UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important strategy for keeping wealth in …

UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 — Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan Zhang, a UF/IFAS plant pathology associate professor, were …

Tickets on Sale for Feb. 14 Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet

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TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2017) — Tickets are on sale for the 38th annual Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 14, which will honor four inductees who have made invaluable contributions to Florida agriculture. The banquet, which each year celebrates the accomplishments of industry leaders who have served in research, education and business, is held in the Special …

NRCS Application Deadlines Approaching

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Sign up for Wetland Reserve Easements Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement until Jan. 13 for FY2017 funding. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance for landowners to purchase and restore wetlands. Applications are available online. Contact Crenel Francis, 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions   Application Deadline set for Agricultural …

PMA’s Emerging Leaders Program

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Newark, Del. — Want to groom a rising star employee for leadership in your organization? Apply today for the Center for Growing Talent by PMA’s (CGTbyPMA) 2017 Emerging Leaders Program that gets underway in February. New in 2017, CGTbyPMA is partnering with Eller College of Management at University of Arizona to train rising leaders to lead their companies and the …

UF/IFAS Report: Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources Employment up 29 Percent in 13 Years

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) economic report. Direct employment in the agriculture and natural resources sectors accounted …