The Next Farm Bill: Specialty Crops

Josh McGill Industry News Release

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Ranking Member Michelle Lujan Grisham “Thank you Chairman Davis, and I add my welcome to each of our panelists for being here today. Your willingness to participate in today’s hearing is particularly appreciated given the nearly continuous cycle of planting and harvesting in the…

Jet Fuel Crop on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Research, Top Posts

Source: Patrick Troy Patrick Troy, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension regional specialized agent for row crops, is working on a biofuel research study that could lead to the production of jet fuel. "Fortunately, for the sake of farming, I think diversification is something that has happened with the movement in and…

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Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs…

Putnam Rallies Ag at Taste of Florida Reception

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

The Taste of Florida Agriculture reception, held in Tallahassee on March 8, brought together friends of agriculture from every corner of the state for a night of fellowship. The reception is hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau as part of its annual Legislative Days event. Booths were set up between the historic Florida Capitol building…

Younger Generation Not Eating Enough Peaches

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches have always been a staple in household diets, but the younger generation is falling short of the consumption rates from past generations. The National Peach Council (NPC) is working to fix this issue. In a recent study, it was discovered that the average peach consumer is in excess of 55 years old. NPC Director…

A Way to Save Water

Kelsey Fry Environment, Technology, Top Posts, Water

Variable-rate irrigation may be a grand step forward in the sustainability efforts of agriculturalists. Charles Barrett, regional water resources Extension agent for the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, says, "The technology itself has been around for a while, but it's starting to gain some traction." Variable-rate irrigation allows for control over the center pivot. The…

Tips for Efficient Nutrition Application

Kelsey Fry Environment, Research, Top Posts

Soil nutrients may not always be available in adequate amounts for optimal crop production. Supplying the necessary nutrients can boost crop production and help minimize the risk of loss of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Farmers are being encouraged to use best management practices (BMPs), and legislation is cracking down on the issue. Certain areas…