the Everglades system has the capacity to accept additional water flow. Simply buying more farm land does NOT equate to more water flowing into the Everglades nor would it significantly reduce the discharges to the estuaries during historic wet events like 2013 and 2016. Read the rest of this entry »
Bob Redding of The Redding Group, who represents peanut growers in Washington D.C., was one of the speakers at last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference. His main topic was the new farm bill, and how preparations are already underway. Tyron Spearman has the story.
To hear more of Redding’s comments click here.
The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 81st Symposium is taking place this week in Tampa. And in this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains what the council’s role is at this annual event.
The Georgia Cattlemen’s Association will hold its summer conference this weekend, July 28-30, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. And in the association’s weekly Georgia Beef Board report, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Kaytlyn Malia says the Georgia Beef Board will be meeting during this event.