Statement by Commissioner Putnam on U.S. Department of Agriculture Citrus Forecast for 2015

Randall Weiseman Citrus, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tallahassee, FL – Following the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on its 2015 citrus forecast for Florida, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released this statement: “The forecast for this season’s citrus, if realized, represents a welcome increase in production despite the devastating

UF-IFAS Created Strawberry Monitoring System to Expand

Randall Weiseman Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

From the University of Florida IFAS: GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A strawberry monitoring web system that will soon expand to South Carolina is one of many reasons a University of Florida faculty member has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS). The Hutchins award goes to the author or authors of significant published research on basic …

University of Florida Receiving Dollars to Focus on Feeding the World

Randall Weiseman Florida, General, Industry News Release

There have been many questions about how agriculture is going to continue to feed the growing world population. Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says one of world’s largest seed companies is putting $300,000 behind UF’s new undergraduate certificate program to focus on that challenge. Download Audio

Florida Gulf Coast Restoration Moving Forward

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Aquaculture, Florida, General, Industry News Release

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection: TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the funding of the third and largest set of early restoration projects, as approved by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees. Nearly $88 million represents 28 projects, which will take place throughout many communities along the Panhandle. Additionally, two

Explore Florida’s Beautiful Greenways and Trails this October

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Florida, Forestry, General, Industry News Release

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection: TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites you to celebrate Greenways and Trails Month. Florida is home to more than 4,000 miles of paddling trails and 8,000 miles of land-based trails, including the Florida National Scenic Trail, 32 National Recreation Trails and eight multi-use state trails. In commemoration of these unique …

Georgia Department of Agriculture Announces 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Recipients

Randall Weiseman Fruits, General, Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture: The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and