biden

Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative

Dan Environment, Forestry, USDA, Water

Initial report details vision for 10-year, locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to restore and conserve America’s lands, waters, and wildlife WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 – The Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are contained in a report …

water quality

Financial Assistance Helps Ag Producers in Florida Improve Water Quality

Dan Economy, Environment, Florida, Irrigation, USDA-NRCS, Water

Agricultural producers in select watersheds in Florida can apply for financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) until May 31 to improve water quality in coastal waters. The lower Suwannee watersheds are Long Pond and Long Pond Slough in Levy County and the North Old Town Hammock watershed in Gilchrist and Dixie counties. If landowners show interest, NRCS proposes funding …

water

Ag Commissioner Fried on Water Wars Ruling

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Water

(NSF) — After years of legal battling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a lawsuit in which Florida argued Georgia has used too much water in a river system shared by the states. The 12-page ruling dismissed the lawsuit that Florida filed in 2013 after the oyster fishery collapsed in Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. Florida contended that Georgia …

supreme court

Supreme Court Rules Against Florida in Water Fight

Dan Florida, Water

(NSF) — After years of legal battling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a lawsuit in which Florida argued Georgia has used too much water in a river system shared by the states. The 12-page ruling dismissed the lawsuit that Florida filed in 2013 after the oyster fishery collapsed in Franklin County’s Apalachicola Bay. Florida contended that Georgia …

florida

Florida Water Policies for Agriculture

Dan Citrus, Irrigation, Water

Water is the lifeblood of any farming operation. Many involved in the agriculture sector are working to do all they can to help Florida conserve water and make the most of this essential natural resource. Tatiana Borisova, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) water resource economist, gave an overview of the water-quality policies and programs in …

senate

Florida Senate Proposes Money for Everglades, Sea Level Rise

Dan Environment, Florida, Lake Okeechobee, News from Our Sponsors, Water

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis would get more than he requested for Everglades restoration and water projects in the coming year under an initial Senate budget proposal that also would set up a grant program to address sea-level rise. In addition, the Senate is proposing an increase in money for the state’s springs, a reduction to the Florida Forever conservation …

investment

Investment in Land and Water Conservation Announced by USDA

Dan Conservation, Environment, Soil, USDA, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service will invest more than $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects. Their objective is to conserve critical forest and wetland habitat, support the economic recovery of rural communities and increase public access to national forests and grasslands. This investment will improve public access by funding strategic land acquisitions. Funds will also …

irrigation

Irrigation and Nutrition Management in the Era of HLB

Dan Citrus, Huanglongbing (HLB)/Citrus Greening, Irrigation, Water

A solid nutrition and irrigation program can enhance the productivity of HLB-affected trees and improve citrus tree health, potentially making production profitable even under HLB conditions. This was the subject of Davie Kadyampakeni’s talk during a March 9 OJ Break virtual meeting held for citrus growers. Kadyampakeni is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) assistant …

florida

Florida Cattlemen Concerned with Water Issue

Dan Cattle, Florida, Water

The 2021 Florida Legislative Session kicked off this past Tuesday, and already various issues are before state lawmakers. One of those issues involves water, and more specifically the Central Florida Water Initiative. Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Sam Ard, says they perceive legislation will be filed to address issues with it.

florida lawmakers

Gov. Ron DeSantis Gives His State of the State Address to Florida Joint Session

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Legislative, Water

(NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis gave his State of the State address Tuesday to formally start the 2021 legislative session. Here are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the House and Senate, and fellow citizens: I see, in many parts of our country, a sad state of affairs: schools closed, businesses shuttered and lives …