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Inflation Boosting Prices, Lowering Sales of Organic Products

Dan General

Inflation is impacting the organic industry. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Ongoing inflation resulted in higher retail prices of organic fresh produce during the third quarter of this year. The Organic Produce Network says that generated a 4.1 percent increase in total organic dollars but also contributed to a decline of 4.5 percent in organic volume compared …

Florida on Alert as Hurricane Ian Threatens

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(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Sept. 26, 2022) — Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to be aware of local evacuation orders as Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen into a “major” storm in the eastern Gulf of Mexico as early as Tuesday. DeSantis said during a media briefing just before noon Monday that Ian will bring heavy rain, strong winds, flash flooding, storm surges …

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New Biobased Product Program

Dan General

A new program that promotes biobased products. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that supports the development of biobased products. These products have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials, which creates new revenue streams for farmers. …

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Problems Continue for Honeybees

Dan General

Honeybees are vital for much of our food, but they continue to struggle. That’s today’s This Land of Ours. Pollinators are currently in the spotlight, as it is National Pollinator Week. We checked in with beekeeper and former president of the American Beekeeping Federation, Gene Brandi, who said there are still problems for honeybees. “Honeybees in the USA are still …

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Vilsack on Food Systems in Farm Bill

Dan General

While announcing more funding intended to help the nation’s food supply chain and transform the food system, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the administration views the next farm bill as a critical opportunity to advance the discussion of a transformed food system. “A vision that includes a fair and more competitive food system consistent with access to safe, healthy, nutritious, and …

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New Actions to Help Farmers

Dan General

During a visit to an Illinois farm Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced some new actions to help U.S. farmers in the wake of the Russia/Ukraine war. One of those measures includes double cropping and increasing the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance. And earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $250 million would be made available through a …

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USDA Researcher’s Role in Cacao

Dan General

There are many roles in agriculture. Hear how one researcher found her path to working on saving chocolate. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA researcher Doctor Alina Puig is working on the early detection of diseases in cacao, from which chocolate is made. She explains how she got into such a unique agricultural role. “I started working …

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Florida Legislation Wrap Up from FFAA

Dan General

Florida state lawmakers wrapped up the 2022 legislative session earlier this month and voted on several bills related to agriculture. Among them is the Nutrient Application Rates Bill, which the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association (FFAA) says provides citrus growers a pathway to use site-specific nutrient application rates developed by a Certified Crop Advisor with a 4R Nutrient Management Specialty …