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February 20, 2017

Agriculture

Florida orange estimate drops 1 million cartons

Florida's troubled citrus industry continues to trend downward, with orange production estimates slipping another million boxes in the past month, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture production report. Read more »
Published on 2/13/2017

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation's citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. Read more »
Published on 2/9/2017

University of Florida Celebrating a Century of Citrus Research

Nearly a century ago, a group of Polk County citrus growers raised about $14,000 to buy land for a research station. Now, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center. Read more »
Published on 2/3/2017

UF-led team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavor

What's wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavor, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

USDA files action against American Fruit & Produce Corporation in Florida for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against American Fruit & Produce Corporation. Read more »
Published on 1/19/2017

APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Miami-Dade County, Florida

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2017

Fresh From Florida takes on tomatoes

“The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services implemented a robust marketing campaign in 2016 to promote Florida tomatoes,” said Jackie Moalli, senior marketing and development manager. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2016

Florida orange production holds steady in December forecast

The USDA forecasts 72 million boxes of Florida oranges, 9.3 million boxes Florida grapefruit. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2016

Hive rustlers: Thefts sting Florida beekeepers

A series of bee-hive thefts has stung Florida's beekeepers. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

Life after citrus

With citrus devastated by greening, some growers are letting their land sit idle. Others are trying new crops. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

A better lure to detect and control an avocado pest

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist has developed a new tool for Florida avocado producers increasingly concerned about a disease that is killing their trees. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2016

Citrus forecast sees small boost

The latest citrus forecast numbers this season have seen a slight uptick, but they fall far short of previous years. Read more »
Published on 11/11/2016

Cherry Lake Tree Farm Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Over the past five years, Cherry Lake Tree Farm has reduced its water consumption by 15 percent, while simultaneously increasing its production by 15 percent. This was achieved through the implementation of best practices, new technology and innovative production management techniques. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Jones Potato Farm Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Jones' operation provides the potato industry a solid footing to kick off the fresh potato season. Green beans are used as a rotational crop, beneficial as a nitrogen fixer and soil builder. Cover crops are primarily used to maintain soil health, and for erosion control. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Alliance Dairies Wins Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Alliance is committed to using best management practices (BMPs) as part of the company's sustainable agriculture mission. All water is recycled on the dairy (except for cleaning, cow cooling and consumption). In addition, more than 80 percent of sand used in bedding is recycled. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Florida farms singled out for environmental leadership

Florida's farmers and ranchers not only fuel our people and economy, they have proven themselves as responsible and innovative stewards of our land and world-renowned natural resources. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2016

Bees are crucial to Florida's environment, agriculture and economy

Bees, please don't buzz off! Read more »
Published on 11/1/2016

Florida Citrus Commission approves 2016-17 budget

This Department's total budget for 2016-17 is $22.6 million Read more »
Published on 10/28/2016

More than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive ranch land preserved in Polk, Okeechobee

The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of more than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural lands in Polk and Okeechobee counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida's economy. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2016

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