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July 23, 2018

Agriculture

National Mango Board celebrates Florida's mango heritage

The National Mango Board is celebrating mangoes all summer long, with a special emphasis on South Florida's contributions to the U.S. mango industry. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2018

Water Farms Helping South Florida Go With the Flow

Last month, Florida experienced its rainiest May on record. And just think, the wet season is only getting started in the Sunshine State. With the earlier-than-normal super soaking, and no let-up in the immediate offing, a public-private partnership between the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Caulkins Citrus Co. has been working at full capacity to store local stormwater runoff and help reduce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2018

Where Have All the Florida Grapefruit Gone?

Twenty years ago, the life of a Florida citrus grower was pretty sweet – at least compared to modern times. Back in the 1997-1998 season, Florida grapefruit producers harvested and packed a record 49.5 million boxes. Fast forward to today and that number now stands at a projected 3.88 million boxes for the 2017-2018 campaign, according to the latest USDA citrus crop estimate. Read more »
Published on 6/18/2018

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. Read more »
Published on 6/6/2018

Effects of hurricane linger for Florida avocados

Florida avocado volume is expected to be significantly lower this season. “Hurricane Irma did a number on Florida avocados,” said Mary Ostlund, director of marketing for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals. Read more »
Published on 5/30/2018

Pest Alert Triggered in Florida After Rare Fruit Fly Find

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) has issued a pest alert, indicating a male peach fruit fly — Bactrocera zonata(Saunders) (Tephritidae) — was captured in a detection trap last week in Lake Worth (Palm Beach County). A second male was then captured less than two miles away one day later, also in Lake Worth. According to FDACS-DPI, this is only the second time this pest species has been found in Florida. A previous detection was made in November 2010 in Miami-Dade County. Read more »
Published on 5/22/2018

Florida Scientist Stands Strong in Support of Citrus Nurseries

Florida citrus nurseries face unique challenges in the production of citrus nursery stock and the propagation of commercial citrus trees. Read more »
Published on 5/21/2018

USDA Crop report: Orange Production Down Slightly from April Forecast

Winter Wheat Production Down 6 Percent from 2017 Read more »
Published on 5/11/2018

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Disaster Assistance

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement on May 10 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: Read more »
Published on 5/11/2018

Perdue Announces Florida Citrus Hurricane Recovery Details

USDA will provide $340 million through a block grant to the State of Florida for Hurricane Irma losses to citrus production expected during the 2018 through the 2020 crop year, reimbursement for the cost of buying and planting replacement trees – including resetting and grove rehabilitation, and for repair of damages to irrigation systems among other things. Read more »
Published on 5/2/2018

USDA Implements up to $2.36 Billion to Help Agricultural Producers Recover after 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

‘2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program' to Aid Recovery in Rural Communities Read more »
Published on 4/25/2018

Single Breakthrough Discovery for Citrus Greening Disease in Florida Unlikely

Report from the the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine calls for a master plan to coordinate research efforts and management Read more »
Published on 4/11/2018

Commissioner Adam Putnam's Statement on USDA's Disaster Aid Implementation

Following U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement today that the USDA will begin implementing disaster payments of up to $2.36 billion in response to 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement: Read more »
Published on 4/9/2018

Gov. Scott: USDA Disaster Funding Welcome, Florida Citrus Growers Must be Protected

On Friday, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement of $2.36 billion in funding to aid the agricultural industry's recovery from wildfires and hurricanes in 2017. Details on the aid for Florida's Citrus industry's recovery are still being decided by the USDA. Read more »
Published on 4/9/2018

USDA Implements up to $2.36 Billion to Help Agricultural Producers Recover after 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

‘2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program' to Aid Recovery in Rural Communities Read more »
Published on 4/9/2018

Florida Farmers Say Year-Round Daylight Saving Time Should Be Nationwide

Permanent daylight saving time would greatly impact Florida agriculture. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2018

Industrial Hemp on the Radar for Florida Farmers and Researchers

The University of Florida Board of Trustees has given the OK for UF/IFAS researchers to develop hemp management and cropping systems. The move is an important step to test the viability of what could become a valuable alternative crop for the state's agriculture producers. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2018

Growers optimistic for Florida peach crop

Florida peach growers see interest in their fruit increasing and anticipate a strong crop this spring. The peaches have gotten their recommended chill hours, and quality is looking good. Read more »
Published on 3/20/2018

Statement by Commissioner Adam H. Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement on March 8, 2018, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: Read more »
Published on 3/15/2018

Mosaic's Next Chapter

The successful Streamsong development has provided phosphate mining company Mosaic with part of the template for its future, but not a whole plan. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2018

J&J Family of Farms Introduces New Variety Sunny Sweet™ Peppers

WESTLAKE, FL – Sweet, unique, and the perfect bite-sized treat, J&J Family of Farms' new pepper variety, Sunny Sweet™ Peppers, are here and ready to refresh the pepper category with innovation. Read more »
Published on 2/23/2018

Strawberry boss

For the last five years, Plant City strawberry grower Gary Wishnatzki has worked closely with Bob Pitzer, a robotics designer, to create a robot that harvests strawberries. Read more »
Published on 2/22/2018

Congressional Budget Deal Gives Millions In Disaster Aid To Florida's Citrus Farmers

Florida citrus farmers are praising the passage of the spending bill in the U.S. Congress. Included in the budget plan is $90 billion dollars in disaster relief. Around $2 billion is earmarked for Florida farmers battered by Hurricane Irma, with $700 million going directly to the state's citrus industry. Read more »
Published on 2/12/2018

Florida Researchers Making the Most of Alternative Crops

Alternative crops like Brussels sprouts are gaining more attention in Northeast Florida's Tri-County Agricultural Area. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

University of Florida awarded $10.5 million to work on citrus greening resistance or tolerance

With citrus greening devastating Florida's $8.6 billion-a-year citrus industry, three University of Florida scientists will use $10.52 million in federal grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may produce potentially resistant fruit and trees. Read more »
Published on 1/24/2018

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