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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Florida Agriculture

By | October 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 this critical region and to respond to the Asia-only regional trade agreements being negotiated by our competitors.” Essentially, the partnership reduces tariffs and opens markets for U.S. agricultural goods in countries in the Asian-Pacific region. Many wonder how the TPP will affect Florida’s agriculture industry. […]

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Three Cheers for Florida Seafood

By | October 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 oranges and grapefruit, fresh beans and tomatoes, sweet corn and much more; second in strawberries, vegetables, and greenhouse and nursery products and 12th in cattle. For produce from the sea, Florida ranks seventh in the nation. […]

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

By | September 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 comes to agriculture. Considering all the misinformation you can find out there, it’s nice to know that the people of The Sunshine State strongly believe that Florida farmers protect the state’s environment and water resources. […]

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Look to Science to Help Agriculture and the Environment Get Along

By | September 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 ill and three of them unfortunately died. The strain of E.coli was also found in cattle living about a mile from the spinach farm and wild pigs that lived in the area. Operating on the assumption that the wild pigs were to blame for the contamination, many vegetable and greens producers have since taken drastic steps—including removing trees, clearing out streams and stripping habitat areas down to the soil from around their fields—to ensure that wild animals aren’t attracted to their fields; the thought is, no wild animals, no contamination. The producers who have been taking such steps in the nine years since the outbreak believe their efforts will help make their harvests safer, but a recent study says it may all be for naught. […]

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Florida Agriculture Attacks the Giant, Invasive African Snail

By | September 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 our state’s all-important crops and livestock, wild flora and fauna and human population. The Florida Agriculture Industry, the state’s inhabitants and visitors can rest easy knowing that at least one invasive pest—the Giant African Land Snail—is suffering a serious smackdown from the efforts of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). […]

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Hurricanes Preparation and Florida Agriculture

By | September 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 | August 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 from 2014 projection of $91.1 billion. Read the entire report at the USDA here. […]

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

By | August 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 predictions are highly respected, with the original secret forecasting formula used by the Almanac’s founder still in use today (along with climatology, meteorology and more). As illustration, a WWII German spy apprehended in New York City had a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac on him. It goes without saying that he wasn’t using it to figure out when to plant corn. […]

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

By | August 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 expert training to detect invasive pests and diseases that could threaten a variety of Agriculture Industry sectors in Florida. Even more interesting is the fact that each dog is a rescue. […]

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Vertical Farming Growing by Leaps and Bounds

By | August 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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