Georgia Ag Commissioner Discusses Citrus, School Nutrition, Onions

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  “Man, what a great opportunity,” said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black in regards to the 2017 Georgia Agribusiness Council’s State Legislative Breakfast that was held just steps from the Capitol building in Atlanta. Black  was just one of several elected officials in attendance. Others included: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee …

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill on February 3 proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Gaetz served in …

USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to …

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 …

Commissioner Putnam Announces Florida Farm to School Grant Recipients

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the six Florida school districts awarded Farm to School grants to increase the amount of locally grown products served to children. As part of the Farm to School initiative, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recognizes school …

2016 FFVA Convention Speakers Address Major Topics

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The 73rd annual Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention is wrapping up another successful year. The convention, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, gathered a crowd of over 400, says Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA. Lochridge says that the goal of this year’s convention, like every other year, is to provide FFVA members with information and …

NGA Holds Annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) held its fifth annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown yesterday at the Library of Congress, located on Capitol Hill. NGA’s 2016 Best Bagger National Champion, Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets, located in Seattle, WA, competed against Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). Candice was able to fend off a good effort by Congressman Newhouse to …

Secretary Vilsack Announces $36.5 Million for Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm …