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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Florida Agriculture

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00October 13th, 2015|Agriculture, Business|

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has made major headlines lately, and those stories that focus on the partnership’s benefits for the country’s agricultural industry have been favorable, including those concerning Florida agriculture. Representing more than 40 percent of global trade, the USDA maintains that the “TPP is an opportunity to advance U.S. economic interests in [...]

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Three Cheers for Florida Seafood

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00October 1st, 2015|Agriculture, Community|

October is National Seafood Month, which makes it a great time to highlight this unique section of the Sunshine State’s agricultural endeavors: Florida seafood. Few states can boast as many agrarian endeavors as Florida can. According to data compiled by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Florida is first in produce like [...]

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Trust in Florida Farmers as Environmental Stewards High Among Public…Officials, Not So Much

By |2015-09-25T12:27:45+00:00September 25th, 2015|Agriculture, Business, Education|

Farmers and ranchers have long acted as stewards of the environment, with the majority taking care of the land, air and water to the best of their abilities and current knowledge. However, agriculture has come under attack on a variety of fronts from people with an alternative agenda to folks who are unknowledgeable when it [...]

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Look to Science to Help Agriculture and the Environment Get Along

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00September 18th, 2015|Agriculture, Business, Education|

It’s an unfortunate reality that agriculture and wildlife do not always coexist as well as they should. Take, for instance, the case of a 2006 outbreak of E. coli in bagged spinach grown at a California farm. According to an NPR piece, the spinach was contaminated on the farm, and about 200 people were made [...]

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Florida Agriculture Attacks the Giant, Invasive African Snail

By |2015-09-10T13:00:35+00:00September 10th, 2015|Agriculture, Business|

There’s no denying that Florida has great tropical weather featuring a lot of sunshine that’s advantageous for Agriculture, tourism and outdoor recreation. However, all those weather and climate-related characteristics about the Sunshine State that reel in vacationers in droves also attract more than a fair share of nasty diseases and pests. Those pests then attack [...]

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Hurricanes Preparation and Florida Agriculture

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00September 4th, 2015|Agriculture, Business|

Hurricane season is in full force with the official season lasting through November, but hurricanes and other natural disasters can affect the Sunshine State and Florida Agriculture at just about any time of the year. It’s important that you are prepared for bad weather. […]

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2015 Farm Income Forecast: Profitability Expected to Weaken, But With a ‘However’

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00August 26th, 2015|Agriculture, Business|

The USDA’s annual Farm Income Forecast has been released, and it predicts that profitability will continue a weakening trend that started in 2014. Net Cash Income is projected to fall by 21% to $100.3 billion, due to lower crop and livestock receipts. Net Farm Income is projected to be down by 26%, to $58.3 billion [...]

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Agriculture Tool, Old Farmer’s Almanac Calls for Some Nasty Weather This Winter

By |2015-08-20T11:19:52+00:00August 20th, 2015|Agriculture, Community|

The age-old Agriculture tool, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been around since 1792 predicting the weather and charting natural events like the tides and the cycles of the moon to keep those in Agriculture and folks in general in the know. Even in this technology-driven age we live in, The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s forecasts and [...]

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The Rescue Dogs That Protect Florida’s Billion Dollar Agriculture Industry

By |2015-08-12T10:43:36+00:00August 12th, 2015|Agriculture, Business, Community|

Man’s best friend has long been a trusted hand on the farm or ranch, but did you know that a group of lovable canines also work hard every day at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, FDACS, to protect the Sunshine State’s $120-billion dollar industry?  Five different dogs utilize their sensitive noses and [...]

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Vertical Farming Growing by Leaps and Bounds

By |2018-11-13T08:52:23+00:00August 6th, 2015|Agriculture, Business, Community|

New Jersey is known as the ‘Garden State,’ a name which has led to many jokes considering the tiny state’s dense population numbers—it has long been one of the most densely populated states in the nation—but New Jersey natives are no strangers to farming. Farming is one of the main industries in the state, albeit [...]

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