USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 16 in Ocala

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, NRCS, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: Renee Bodine, NRCS, Public Affairs Florida, Desk 352.338.9565. Gainesville, Fla. – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Marion County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2330 NE Jacksonville Road, North Hall Ocala, FL  34470. The event is free and open…

Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG) to distribute emergency relief grants of $500 to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming…

UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS…

USDA Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Irma

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Contact: USDA Press, Phone: (202) 720-4623, Email: press@oc.usda.gov USDA Reminds Individuals and Small Businesses USDA Offers Disaster Assistance Programs to Help WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses impacted Hurricane Irma that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff…

Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Concerns Over Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee

Abigail 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…

Georgia Congressional Delegation Fights for Specialty Crops

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Contact: Rachel Ledbetter, 202-225-6531 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, led by U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), sent a letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative. The letter urges a separate domestic industry provision for perishable and seasonable products in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings through North American Free…

NIFA Invests $35 Million in Specialty Crop Research

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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…