Friday, August 5, 2016

Florida Edition for August 5, 2016


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Research findings on strawberry disease


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent o...










State preserves nearly 4,000 acres

TALLAHASSEE -- The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of nearly 4,000 acres of sensitive agricultural lands in Hardee, DeSoto, Dixie and Indian River counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida's economy. The purch...




Ag workgroup IDs conservation concerns

WAUCHULA, Fla. -- Local farmers, ranchers and other landowners are invited to participate in a workgroup with the Hardee County and the Peace River Soil and Water Conservation Districts and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service</a...<>




National News




NIFA programs support farmers markets


WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has officially declared Aug. 7-13 as the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week, highlighting the key role that farmers markets play in bringing communities together around agriculture.









Safety net assistance for milk producers

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced approximately $11.2 million in financial assistance to American dairy producers enrolled in the 2016 Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The payment rate for May/June 2016 will be the largest since the program began in 20...




Grain harvesting lessons for K-12 students

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the process of growing and harvesting wheat and other grains in America is the theme of a new series of lessons called 'Harvesting: Crops & Careers' developed by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organiz...



FAO Food Price Index down slightly

ROME -- The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases. The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) averaged 161.9 points in July 2016, slipping 0.8 percent (1.3 points) below it...




Trading farmland for nitrogen protection

WASHINGTON -- Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of possible consequences. But riparian buffer zones - areas of grasses, perennials, or trees - between farmlands and streams or rivers can help. ...



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Brazil corn harvest advances


While the safrinha corn harvest advances in Brazil, yields continue to disappoint, coming in at even lower amounts. In main-producing state Mato Grosso, the safrinha corn harvest is approximately 70% complete. While this harvest pace is slightly ahead of last year, yields are down from last year and...




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