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October 19, 2017

Agriculture

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

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

Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation team up to find solutions against Citrus Greening

Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), a non-profit organization in Florida supporting citrus growers, have signed a research collaboration agreement to find solutions to Citrus Greening disease, which currently threatens the global citrus production and juice industry. Read more »
Published on 8/16/2017

Florida scientists talk laurel wilt in California

University of Florida scientists are traveling to California in early August to share information on ways to combat laurel wilt in avocado trees. Read more »
Published on 8/2/2017

UF Researchers on the cusp of Citrus Greening Cure

As the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, researchers there say that they're on the cusp of developing a cure to the most serious threat facing the citrus industry worldwide: citrus greening. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2017

Florida tomato group asks for greater protections against Mexico

Specialty crop growers need more trade protections against imported Mexican vegetables sold at below the cost of production, Reggie Brown told the House Agriculture Committee seeking input to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Read more »
Published on 7/28/2017

Do you love seedless watermelons in the hot summer? UF scientists are on the case

Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

Florida Citrus Commission approves preliminary budget for 2017-18 season

The total preliminary budget is $17.5 million. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2017

Citrus Commission Slicing Spending

Reflecting the industry's sagging fortunes, the Florida Citrus Commission is recommending a 22 percent spending cut. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2017

Ph.D Candidate Researches Florida's H-2A Farmworker Program

An anthropologist pursuing his Ph.D. at Brown University spent the past few months researching the H-2A guest worker program in Florida's citrus industry. He heads to Mexico this summer to spend time with those workers in their own communities. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2017

Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

By using a combination of fumigants, scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers say this will help growers as they try to manage pests in areas where they cause the most trouble. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2017

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