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Gov. Rick Scott is asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to move quickly to get disaster-relief funding into the hands of Florida citrus growers, as it may be another three months before farmers can start to apply for the money. In a letter Tuesday, Scott also asked Perdue to “customize federal aid for ...
Neil Combee, who in November was appointed by President Donald Trump as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, and state Sen. Tom Lee, who told POLITICO he was considering it, and the Republican he beat out for his current seat, former state Rep. Rachel Burgin.

“What is actually happening is we are using our agriculture lands as solid-waste disposal sites for sludge,” said Gary Roderick, an environmental ... and large plants treating household sewage, the city of Orlando alone pays about $3 million annually to get rid of its sludge as a low-cost agricultural fertilizer.
Innovations in agricultural technology are being developed all over the country, and the tech giants are suddenly taking note of farming. Venture capital dollars are flowing to advance this wave of machines, artificial intelligence, and data management that will impact agriculture. Even leading retailers like ...
Blue Gill chef Bert Gill made much of the food offered during the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' fifth annual Flavors of Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Monday. Gill uses all locally sourced food in his Gainesville restaurants and emphasized the role IFAS plays in the ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - For the second time in a week, Florida citrus growers got what could be considered good news for the struggling industry. A forecast Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed this season's projected orange crop holding steady for the third consecutive month.

TALLAHASSEE — A program to distribute federal disaster aid to Florida farmers hit by Hurricane Irma will be set up within the next 100 days, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Friday. “USDA (the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is working as quickly as possible to develop procedures and ...
The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive pest that invades homes and damages crops. It's been spotted in Florida but hasn't established itself yet though. State scientists are studying the creature in a quarantined lab and is preparing for its arrival in earnest. [Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ...
Neglected for nearly a decade, the Florida Forever conservation program would get $100.8 million in a proposed $88.7 billion budget that lawmakers are expected to ... A favorite of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the program has been used 41 times to secure 42,276 acres across the state.
Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound boxes, a mark ...
The 11-day event, now in its 83rd year and concluding Sunday, always features exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture and crafts. In addition to the ... It continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry." There are more than ...
TALLAHASSEE — Neglected for nearly a decade, the Florida Forever conservation program would get $100.8 million in a proposed $88.7 billion budget that lawmakers are expected to approve Sunday. Rep. Ben Albritton, a Wauchula Republican who chairs the House Agriculture & Natural Resources ...
Raises for justices, state law enforcement officers in Florida budget .... Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam issued a statement thanking lawmakers for pay raises for his department's law-enforcement officers and wild-land firefighters, describing them as “demonstrably underpaid compared to other state ...
Part of the state's application process requires the county to write a letter of no objection, to verify the land is zoned properly for agriculture and is not ... “As one of the largest agricultural land owners in the state of Florida, Barron Collier Companies seeks to clarify and understand allowable land uses on ...
Under rules of the Florida Legislature, they were barred from collecting campaign funds when the legislature is in session. Grimsley is a hospital administrator and manages the family citrus groves and Caldwell is a real estate appraiser, citing family roots in farming. But Troutman campaign manager Carlo ...
Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound boxes, a mark unchanged from a ...
Robotic harvesting vehicles are being tested in Florida and California to pick strawberries and replace labor-intensive tasks normally performed by ... Last year was an especially tight year for farm labor supply in California's largest agricultural region, the San Joaquin Valley, and arguably the tightest year ...

As Florida lawmakers consider whether to block local puppy mill ordinances, the federal government has made it harder to see inside breeders. SKIP O'ROURKE | Times. TAMPA — In May of last year, the Tampa Bay Times asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the three most recent ...
"Lowell has greatly advanced agricultural production programs that have had a perpetual and tremendous economic impact on the farming and livestock industry of Florida," the nominating material said. "He has an enthusiastic compassion for preserving and enhancing Florida agriculture and its people.
Her contributions to Florida agriculture have been awarded by the FDA, USDA and industry associations, and in 2003, Dr. Roberts was inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. The Woman of the Year in Agriculture award is sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer ...
A program to distribute federal disaster aid to Florida farmers hit by Hurricane Irma will be set up within the next 100 days, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Friday. “USDA (the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is working as quickly as possible to develop procedures and a system by which ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound ...
Putnam has significant hurdles and vulnerabilities to overcome. But watching the red-haired agriculture commissioner hug, joke and chat with person after person in the cold, it was clear he has a big advantage over his rivals: innate political skill and that coveted trait of authenticity. "He's a good, ole Florida ...
Hops have been of increasing interest in the last few years for Florida growers, in an attempt to diversify with alternative crops, and meet demand of one the nation's fastest growing craft beer industries for locally produced agriculture products. Production of hops is generally concentrated in Pacific ...
Matt Caldwell has ambitious plans if elected as the state's next Commissioner of Agriculture. Caldwell, who is running for the commissioner's seat that will be vacated by Adam Putnam, was the special guest at the Hamilton County Republican Party's meeting Jan. 18, and shared his vision for the Florida ...
The campaign's announcement noted that Homestead is one of the leading agricultural cities in Miami-Dade County, which is second only to Palm Beach County in agricultural products sold in Florida. The announcement said Porter has “worked with both farm laborers and growers during many tough ...
“Now, more than ever, we need an Agriculture Commissioner who will look out for Florida's farmers, ranchers and consumers. I've known Baxter Troutman for 15 years,” she said in an emailed statement from the campaign. “His lifetime in the agriculture industry and his record of job creation make him ...
As bitterly cold temperatures descended across the U.S. last week, even the Sunshine State felt the chill. Temperatures dropped below freezing across much of central Florida on Wednesday and Thursday night, threatening the state's crops. Growers attempted to protect their plants by spraying them with ...
“Florida's iconic citrus industry and its growers continue to struggle with the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Irma,” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said after the monthly forecast was released Friday. “This damage, combined with the cumulative impacts of citrus greening, leaves ...
Left unmentioned in news coverage is that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to Spooner Petroleum Company “to drill an exploratory vertical well within agricultural lands in unincorporated Calhoun County to a depth of approximately 12,900 feet below ground level.
As president of the Seminole County Beekeepers Association, and part of the University of Florida's Master Beekeeper Program, he's concerned that a planned workshop by the Florida Department Agriculture could change the most important part of his work--saving bees. “Just the idea someone would ...
Opioids, wildfires, PTSD among Florida Cabinet's legislative priorities ... Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. ... Putnam is seeking $75 million for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which preservers agricultural and conservation land, and $17 million to research citrus greening, ...
Adam Putnam is the public face of Florida agriculture and its signature crop of oranges, an industry trapped in a downward spiral of historic proportions. Putnam is starting his eighth and final year as state agriculture commissioner, an elected Cabinet office that he hopes is his launch pad to becoming the ...
Adam Putnam, the Florida commissioner of agriculture, also released a statement. “Florida's iconic citrus industry and its growers continue to struggle with the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Irma,” Putnam said. “This damage, combined with the cumulative impacts of citrus greening, leaves ...
In observance of Florida's Arbor Day, the Florida Forest Service will be giving away 1-gallon potted trees including flowering dogwood, red maple, American ... Some of the locations will have agricultural experts on-hand to answer questions about planting trees, tree health or other forestry related issues.
Some, including Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, think lawmakers have better things to do. “Amongst all the things we're dealing with, that's never come up,” said Adam Putnam. Sponsors believe the extra hour of daylight in the winter would be a boom to restaurants, golf courses and tourism. In 1974 ...
“Additionally, macaques can negatively impact Florida native wildlife and pose potential risks to agriculture and recreation. Therefore, the FWC supports active management to remove these threats.” No word on when FWC will begin discussing how deal with the monkeys. Encounters with rhesus macaques ...
Lawmakers, along with the state's Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture are supporting Legislation that would make it illegal to charge a victim of identity theft to freeze their account. Current law allows for agents to charge up to $10 to freeze an account. “It can happen to anyone.
I was proud to appoint you as CFO and in a very short time, you have done so much to help Florida families. Thank you for all you are doing to support our brave firefighters. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Thank you for always fighting for Florida's critical agriculture community and for all you ...
The mission of the Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo, Inc. is to educate and involve our guests by providing a first-class showcase of family-oriented programs that are innovative, entertaining, and fun for all ages. We aim to bring out the best in our youth and the traditions, values, and culture, of our ...
Darren Hudson, the Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness and a professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at Tech, estimated that the two hurricanes caused roughly $500 million in agricultural losses in Texas and Florida, mostly due to property destruction ...
Georgia also said Florida is asking for unreasonable reductions that would "threaten the water supply of 5 million people in metropolitan Atlanta and risk crippling a multibillion dollar agricultural sector in southwest Georgia." Complicating the issue is the absence from the lawsuit of the U.S. Army Corps of ...
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said in November the Category 4 storm caused massive damage to some of the state's most precious agricultural commodities like citrus and other crops important to the state — to the tune of $2.5 billion. Florida's citrus industry took the biggest hit from Hurricane ...
The government funding and the land-grant mission compel Shukla to find out what Florida farmers need and deliver it to them. UF/IFAS is set up with a wide range of specialties from entomology to plant pathology to agricultural engineering. It also pursues social science in agriculture and natural resources ...
South Miami-Dade's agricultural sector has a $2.7 billion economic impact on the county. Low temperatures could ... “Citrus, strawberries and most of our vegetables appear to have come through in good shape,” Florida's Comissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said in a statement. “So if we can go ahead ...
Currently, the GOP primary field for governor includes just DeSantis and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Putnam has already gained support from much of Florida's Republican establishment, forcing DeSantis to look nationally for donations, according to reports. “If he brings the money with ...
New financial figures from Florida's agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state's economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida's agricultural, natural resources and food industries provided $132.04 billion in value-added contributions ...
A winter storm that struck the Southeast is the latest blow to an already struggling Florida citrus industry. Late last year ... The Sunshine State is expected to collect 46 million boxes of the fruit this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, the smallest crop since 1945. "You have growers who are trying ...
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an $81 billion dollar hurricane assistance bill on Thursday that includes $2.6 in agricultural relief for Florida. “Today's vote is an important first step to get Florida's farmers, ranchers and growers, who suffered more than $2.5 billion damages from Hurricane Irma, ...
Congress had failed to include aid for Florida's farmers and growers in two previous hurricane relief bills. A message on Twitter from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan Monday evening suggested the third time could be the charm for Florida. “Great news for FL: just got out of a meeting with House leaders ...


 

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