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December 11, 2017

Agriculture

Lessons about sexual harassment from female tomato pickers in Florida

Long before the #MeToo campaign, women working the nation's agriculture farms have been reporting that the fields were not a safe or dignified place for them — rife with sexual harassment and abuse incidents. But now, Florida's tomato pickers say they've ended the problem in their workplace. It's a big claim, and it may still happen on odd occasions, but the tomato pickers there report that the culture of rampant abuse is no longer. Read more »
Published on 12/1/2017

Southeast Milk Statement on the status of Okeechobee County Dairy Farms

Attributable to Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk Inc. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

USDA lowers estimate for Florida citrus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cut its estimate for the Florida orange crop to 50 million boxes, down from the 54 million boxes predicted last month. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy, up 19 percent from 2000

Florida's environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from 2000, a new University of Florida report shows. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2017

UF is celebrating 100 years of citrus research and education

Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticultural sciences with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Read more »
Published on 11/8/2017

Florida Citrus Commission approves 2017-18 budget

Grower assessment tax rates remain unchanged from the previous season Read more »
Published on 10/26/2017

VIDEO: Rubio on Lack of Additional Disaster Relief: How Do You Explain This to Citrus Growers in Florida?

Video of Florida Senator Marco Rubio shows his comments after learning additional monies for Florida citrus growers was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2017

Seed research project offers alternative to fossil fuels

The project got a $15 million federal grant Read more »
Published on 10/23/2017

Gov. Scott Applauds USDA Action to Aid Florida Citrus Industry

Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the USDA issuing a natural disaster declaration for 19 Florida counties due to the damage the Florida citrus industry suffered during Hurricane Irma. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2017

Gov. Scott Activates $25 Million Citrus Emergency Loan Program to Aid Citrus Growers

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated a $25 million Florida Citrus Emergency Loan Program to support citrus growers impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide interest-free loans to citrus growers that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period will begin next week and be open through November 30, 2017. Read more »
Published on 10/6/2017

Commissioner Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. Read more »
Published on 10/5/2017

Perseverance a Priority for Florida Farmers Post-Irma

As Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture since 2011, Adam Putnam has seen the state's growers survive a host of challenges, including citrus greening, Oriental fruit flies, screwworms, and misdirected water management regulations. Now, Florida growers must rebound from the statewide wind and water destruction from Hurricane Irma. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2017

Deseret Ranch - the Land

Map showing Deseret Ranch properties (click to enlarge) [Map by Teresanne Cossetta Russell] Deseret Ranch Age: 60 years Size: 295,000 acres, 250 square miles Location: About 180,000 acres in Osceola... Read more »
Published on 9/18/2017

Florida's Farm Families Are Slowly Recovering from Losses Inflicted by Hurricane Irma

The resiliency of Florida's farmers and ranchers is on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. They are working to restore food and fiber production for this state and the nation, despite the widespread destruction of crops, buildings, fencing and other property lost to wind and water damage. Read more »
Published on 9/15/2017

Florida Organic Aquaculture LLC Retains M&A Specialist, Equity Partners HG

By order of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case Nos. 17-21251-EPK & 17-15012-EPK, Equity Partners HG will conduct the auction of Florida Organic Aquaculture LLC ("The Company"), along with the assets of Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative, LLC, on October 3, 2017. Read more »
Published on 9/12/2017

Agrium to Acquire Southern States Cooperative's Ag-retail Businesses in Georgia and Florida

Agrium Inc. (TSX: AGU) (NYSE: AGU) announced a binding purchase agreement between its Crop Production Services ("CPS") Ag-retail business and Southern States Cooperative, Inc. ("Southern States") for the acquisition of 20 Ag-retail locations in the states of Georgia and Florida and its integrated cotton ginning business in Statesboro, Georgia. Anticipated annual revenue from these locations is over $100-million. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2017

3 More Florida Growers Given Green Light to Cultivate Medicinal Cannabis

It's been nearly two years since five Florida farming operations were announced as the lucky recipients of exclusive state licenses to grow, process, and dispense medicinal cannabis, each meeting strict criteria just to qualify for the opportunity. Read more »
Published on 8/29/2017

Rice paddy fields of Florida

The Everglades farming area, long synonymous with sugar cane and winter vegetables, has seen a rise in planting in an obscure niche: Rice paddies. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2017

Duda's agribusiness development reach

The fate of Cocoa Ranch was probably sealed 60 years ago. The cattle ranch and sod farm in southern Brevard County was purchased in the 1940s by A. Duda & Sons... Read more »
Published on 8/28/2017

NAFTA Renegotiation Long Overdue for Florida Farmers

Florida's specialty crop growers are eagerly awaiting to see what form President Trump's promised renegotiation of NAFTA takes. While other agricultural sectors have benefited from the trade pact that took force in 1994, it has been a negative for the state's fruit and vegetable growers. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2017

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