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October 21, 2018

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USDA forecasts big Florida citrus increase

Showing a 75% increase from last year's Hurricane Irma damaged crop, Florida's 2018-19 citrus production is forecast at 86.9 million boxes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more »
Published on 10/15/2018

Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2018

Florida Hemp Program Greenlit and Gearing for Growth

The fledgling pilot project led by University of Florida scientists to explore the potential of producing industrial hemp across the state is getting wings thanks to initial funding from a private partner. Green Roads Inc. has reportedly invested $1.3 million to sponsor the first phase of the UF/IFAS research program. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

New UF/IFAS Report Shows Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Industries Grew 2007-2016

The latest installment of an annual report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveals some good news about the state's economy – from 2007 to 2016, the portion of Florida's Gross State Product (GSP) generated by agriculture, natural resources and food industries grew at a faster rate than the state's total GSP, a statistic commonly used as a gauge of economic strength. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

1 Year After Hurricane Irma, Florida Agriculture Stronger

It's hard to believe a year has passed since Hurricane Irma stormed our shore, leaving behind it devastation for businesses and families alike across the peninsula. Yes, the time certainly has gone by quickly during the recovery phase. Simply looking around now gives one perspective about all the hard work done to get back on track and start rolling forward. Read more »
Published on 9/11/2018

FGCU announces agribusiness center, plans for minor

Florida Gulf Coast University's (FGCU) Lutgert College of Business is deepening its connection with agriculture through the creation of a new Center for Agribusiness and a proposed agribusiness minor. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2018

USDA Confirms Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that it is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in a six-year-old, mixed-breed beef cow in Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2018

UF/IFAS Experts Explore Multiple Strategies to Control New Palm Disease

Home and business owners should use an antibiotic to help limit a new disease threatening certain species of Florida palm trees, a University of Florida scientist says. Read more »
Published on 8/13/2018

Future of Florida Hops Just Got a Little Brighter

Researchers, as well as private industry, are starting to shine light on growing hops in Florida and are indeed pushing for development of a Florida hop industry. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2018

U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds hiring and pay violatios at North Florida cabbage farm

A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found that Sauceda Contractor Inc., an H-2A farm labor contractor, violated the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) when it provided farmworkers to harvest cabbage at Barnes Farm in Hastings. Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

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

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