Demand for Organics Continues to Rise

Abigail Taylor Organic, Top Posts

The demand for organic products has been increasing since the 1990s. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, says organics are the fastest growing sector of the agriculture industry. According to Mesh, large increases in the demand for organics began in the 1990s. Since then, organic production has seen a yearly increase in demand,…

Florida is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners are Doing About It

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if…

Florida Farmers Turn Out for Putnam In Large Numbers

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made his bid for the Governor's office official last week, following up the announcement from his home town of Bartow with a whirlwind bus tour of the state from one end to the other. I caught up with Putnam at the end of his final tour stop at a farm…

UGA Associate Professor Publishes Pecan Book

Abigail Taylor Pecan, Top Posts

Lenny Wells, an associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a book about pecans. When Wells first began his career at UGA, he had the chance to sort through old documents, letters and journals about pecans and pecan production dating back to 1902. "It hit me…

AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — An Epilogue

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By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President I recently connected with Max Armstrong, host of the nationally syndicated “This Week in Agribusiness” television program, for a fast-paced rural area and farm tour in Central Florida. It turned out to be a great opportunity for all involved, especially for Florida, which deserves more and better…

Alabama Farmers Fare Well in Legislative Session

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Farmers and forest owners fared well in the 2017 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, which was marked by a leadership change in the governor’s office. The Legislature adjourned for the session Friday evening. Alabama Farmers Federation priorities included passage of bills enhancing irrigation tax credits and the Farm-to-School program, as well as funding for…

Florida Farm Bureau Members to Address Crucial Issues in D.C.

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Farm Bureau members will partake in the Field to the Hill trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby and speak to congressional delegates about issues of importance to Florida’s agriculture industry. Jaime Jerrels, director of agriculture policy at the Florida Farm Bureau, discussed three federal priorities members will be lobbying for. Renegotiations of the North…

Threat of Wildfire Lingers as Florida Drought Continues

Abigail 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…