climate

Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for Florida

Dan Education, Environment, Forestry, Industry News Release

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — A forum that will highlight climate challenges to Florida’s farms, ranches, and forests and steps that the state’s producers are taking in response is set for Monday, Aug. 12, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville. Agriculture and Forestry in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for Florida is also expected to …

alabama

Alabama White Oak Initiative Sign-Up Ends Monday

Dan Alabama, Forestry

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama reminds landowners in the Northern part of the state the signup deadline for the new initiative focused on increasing the number of White Oak Timber stands is Monday, June 3. White oak is an important component of Alabama’s forests due to the high value of the wood for veneer, cooperage (bourbon barrels), flooring, cabinet-making, …

commissioner

Commissioner Nikki Fried Releases Hurricane Michael Video: “America’s Forgotten Disaster”

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried released a new mini-documentary video entitled “America’s Forgotten Disaster,” highlighting the destruction and consequences of Hurricane Michael, with a focus on forestry and timber. The video documents Commissioner Fried’s tours of Panhandle communities devastated by Hurricane Michael, features visually powerful reminders of the damage to forests and timber farms and the looming threat of wildfire, and includes …

florida

NRCS Florida State Technical Committee Meeting

Dan Florida, Forestry, Soil, USDA-NRCS, Water

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has announced they will conduct a State Technical Committee Meeting on May 21, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Doyle Conner Agriculture Building Auditorium in Gainesville. The meeting is open to the public and will give an overview of the 2018 Farm Bill programs and conservation easements. This year’s …

farm bill

Forestry Title a Farm Bill Sticking Point

Dan Farm Bill, Forestry, Industry News Release, Legislative

As agriculture eagerly awaits a farm bill, another hurdle has emerged. Now, a forestry dispute appears to be in the way, according to Politico. Pat Roberts, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, continues to insist that the conference committee negotiators are “close” to reaching an agreement. He says finding an agreement on the forestry title is the biggest obstacle. That’s …

georgia

Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia Agriculture

Dan Cotton, Economy, Forestry, Georgia, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

“Unfortunately, our worst thoughts were realized. We saw months and sometimes years of work just laid over on the ground in a matter of seconds. Georgia has long led in the production of several renowned commodities and now we have the dubious distinction of also leading in the devastation and incredible loss of these prominent crops. These are generational losses …

forestry

Alachua County Team Wins 3rd in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

What is the principal softwood used for lumber in Massachusetts? On what continent are maples most abundant? What is a liquid product of wood that is used in mixing paints?* At the 39th National 4-H Forestry Invitational, a team of four local high school students went head to head with teams from across the country to answer these questions and …

southern pine beetle

Florida Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Devastating Southern Pine Beetle

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

To help combat the invasive Southern Pine Beetle, which is currently present in 52 infestation sites throughout six Florida counties, the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2018 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program from non-industrial, private forest landowners through June 29, 2018.  The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties, the known range of the …

ifas

UF/IFAS Student from Union County Awarded First Roland T. Stern Scholarship Award

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

Chad Nolan Ward, Jr. hails from a long line of forestry workers. The Union County resident and University of Florida student says the profession is in his blood. “My father is a third-generation logger and owns the family business, Chad Ward Enterprises,” Ward said. “I knew as a small child that I wanted to continue the family legacy.” Now his …

secretaries

Secretaries Perdue and Zinke Join Forces to Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Thursday hosted a fire briefing for Members of Congress at the Department of Agriculture detailing the wildfire forecast for 2018. Following the meeting, the secretaries sent a letter to wildland fire leadership highlighting the importance of inter-departmental collaboration to increase firefighter, public, and community safety as the 2018 wildfire season approaches. …