My recent trip to Clermont-Ferrand, France to attend and cover the Sommet de L’Elevage was both enlightening and enjoyable. Although a very busy week, going back to my roots as an on-the-scene reporter for the event, what made it especially enjoyable was the hospitality of the French people and all of the farm producers I have grown to know in …
U.S. Supreme Court Wants Feds’ Opinion on Water Wars
From: THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a sign that it is considering a long-running water dispute involving Florida, Georgia and Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday indicated it wants the federal government’s views on a lawsuit filed last year by Florida. Justices invited the U.S.
ASTA 2014 Vegetable Seed Conference Offers Many Critical Updates
This year’s Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference hosted by the American Seed Trade Association, (ASTA), the 53rd annual event of its kind, wrapped up in Monterey, California Tuesday after a weekend packed with activities and business talks involving participants from 27 countries this year. Attendees span the spectrum of the seed industry segment dealing in specialty crops, and considering AgNet …
Patrick Smith, Beloved Author of “A Land Remembered” Remembered
It is with a heavy heart we report that Patrick Smith, beloved by so many as the author of several novels about Florida, has passed. Smith is legendary in Florida agricultural circles for his acclaimed book, “A Land Remembered”. In its entertaining novel format, it tells the story of Florida’s true history that the vast majority of residents and visitors …
Florida Lawmakers To Tour Lake Okeechobee
From NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, will take a tour of the St. Lucie Estuary and the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee on Monday, as a $220 million plan to reduce pollutants from the lake is now flowing through the Senate.
Court Rejects Award in Citrus Canker Case
News Service of Florida – Tallahassee – An appeals court Wednesday said the state is liable for compensating Palm Beach County residents for destroying their citrus trees — but ordered a new trial on the amount that should be paid.
Putnam Pitches Cutting Energy Taxes for Businesses, Shoppers
The Capital, Tallahassee – By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday. And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance. The two proposals were among …
Florida Crystals Backs Sugar Land Swap
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA – Florida Crystals has agreed to turn over nearly 8,700 acres of sugar-cane land to the South Florida Water Management District for more than 4,500 acres that had once been owned by U.S. Sugar Corp. The land swap, which still requires
Water War Goes to High Court As Seafood Industry Suffers
By MARGIE MENZEL – THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA – THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 1, 2013 – Florida filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running battle with Georgia over water withdrawals that have damaged Apalachicola Bay, but it may be too late to help the Franklin County seafood workers who were already struggling to survive.
U S Sugar Starts 83rd Annual Sugarcane Harvest – Prices Down 50%
SUGAR PRICES DOWN 50% OVER LAST TWO YEARS Clewiston, FL – (U S Sugar Release) October 1, 2013—U.S. Sugar began its 83rd annual sugarcane harvesting and processing season at 4 am today with harvest operations in Palm Beach, Hendry and Glades counties. The Clewiston Sugar Factory began processing the first railcars of cane at noon. Both the harvesting and processing …