THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 6, 2015………. A House committee that crafted a newly approved water-policy plan is now looking at how a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars should be used for land management.
(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran Seed Co), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (Harris Moran Seed Co), and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting harvested radish field at Roth Farms
Two prominent vegetable seed companies HM Clause and Harris Moran brought some farm journalists from the U S and France to the fields of south Florida this week to learn first hand about some of the research and development going on in the field of new product development. The group is working its way across the state’s south end from West Palm Beach to Naples, and will wrap up its tour early next week in Gainesville with meetings and tours at University of Florida and some of its research facilities. Hear Rick’s interview and watch a short video.
Alabama’s 2015 Legislative Session kicked off this week in Montgomery, as legislators returned to town for another year. And Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at how this year’s session began.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be holding their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 24th through 26th. Colin Woodall, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, says this will be an extremely important meeting.
In reaction to a new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Milk Producers Federation said it underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 5, 2015………. A plan that would make changes to the management of the state’s natural springs and address drinking-water issues across Central Florida and the flow of pollution in and out of Lake Okeechobee was approved Thursday by the House on the third day of the legislative session.
The proposal (HB 7003), which has backing from the state’s agriculture industry and influential business groups, must still Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement in regards to the House of Representative’s passage of a comprehensive water policy bill, House Bill 7003.
“Florida’s most unifying feature is our water, and the House of Representatives has shown great leadership in passing a bill that will provide a comprehensive, long-term and flexible approach to protecting the Read the rest of this entry »
Retired Highlands County citrus Extension agent Tim Hurner guest hosted a grower forum in Sebring this week. He summarizes issues that growers discussed. Issues include psyllid control and postbloom fruit drop.
In our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Georgia’s Jason Duggin knows a big reason for producers to become BQA certified is consumer confidence.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Florida, Russell Morgan, invites producers to attend the State Technical Advisory Committee public meeting next Thursday, March 12 in Gainesville. He says discussions will include an overview of 2014 Farm Bill programs.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Alabama, Dr. William Puckett, reminds farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers the extended general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications will end next Friday, March 13.
The final numbers for prices paid for peanuts per the individual states that grew that crop in 2014 have been released. Tyron Spearman breaks it down as to who received the most, the less, along with other numbers of interest.
According to California Citrus Mutual, public awareness could be key in fighting a plant disease that attacks citrus trees. So they will partner with Bayer CropScience on a campaign aimed at reaching homeowners with backyard citrus trees. Growers in California say in order to Read the rest of this entry »
As the Georgia General Assembly has moved well past the half-way point of the 2015 session, budget issues are always important to those involved in agriculture. That of course includes Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, who says past dollars allowing his department to upgrade equipment has really made a difference.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes updates on research projects involving the creation of psyllids that don’t spread HLB and high-density citrus plantings grown in screenhouses. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
While some farmers are still considering what crops to plant on certain acreage, Gary Crawford reports that according to new USDA projections, U.S. corn acreage, prices and production may not change much over the next ten years.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 4, 2015……….The House is set Thursday to approve a measure that would alter water policies across the state, implementing changes that have been backed by business groups and drawn the ire of environmentalists.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – McDonald’s USA today announced new menu sourcing initiatives including only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine.
The National Chicken Council released the following statement, attributable to Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., National Chicken Council vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs: Read the rest of this entry »
The 12th annual FFA Beast Feast & Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center. We are expecting to have 400-500 guests in attendance.
It takes a lot of work and volunteers to make it a successful event and FFA Foundation planners seek help from those willing and able to get involved.
The one thing that makes this event unique is the food. FFA chapters and their alumni set up specialty food booths serving a variety of wild game and specialty foods. There is also a raffle for a shotgun and a rifle.