NIFA Invests $35 Million in Specialty Crop Research

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Specialty crops generally fetch high value for the…

EAA Farmers Thank Governor Scott

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Contact: Danielle Alvarez (786) 586-3989 dalvarez@mercuryllc.com BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Following Florida Governor Rick Scott’s visit to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), leaders from communities south of Lake Okeechobee expressed gratitude for the governor’s leadership and urged him to continue advocating for the region. The following community and business leaders released statements immediately following Scott's visit to Belle Glade:…

Troutman Joins Lineup of Florida Ag Commissioner Hopefuls

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts

by Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner on Monday, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. “For two decades, I've been building a business and continuing my work in Florida agriculture,” Troutman, of Winter Haven,…

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Putnam, Graham Gear Up for Governor’s Race

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

By Dara Kam and Lloyd Dunkelberger The News Service of Florida Ending months of speculation, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam filed papers Monday to run for governor in 2018. The Republican's entree into the race to succeed Gov. Rick Scott, forced to leave office next year because of term limits, was little more than a…

Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, debates on the House floor Jan. 14, 2016

Caldwell to Run for Agriculture Commissioner

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

by Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida Setting up a primary battle against fellow lawmaker Denise Grimsley, state Rep. Matt Caldwell announced Monday he will run for agriculture commissioner next year. The announcement was not a surprise: Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months for a political committee…

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Commissioner Putnam Urges Department of Commerce to Investigate Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross emphasizing the need for fair trade, as Mexican imports have negatively affected Florida agriculture. He asked the Department of Commerce to initiate an investigation into Mexico’s unfair trade practices. “I believe that Florida produces the highest quality agricultural…

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Increased blueberry volumes from Naturipe

Dan Cooper Berries, Industry News Release

Ideal growing conditions are on the rise throughout the United States and Naturipe Farms has promotable blueberry volumes available which is meeting increased consumer consumption trends and offers promotion opportunities at retail. With earlier harvests this year, “We are now seeing optimal quality and production from Florida & Georgia,” says Mario Flores, Director of Blueberry…