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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Very good crop’ of Georgia peanuts expected

Feb 01, 18 Very good crop’ of Georgia peanuts expected

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s dryland peanut crop excelled this year, while irrigated fields lacked in comparison to past years, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. The result is a crop estimated to average 4,400 pounds per acre. This year, Georgia’s peanut crop is the largest in more...

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Florida Farm Bureau Receives Highest Achievement

Feb 01, 18 Florida Farm Bureau Receives Highest Achievement

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By: FFB Florida Farm Bureau received the 2017  Pinnacle Award for outstanding member programs and achievement in 2017. The Pinnacle Award was presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation at its 2018 Annual Convention in Nashville on Jan. 7. This is the fourth time Florida Farm Bureau has received the Pinnacle Award in six...

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UF/IFAS researchers awarded $10.5M to work on citrus greening resistance or tolerance

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With citrus greening devastating Florida’s $8.6 billion-a-year citrus industry, three University of Florida scientists will use $10.52 million in federal grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may...

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Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

Feb 01, 18 Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today opened the second camp dedicated to providing outdoor, recreational opportunities at no cost to wounded veterans who participate in Operation Outdoor Freedom. Peace River Camp, located in...

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Three Florida teachers Selected to Compete for National Achievement Award

Feb 01, 18 Three Florida teachers Selected to Compete for National Achievement Award

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By: FFB Three teachers from Florida will travel to Maine to compete for the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2018. A third-grade teacher from Lake County, a high school teacher who teaches horticulture, diversified career technology, animal science and agriculture from Bradford County and a middle school...

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‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Feb 01, 18 ‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Posted by in Featured Stories, Gardening, Health & Farming

By Norman Winter In Japanese, the word “kanjiro” means “you must feel.” I’m not sure if that means “to touch” or “to experience,” but the ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is certainly one to experience. The ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is known botanically as “Camellia hiemalis” and debuted in 1954. The longevity of this...

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Florida forest industry generates nearly $13B in annual sales, 36,000 jobs

Feb 01, 18 Florida forest industry generates nearly $13B in annual sales, 36,000 jobs

Posted by in Featured Stories, Scientific Studies

by Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s forest industry generated $12.55 billion in sales revenues in 2016, which translated to more jobs, according to a new UF/IFAS economic report. The sales figure is up about $4.77 billion from 2003, according to the report. More money sometimes means more jobs, and in the case of the...

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Spiny lobster trap tag fees waived for 2018-19 season

Feb 01, 18 Spiny lobster trap tag fees waived for 2018-19 season

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com As commercial fishermen and women begin to purchase their spiny lobster trap tags, this is a reminder that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has waived the $1 per trap spiny lobster trap tag fee for the 2018-2019 season. This waiver was...

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Avian flu found in wild duck; backyard flock owners asked to stay vigilant

At the end of December 2017, the H7 strain of avian influenza was found in a green-winged teal, a widespread North American duck, collected in McIntosh County on the Georgia coast. Wild birds are known vectors of avian influenza. Backyard and pastured poultry flocks are especially vulnerable when exposed to their wild cousins,...

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Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

Jan 01, 18 Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Landowners can go to a new FWC webpage to record when and where they see northern...

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Managing laurel wilt disease in Florida

By: FFVA Although laurel wilt disease continues to fell avocado trees and their wild relatives in the Southeast, a number of Florida growers who have adopted aggressive management programs have reduced avocado tree mortality. The programs, which involve frequent scouting for diseased trees, removing and grinding them as soon as...

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Solar energy entrepreneur invests in Florida 4-H youth

by Samantha Grenrock When Brandon Bing got up to speak in front of a crowd of 4-H alumni and supporters at the annual Florida 4-HGator Soiree last month, he admits, he was a little nervous. Not that he’s shy. Quite the opposite. The outgoing entrepreneur was jittery with the knowledge his company was about help more Florida youth...

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UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

Jan 01, 18 UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

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by Tom Nordlie  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries provided $132.04 billion in...

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“Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

Jan 01, 18 “Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

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By: FFB Consumers consistently misinterpret the word “natural” when it is included in the labels for meat products, according to Arizona State University researchers. In a study of beef-eating consumers, the investigators also found that people are willing to pay an additional $1.26 per pound for products if they have such...

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Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Jan 01, 18 Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today delivered remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit in St. Augustine. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The goal of rural economic development is not to turn our rural...

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National Pork Producers Council announces support for Farmers for Free Trade

As reported by Farmers for Free Trade US pork producers’ voice on policy and advocacy joins growing bipartisan effort to rebuild grassroots support for trade policies that benefit farmers and ranchers. Washington DC – This week the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the global voice for the US pork industry and leader on...

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UF web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season....

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UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Jan 01, 18 UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

By Clint Thompson As Georgia Vidalia onion producers plant next year’s crop, they are transplanting the onions, or physically placing the plants into a hole dug in the ground. Farmers may soon be using a new method that literally rolls the plants into the soil. PlantTape technology could make planting by hand a thing of the past,...

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