Look out for manatees when boating

Apr 01, 18 Look out for manatees when boating

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic...

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UF-lead team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

by Samantha Grenrock The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which is a critical part of its native ecosystem in the Florida Panhandle. That’s why he and other leading...

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Adding Value to Sugar Crop Trash & Byproducts

By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” can be taken literally when it comes to residual material from sugar crops such as sugarcane, sweet sorghum, and sugar beets. These crops provide sugars, molasses, syrups, and other products to sweeten our foods. But...

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FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

Mar 01, 18 FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

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Media contact: : Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com At the Feb. 8 meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal that would establish data collection improvements for the for-hire industry in Gulf state waters. The proposal would require for-hire...

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New tax law may grow on the agriculture industry

Mar 01, 18 New tax law may grow on the agriculture industry

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This article was prepared for FFVA members by Carl Stroh Jr. of Withum. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed into law in December will affect Florida’s specialty crop producers in a number of ways. Included in the new law was a provision for citrus growers that provides a special temporary exception to the...

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Everglades Elementary School students wins third prize for Florida Department of Education contest with Ag

Mar 01, 18 Everglades Elementary School students wins third prize for Florida Department of Education contest with Ag

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By: FFB Everglades Elementary School (EES) students wrote a book entitled “If You Give a School an Ag Teacher” for the Just Read, Florida! Florida Department of Education literacy contest and won third place. The book chronicles how EES started their elementary agriculture program. The story of how the young people developed the...

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Brittany Lee charts a winning course with Florida Blue Farms

Mar 01, 18 Brittany Lee charts a winning course with Florida Blue Farms

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By Mick Lochridge Brittany Lee sets a great example for young son Jeb. An award-winning leader in Florida’s blueberry industry, Lee will pass along her drive to work hard and make a difference, whether it’s in a farm field or in a boardroom. “I hope what Jeb learns from me is that hard work and dedication can be truly...

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Talking to a Wall: Offshore Drilling Plan Draws Protests

Mar 01, 18 Talking to a Wall: Offshore Drilling Plan Draws Protests

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By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It isn’t clear whether Florida is still included in the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling, but the first and only hearing about it was in Tallahassee on Thursday. Groups opposed to the plan had to get creative in an attempt to share their views. With no...

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Could an 8 million-year-old gene help the citrus industry? UF researchers think so

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu After 100 years of assertions about the roots of citrus, a global group of scientists – including a University of Florida professor – has traced the evolutionary history of Florida’s signature crop up to 8 million years ago in the Himalayas of Southeast Asia. Through analyses of 60...

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Help plan the future of Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

Mar 01, 18 Help plan the future of Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 A 10-year plan for the Watermelon Pond Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Alachua County on Thursday, Feb. 22. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing in the John R. “Jack” Durrance Auditorium (Room 209) of the Alachua County Administration...

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UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their destructive range; meaning half the structures in South Florida...

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Leaving on a Bio-Jet Plane

By J. Kim Kaplan, ARS Office of Communications. One hundred and ten years ago when Wilbur Wright piloted the first U.S. passenger flight by taking employee Charles Furnas along for a ride, it’s unlikely that either of them ever dreamed of jet liners, let alone jets that use fuel made by yeast from switchgrass. Today, the airline...

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Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

Mar 01, 18 Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Divers and lionfish hunters: Do you have what it takes to become a Reef Ranger? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Reef Rangers website  (ReefRangers.com) and the program is ready for more participants. Reef Rangers is a...

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Peach farmers optimistic about 2018 after a disastrous 2017 crop

Mar 01, 18 Peach farmers optimistic about 2018 after a disastrous 2017 crop

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By Merritt Melancon Georgia is due for another blast of arctic air this week and, while Georgians themselves might be groaning about the cold weather, it’s beneficial for the state’s peach crop. These chilly days provide the cold temperatures that Georgia’s fruit crops need for healthy production this summer. After warm...

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Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

Mar 01, 18 Gulf gray triggerfish opens March 1 with new bag and size limits

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The recreational gray triggerfish season will reopen to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1. When the season reopens, the daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork...

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Florida’s Community Health Centers Thankful for Federal Funding

By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. The deal appears to offer most of what Democrats have been asking...

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You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

Mar 01, 18 You’re invited! More people explore nature, engage in outdoors activities at Florida WMAs

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 Florida’s wildlife management areas celebrated their 75th anniversary over the past year by welcoming more people to explore the dozens of WMAs across the state. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invited residents and visitors to discover one or more of the WMAs...

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Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

Feb 01, 18 Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

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Media Contact: Lauren McNair • 813-752-9194 berrypr@flstrawberryfestival.com PLANT CITY, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2018) – Ally Elizabeth Burt was crowned queen of the 83rd Florida Strawberry Festival at last night’s annual pageant in Plant City, Fla. Burt was selected from a field of 28 contestants who also voted her Miss Congeniality....

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Take a bowhunter education course in February

Feb 01, 18 Take a bowhunter education course in February

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Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294 Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Alachua County in February. The course will be conducted using the online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast can access the program on the...

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January Fishing Forecast (2017 year in review)

Feb 01, 18 January Fishing Forecast (2017 year in review)

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Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Reel Simple Fishing Adventures Hello Friends, I hope this finds everyone well and that all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 2017 was a great year for Reel Simple Fishing Adventures and if you were a part of it, we thank you from the bottom of our heart. There were new relationships formed and...

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