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The March issue of Citrus Industry magazine, which readers will receive soon, includes articles about the best way to control HLB-spreading psyllids, the benefits of combining microirrigation and fertigation, and much more.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about an energy program that provides rebates for the purchase and conversion of fleet vehicles to run on natural gas fuel. More information is available online by clicking on Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate.
The University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences had invited Florida residents to their Family Day at the Dairy Farm this coming Saturday, but it has been postponed. It’s now scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
There are folks working to make sure any changes made to dietary guidelines do not leave out beef. Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kristina Butts, says this is just one of the many issues they are working on for cattle producers across the country.
America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program is meant to highlight and showcase the role women play in agriculture. Monsanto Corporate Marketing Communications Director, Jessica Simmons, says nominations are due March 31, 2014.
Steve Caruso, Rubert Prevatt and the late Robert Pitman Jr. were inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Friday. Caruso is CEO of Citrus World, Prevatt was a long-time educator at Florida Southern College, and Pitman was a citrus grower recognized for his political lobbying efforts.
On Thursday, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public.
Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) help growers who spray cooperatively over wide areas reduce HLB-spreading psyllid populations in their groves. At a Thursday grower forum in Sebring, one grower reported an additional CHMA benefit – increased yield. Forum organizer Laurie Hurner, citrus Extension agent for Highlands County, reports.
Environmental groups gave notice Thursday they will appeal a January court order in a long-running fight about water-quality standards in Florida. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in January approved a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to agree to changes in a consent decree with the state about the standards. But the environmental law firm Earthjustice, on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida and the St. Johns Riverkeeper, filed a notice Thursday that it Read the rest of this entry »
Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Cabinet recognized a Marianna-based small business, Southern Craft Creamery, for being named Garden & Gun’s overall winner of the fourth annual “Made in the South” awards. Southern Craft Creamery’s handcrafted ice cream is made from their family-owned dairy. Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 6, 2014 ……. Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over “widespread” damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission filed a lawsuit in Read the rest of this entry »