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 …

Pleased with Senate GMO Labeling Agreement

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It’s been announced that an agreement has been reached on legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) that would set a national standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. Tyron Spearman has more.   From the American Soybean Association: WASHINGTON (June 23, 2016) – The American Soybean …

USDA Working to Strengthen Agriculture

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Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. …

Alabama NRCS Helping Farmers Install Water Quality Monitors

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants to remind producers that funds are available to help install edge-of-field stations that monitor water quality as it leaves their fields. This program, through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), is for six watersheds in Alabama that run into Guntersville Lake.