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November 19, 2017

Agriculture

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

Top 3 invasive pests Florida growers need to be watching for

As a port of entry, the state of Florida has felt the negative effects of invasive weeds, insects, and diseases for many years. Here are two making headlines today and one that is being closely monitored on a regular basis. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2016

Pompano and circumstance

Aquaculture has become the fastest-growing form of food production globally — in 2013, production of fish and other seafood eclipsed production of beef. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Florida agriculture, natural resources employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economic report. Read more »
Published on 9/23/2016

USDA announces additional support for Florida citrus growers impacted by greening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. Read more »
Published on 9/22/2016

Text of H.R.3957 -- Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016

Expensing of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty. Read more »
Published on 9/22/2016

Injecting citrus tree trunks with bactericide may help stem greening

A chemical treatment known as a bactericide could help preserve citrus trees from the potentially deadly and costly greening disease, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. Read more »
Published on 9/9/2016

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