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 …


RESTORE Council Approves Florida’s State Expenditure Plan

Dan Cooper Environment, Industry News Release

Plan providing $291M for 69 Projects across 23 Coastal Counties Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to Mr. Noah Valenstein, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Designated Alternate for the Governor of Florida to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council), approving the State of Florida’s State …


FDACS Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

Dan Cooper Environment, Fruit, Industry News Release, Produce, Stone Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. The department, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, monitors more than 56,000 fruit fly traps statewide as an …


New Herbicide Application Technology Available in Georgia and Alabama – But Not Yet in Florida

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Environment, Industry News Release

With spring and the rainy season just around the corner, many cattle producers look toward fertilization and weed control applications in the weeks and months ahead. As part of our coverage of this week’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Phoenix, we learned from Dow AgroSciences range and pasture experts that a new herbicide application technology is available in Georgia …

EPA Administrator Visits Southeast Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Environment, Legislative, Top Posts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is visiting the Southeast this week, bringing his Back-to-Basics positive environmental agenda with him. He visited Alabama and Georgia, where he was joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Pruitt discusses his trip and Back-to-Basics initiative. “It’s been a wonderful two days,” Pruitt says. He started his trip yesterday in Alabama …

Threat of Wildfire Lingers as Florida Drought Continues

Abbey Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

The threat of wildfire is still eminent in Florida as the dry spell continues. Despite slight rainfall recently in some regions of the state, it was not enough to eliminate the risk of fire or to lift burn bans in some counties. On May 15, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced 2,163 wildfires have burned …

Areas of Florida Experience Extreme Drought

Abbey Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Although some rain passed through Florida recently, the state is still suffering from severe drought in certain areas. Furthermore, according to a map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on May 4, areas north of Lake Okeechobee have moved in to the “extreme” drought level. Florida has been experiencing water shortage issues due to the drought, and regions within the …