Negron

Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Sugar, Top Posts

Florida's 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron's land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron's proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the…

Florida Pomegranate Association Hosts 2017 Growers Meeting

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association hosted its annual growers meeting on March 3 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida. The meeting included presentations on 2016 research projects involving pomegranate disease and nutrient management, as well as information on pomegranate juicing equipment. Attendees also experienced a hands-on pruning class led by…

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke…

Creating Captivating Farm Stories

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

"Telling the farm story" has become a staple form of outreach for agriculture. But making an impact from storytelling requires diligent construction of personalized scenarios to relay to the public. With a great story, one can effectively convey the correct messages regarding labor, environmental issues and the ever-changing political scenarios. Frank Sesno, director of the…

Florida Breweries Reap the Benefits of Local Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida has been on the rise. Hops could be a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. Production of Florida hops could not only benefit growers, but it could also benefit local beer breweries. Desiree Chubb, director of quality assurance at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke with AgNet…

Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop and Trade Show

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts

Author: Judy Biss The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) publication “Keeping Bees in Florida,” reports “There are over 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida (as of June 2016). Nearly three quarters of these are considered 'backyard' beekeepers (0–10 colonies), while the remaining quarter are 'sideline commercial' or 'commercial'…

Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today. “The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run…