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FloridAgriculture October e-Newsletter

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Headline News | In the Community | FARM RAISED|FARM PROUD | Ag Talk | CARES Profile | Commodity Corner | Calendar of Events | Ag Updates

HEADLINE NEWS

WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) continue to work through the process of repealing and revising the definition of “Waters of the United States,” the federal district courts continue to hammer out the legality of actions by the Administration.​
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‘CUPS’ PROTECTS CITRUS FROM GREENING, STORMS

Citrus Under Protective Screening, or “CUPS,”withstood the wrath of Hurricane Irma last year. In a four-year research experiment, UF/IFAS researchers have had success in using CUPS to block the deadly Asian citrus psyllid from infecting citrus trees. They are looking at ways to help make the system more affordable to growers.
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Growing industrial hemp could be a big business for Florida farmers.
GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP COULD BE BIG BUSINESS FOR FLORIDA FARMERS
Nationally, hemp is moving towards a billion-dollar enterprise and Florida could very well be a leader, due to its environment, world market access and innovative farming.
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Tomatoes
STATE ANNUAL MEETING TO CELEBRATE VOLUNTEERISM, MEMBERSHIP AND YOUNG FARMERS’ SKILLS
In just a few weeks the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting takes place in St. Augustine, Oct. 24-26. The three-day meeting will be a whirlwind of networking, awards, competitions and informative break-out sessions on the latest agricultural trends.
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HURRICANE WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON PLANS TO REDUCE FARM LOSSES   
The USDA Southeast Climate Hub and University of Florida will host a workshop to help producers develop adaptation plans for reducing future agricultural losses after a hurricane. Topics will include nursery/horticulture, row crops and livestock grazing. The workshop will be held on Nov. 15 in Gainesville.  
REGISTER NOW
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FARM FAMILIES
The Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship (FFSS) program will award 100 percent tuition to 50 farmworkers or children of farmworkers pursuing an undergraduate degree or career certificate.
 
APPLY NOW
FARM DOG OF THE YEAR
Farm Bureau dog owners are encouraged to enter their farm pup in the 2019 Farm Dog of the Year contest. The contest, sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, will run through Oct. 12. Up to $5,000 in prize money, a year’s worth of Purina dry dog food and recognition as the 2018 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year is up for grabs. 
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IN THE COMMUNITY

POLK COUNTY
Polk County Farm Bureau and the Polk County Extension office hosted a farm tour on Sept. 21 highlighting CARES Recipients.
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FARM RAISED|FARM PROUD

Sue Dauphin, District 1 FFB Women's Committee
CINDY GRIFFIN
District 8
Cindy Griffin represents counties in District 8 for the Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Committee. The South Florida native was born in Fort Lauderdale and was raised in Clewiston, part of Hendry County and dubbed the “Sweetest Town on Earth” because of the massive sugarcane acreage in that area.
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AG TALK

JACK PAYNE | UF/IFAS

Twenty years ago, the Florida Automated Weather Network launched on the premise that weather information from the airport isn’t enough for those in distant rural areas whose livelihoods depend on dew points and wind speed.
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CARES PROFILE

Jim Strickland, CARES Recipient
Jim Strickland, 2016 CARES Rancher from Manatee County utilizes BMPs such as rotational grazing to improve soil health and fencing off wetlands to improve water quality.  Strickland will receive the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award in October at the FFB Annual Meeting.
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COMMODITY CORNER

NEW LAW INCREASED FINES FOR BEE THEFT
A new law went into effect on October 1, 2018, which will create stricter penalties for stealing beehives. The new law doubles the fine to $10,000 for felony theft of a commercial animal and includes cattle rustling in addition to beehive theft. Florida bees are shipped nationwide to pollinate important crops, and as demand rises, producers see incidents of beehive theft rising to match. Beekeepers across the state hope the new state law will help curb the losses.
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PUBLIC POLICY

THE FARM BILL EXPIRED. NOW WHAT?
For over a year, the agricultural producers have implored Congress to act before Sept. 30, 2018 to assure a new, five-year guarantee for the nation’s agricultural policy. However, that deadline came and went over the weekend, so what now? 
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FLORIDA FARM BUREAU’S VIEW OF STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
The process to amend the state constitution is quite quirky in Florida, as there are multiple avenues to change our state’s overarching governing document.​
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Smartirrigation Vegetable
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Developed by UF/IFAS, this app is designed to assist vegetable growers in Florida and Georgia with irrigation schedule recommendations. To learn more, download for free on Android and iPhone.
Save More on Car Rentals
MEMBER BENEFIT
Farm Bureau members can save up to $2,500 on eligible Cat® ​ machines. 

IN MEMORIAM

A tribute to two agriculturists, Pet Clemons and Harold Mikell.
A tribute to two agriculturists, Pet Clemons and Harold Mikell.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Oct 4-6
Oct 9

Florida Farm Bureau Federation
 

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