Lake Okeechobee Algae: A Decades-Long Debate Continues

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

As the Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae debate continues, it can be difficult to decipher the truth from misinformation. A debate that has now become a national news story has been decades in the making. The same arguments from north and south of the lake have been made throughout the debate’s history. The algae issues in the waterways on the east …

Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Concerns Over Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release

Contact: Danielle Alvarez, (786) 586-3989, dalvarez@mercuryllc.com Farmers know firsthand just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be. We send our prayers to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and are reminded that, in Florida, we can’t ignore the lessons that come from communities inundated by Harvey’s flood waters. Hurricane Harvey is a reminder of Florida’s critical need to complete repairs of the Herbert Hoover …

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Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Sugar, Top Posts

Florida’s 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron’s proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the purchase of 60,000 acres of …

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Desantis Transition Panel Weighs Water Issues

Dan Cooper Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Money set aside annually for the restoration of the Everglades and other waterways should also help end the use of septic tanks, a former House speaker suggested Monday as a panel considered potential environmental policies for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis. Former Speaker Steve Crisafulli said the incoming governor should tap the “Legacy Florida” funding to aid conversions from septic tanks to …

A Florida Perspective on Agricultural Water Issues

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Rich Budell Vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast face many challenges, including labor, disease, trade and weather. An additional — often underappreciated and complicated — issue involves management and protection of fresh water resources. Access to adequate quantities of fresh water during the growing season is critical to production success. Protecting downstream receiving waters from potential adverse …

What Exactly Causes Toxic Algae?

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Lisa Krimsky Florida has an algae problem, and we’re not alone. The population on this planet is growing, as is the need to feed and house 7.6 billion people. Algae blooms are naturally occurring. However, a warming climate, human activities and nutrient inputs from stormwater, agricultural and urban land use, and sewer and septic systems have significantly increased the …

Sneak Peek: November 2018 VSCNews Magazine

Abbey Taylor Research, Sneak peek, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

Get in the know on H2O with the November issue of VSCNews magazine. Water is a crucial aspect of agriculture in the Southeast, and the November magazine will give readers an update on ongoing water issues and a new irrigation technology. As the Florida population grows, water resources become scarcer, creating a challenge for the state’s agriculture industry. Rich Budell, …