News & Press Releases

Spot a Yard Pest
April 24, 2017

Summer in Florida means long hot days and plenty of buzzing insects. The Sunshine State is home to more than 12,000 insect species.

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Tests Verify U.S. Food Supply is Safe
April 20, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that laboratory examinations confirm the safety of foods U.S. consumers eat.

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Farm Families Treat Every Day As Earth Day
April 13, 2017

Most Floridians are beginning to recognize that farm families are our front-line environmentalists.

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Florida Farm Bureau Extends a Helping Hand
April 13, 2017

Florida Farm Bureau Federation donated a total of $10,000 to a Disaster Relief Fund to support farm families in those states affected by wildfires.

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Raise Your Hand to Help Florida 4-H Win Big
April 10, 2017

Florida 4-H is competing with other states across the country to get the most “hands raised” for a chance to win $20,000 for Florida 4-H programs.

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Scholarships Available for Millennials in Ag
April 6, 2017

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $2,000 in scholarships for members to attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, July 14-16 in Punta Gorda.

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Want to Jumpstart your Food or Ag Business?
April 5, 2017

More than half of Americans either work for, or own, a small business. If you have an idea for your own business, now is the time to take it to the next level.

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National Geographic Highlights Farmer Conservation
March 31, 2017

A new website from National Geographic titled “Uncharted Waters”, explores water use in agriculture.

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Voters: Agriculture Is The Most Sustainable Enterprise
March 22, 2017

A new survey conducted by Morning Consult indicates that registered voters view farm production as the most sustainable sector of the national economy.

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Advocacy at the Capitol
March 14, 2017

Hundreds of Florida Farm Bureau members from across the state convened at the state Capitol to meet with legislators during Florida Farm Bureau’s annual Legislative Days in Tallahassee, March 7-8.

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2017 National Ag Day Celebrated During Legislative Days
Feb. 28, 2017

As part of their celebration of National Agriculture Day, Florida Farm Bureau members will hold a Taste of Agriculture reception on March 8 during their Legislative Days at the state capital.

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Teaching the Next Generation About Agriculture
Feb. 22, 2017

More than 1,000 Marion County young people have a better understanding of contemporary agriculture, thanks to their participation in a special program sponsored by the local Farm Bureau.

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New Tools Used for Protecting People, Wildlife and Property from Wildfire
Feb. 21, 2017

The Florida Forest Service has long employed the Fire Prevention Program, the Firewise Communities Program and Prescribed Fire to increase protection for people, wildlife and property.

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Celebrating Our Food Bounty
February 17, 2017

More than two dozen Duval County Farm Bureau volunteers greeted shoppers at the Publix store in Duval Station Centre in Jacksonville on Feb. 16.

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Ag Literacy Day Set for May 2
Feb. 15, 2017

Florida’s aquaculture and seafood will be highlighted in a new children’s book to celebrate the 14th annual Agriculture Literacy Day on May 2.

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Florida Sweet Berries
Feb. 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day is not the only day to savor Florida fresh strawberries. Feb. 27 is National Strawberry Day.

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Food Check-Out Week Event Highlights Farm Service to the Community
Feb. 6, 2017

Florida Farm Bureau volunteers statewide will be celebrating Food Check-Out Week Feb. 13-17. The week will celebrate the abundant, nutritious food supply for all Floridians.

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Celebrating Florida Agriculture at State Capitol
Jan. 26, 2017

The largest gathering of farmers and ranchers from across the Sunshine state will convene at the state capitol March 7-8 to discuss public policy issues with state legislators.

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Scholarships Available for Women in Agriculture
Jan. 26, 2017

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $2,000 in scholarships for women in farming to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference, March 2-4, 2017, in St. Augustine.

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Take the Purple Plow Challenge
Jan. 19, 2017

Help solve food insecurity around the world by creating a sustainable food system with your classmates.

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Families Spend Average of $233,610 Raising a Child
Jan. 10, 2017

The USDA report, "The Cost of Raising a Child," estimates it costs $233,610 to raise a child born in 2015.

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Florida Farm Bureau Receives Highest Achievement
Jan. 9, 2017

Florida Farm Bureau received the 2016 Pinnacle Award for outstanding member programs and achievement in 2016.

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Take the MyPlate Challenge to a Healthier New Year
Jan. 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has launched a campaign to help Americans turn their resolutions about healthy eating into real solutions in 2017.

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U.S. Agriculture Still Depends Upon Small Farms
Jan. 3, 2017

Most farms in the United States are small operations and are family businesses, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

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Keep Your Home Safe From Holiday Fires
Dec. 21, 2016

To ensure the safety of Florida's citizens, homes and natural resources, Florida Forest Service officials offer the following tips to reduce fire hazards in and around the home.

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Women Give Back to Local Communities
Dec. 15, 2016

The Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee approved more than a $17,000 distribution to various charitable organizations through the Women’s Fund this year.

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Water Management Leader Applauds Farmers’ Conservation Success
Nov. 15, 2016

In recent comments Ann Shortelle, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District, expressed her appreciation for the natural resource conservation achievements by farmers and ranchers.

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Giving Back During Farm-City Week
Nov. 9, 2016

Farm-City Week is a time to give thanks for the valuable partnerships between urban and rural residents. The week will be celebrated statewide, Nov. 16-23, 2016.

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State Farm Organization’s Women’s Committee Elects Officers
Nov. 4, 2016

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Committee held its annual meeting on Oct. 27 during the Florida Farm Bureau’s 75th Annual Meeting in Orlando.

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Palm Beach Man Named State’s Top Crop Advisor
Nov. 4, 2016

An expert in crop production in Palm Beach County has been recognized for his work with a statewide honor. Frank Dowdle received the Excellence in Crop Advising Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s 75th Annual Meeting in Orlando on Oct. 27.

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Statewide Meeting Was a Diamond Celebration
Nov. 3, 2016

More than 600 grassroots members gathered at the Caribe Royale Orlando Resort, Oct. 26-28 to celebrate Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 75th anniversary.

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Polk County Businessman Receives GM Dealer of the Year Award
Nov. 3, 2016

Bob Elliott’s Greenwood Chevrolet in Fort Meade received Florida Farm Bureau’s GM Dealer of the Year award at the at the state organization’s annual meeting in Orlando on Oct. 27.

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Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest Winner Named
Nov. 2, 2016

Maddie Dvorak of Polk County took home first place at the Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest on Oct. 27. Dvorak received a plaque and $500 for her winning speech on unmanned aerial systems and their use in agriculture.

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Multi-county Farm Bureau Agent Earns Statewide Teamwork Award
Nov. 2, 2016

A Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Taylor County Farm Bureau insurance agent has won statewide recognition for his cooperative work within the overall organization and his positive contributions to member service.

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Okeechobee County Journalist Earns Statewide Award
Nov. 2, 2016

Katrina Elsken of Okeechobee County has received Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Newsperson of the Year Award. She accepted the honor during an Oct. 27 general session at Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Orlando.

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Young Farmer Excels Statewide
Nov. 2, 2016

Dean Cheshire of Alachua County was named the winner of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. This competition is open to farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned farm operation.

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Suwannee County Farmers Win Coveted Statewide Honor
Nov. 2, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau has presented Doug and Deanne Carter with its 2016 Achievement in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes their skill at farm production, development of the enterprise and service to Farm Bureau and the local community.

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Farm Bureau Recognizes Marion County Woman with its Highest Award
Oct. 31, 2016

Marilyn Grant has been named the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau.

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Farm Bureau Recognizes Hillsborough County Man with its Highest Award
Oct. 31, 2016

Ron Wetherington­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ has been named the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau.

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IRS Offers Assistance for Taxpayers in Disaster Areas
Oct. 14, 2016

Specific income tax relief is available for individuals and businesses in areas affected by natural disasters. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service offers several methods of assistance intended to help with recovery from losses.

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Statewide Meeting Will Be a Diamond Celebration
Oct. 14, 2016

Gainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the Caribe Royale Orlando Resort, Oct. 26-28.

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Consumers Enjoy Lower Food Price Increases
Oct. 10, 2016

In the past year U.S. retail food prices increased at an exceptionally low rate. Officials at the USDA’s Economic Research Service report that during the past year the average price increase was less than 2 percent or 27 percent lower than the historical average.

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Statement by John Hoblick, FFBF, on Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
Sept. 28, 2016

“The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) is essential to continue the important water quality improvement projects related to Lake Okeechobee and Everglades restoration." -John Hoblick, President

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Members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation Honored for Speaking up for Agriculture
Sept. 26, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau honors members of the 114th Congress for their dedication and commitment in support of agriculture and Farm Bureau policy with the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award.

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2016 Florida Election Guide Available
Sept. 21, 2016

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Farm Bureau are pleased to provide the 2016 Election Guide as your resource for the upcoming General Election.

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UF/IFAS Helps Suwannee River Valley Farmers Save Water
Sept. 15, 2016

Thanks to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension trial, farmers in the Suwannee River Valley have the chance to test drive new water-saving technology.

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USDA Purchase Helps Families in Need
Sept. 7, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.

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Study: Urban Homeowners Struggle To Reduce Water Use
Aug. 18, 2016

According to a new survey, most Florida homeowners are not reducing their lawn irrigation during the summer months.

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Cash for Creativity
Aug. 18, 2016

Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow the budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.

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National Biotech Disclosure Signed Into Law
Aug. 2, 2016

President Barack Obama signed a national biotech disclosure bill into law on July 29.

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Young Farmers Prepare to Address Vital Public Issues
July 19, 2016

Four young farmers and ranchers are one step closer to receiving a coveted statewide award for holding their own on effectively discussing solutions to challenging contemporary agricultural issues.

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Millennials Sought for Agricultural Leadership
July 19, 2016

Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking young agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply for its 2016-2018 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.

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Statement from President John L. Hoblick on Algae Blooms in South Florida
July 15, 2016

Farmers and ranchers make a living from the soil. Farm families work every day to ensure the protection of our land our water.

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Millennials Get the Dirt on Farming
July 14, 2016

Iowa farmer Chris Soules will welcome attendees and share his story of agriculture and how to make a difference in telling the story of today's farmer.

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The Paranoid Style and the Algae Problem
July 12, 2016

Columbia University scholar Richard Hofstader once described a type of polarizing rhetoric that emerges from time to time in the public life of our society. He characterized the phenomenon as the “paranoid style in American politics.”

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FoodKeeper App Reduces Waste and Saves Money
July 6, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its popular FoodKeeper application.

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Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced
July 6, 2016

Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2016 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Orlando.

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Nobel Laureates Emphasize the Safety of GE Foods
June 30, 2016

Consumers must understand that attacks made against genetically engineered foods are dishonest manipulations and ignore decades of scientific research.

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Data Show U.S. Food Supply is Safest in the World
June 28, 2016

Laboratory testing of foods in the general U.S. diet has once again shown that the current “system of checks and balances provides Americans with the safest food supply in the world.”

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Riding the Path to Safety
June 23, 2016

By definition, farmers and ranchers spend a lot of time off-road as part of their job. Driving a utility vehicle (UTV), like the Polaris RANGER®, can be a great way to leave the blacktop and all its constraints behind.

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Tobacco Funds College Tuition
June 21, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau is offering up to $2,000 per student in tobacco scholarships for qualified applicants who attend post-secondary institutions.

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Visitors Can Enjoy More Access to National Forests
June 21, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service will make it easier for outfitters, guides, schools, non-profit organizations and other partners to take groups out to enjoy outdoor activities on national forests and grasslands.

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UF Joins Call for Federal Support of Agricultural Research
June 16, 2016

The University of Florida and 12 other prominent research institutions in the United States have joined together in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science.

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Miami-Dade County Man Named Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo’s Florida Farmer of the Year
June, 6 2016

Gainesville, Fla. – A Homestead tomato producer and packer has received a prestigious honor for his business success and his contributions to his community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Paul J. DiMare as Florida’s top farmer for 2016.

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Agricultural Win for Farmers and Ranchers
June 1, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling yesterday, that jurisdictional determinations issued by the U.S. Corps of Engineers as final agency actions are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Report: FDA Enhances Imported Food Inspections, But More Must Be Done
May 31, 2016

A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office recommends that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration take steps to improve its inspections of imported food.

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Gov. Scott Signs Agritourism Bill at Central Florida Farm
May 24, 2016

The Clarksons welcomed Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and four legislative leaders for a ceremonial signing of the agritourism bill passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2016 session.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 15 – 21
May 18, 2016

Floridians know all too well the havoc hurricanes bring to our state. The best protection against a tropical storm is preparedness.

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Discovery Offers Plant Growth Alternative to Genetic Engineering
May 17, 2016

An elite research team has identified the internal pathway by which a maize plant regulates its own growth and productivity.

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National Business Competition Open to Farm Bureau Members
May 3, 2016

Would you like to receive $30,000 to help your food, fiber or fuel business?

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Florida Farm Bureau Names 2016 Legislative Leaders
April 28, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau has announced its recognition of a select group of legislative leaders who played a critical role in the success of Florida agriculture during the 2016 legislative session.

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Earth Day is Every Day on the Farm
April 22, 2016

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. Some communities celebrate Earth Week or Earth Month by organizing environmental activities to help bring awareness to the importance of a clean environment, to protect the earth and secure a sustainable future. No group however, observes Earth Day as often as farmers and ranchers.

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Women Recognized for Contributions to Their Local Communities
Apr. 7, 2016

Florida women representing 24 county Farm Bureaus received the Women’s Activity Award on March 31 at the 2016 Florida Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Conference, March 31-April 2 at the Boca Raton Marriott.

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Precise Crops, Precise Tillage and Case IH
Apr. 5, 2016

Spring is time to start getting fields ready for planting. Case IH® has an array of tillage equipment to help farmers and ranchers more-precisely prepare each field to individual needs.

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AFB Foundation Grants for Middle Schools and High Schools
Apr. 1, 2016

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is soliciting applications from ten schools for the 2016 My American Farm Outreach Grant Program.

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New App in Season
March 17, 2016

Do you want to know if it’s the right time of year to plant a vegetable? Want to buy Florida produce but you don’t know whether it’s in season?

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National Ag Day
March 15, 2016

Today’s farmer must feed 155 people as compared to 73 people in 1970. Tomorrow’s farmer must feed more than double that number and produce more food, fuel and fiber on less land.

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Serving Fruits and Vegetables on a Budget
March 7, 2016

In new report the USDA’s Economic Research Service finds that a family of four can provide household members with an adequate dietary requirement of fruits and vegetables on a modest budget.

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Ag Safety Week is March 6-12
Feb. 29, 2016

Safety is always a top priority among farmers and ranchers. To recognize the importance of safety in agriculture, March 6-12 has been designated Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week.

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Scholarships Available for Women’s Leadership Conference
Feb. 24, 2016

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $2,000 in scholarships for members to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in Boca Raton March 31-April 2.

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Managing Mosquitoes Carrying the Zika Virus
Feb. 22, 2016

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have offered residents advice for managing mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

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Sweet Savings for Agriculture during Chevy Truck Month
Feb. 16, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau members in the market for a new truck this month can stack multiple discounts.

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Farm Families Celebrate Food Abundance This Week
Feb. 15, 2016

Today marks the start of Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 15-20. Farm Bureau members throughout the state will celebrate the abundant, nutritious food supply for all Floridians this week.

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Banquet Salutes Agricultural Leaders
Feb. 11, 2016

Many individuals have contributed to the success of Florida agriculture. Four of them were recognized at the 2016 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet.

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Heavy Rain Damage Drives Up Veggie Prices
Feb. 2, 2016

Unusually heavy rainfall has caused severe losses to winter vegetable crops in Florida’s southern counties. As a result, consumers will be seeing extremely high prices for these foods in grocery stores.

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Prescribed Fire Awareness Week
Jan. 26, 2016

The Florida Cabinet has designated Jan. 24-Jan. 30 as Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.

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2016 Agriculture Literacy Day Set
Jan. 22, 2016

Young people will have a special opportunity to learn more about agriculture in our state this spring. Florida’s Agriculture in the Classroom Agriculture Literacy Day is set for Tuesday, April 26.

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Grassroots Event Highlights Contributions of Family Farms
Jan. 21, 2016

Florida Farm Bureau members from across the state will meet with legislators during Florida Farm Bureau’s annual Legislative Days in Tallahassee, February 2-3.

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President Hoblick on Passage of Water Policy Bill
Jan. 15, 2016

“Today is a momentous day for the future of Florida with the passage of a landmark water policy bill by the Florida Legislature,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick.

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Florida Farm Bureau Program Captures National Award
Jan. 13, 2016

Model educational and certification program for high school students has earned national acclaim.

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Forecast: Food Price Increases Will Be Moderate in 2016
Jan. 6, 2016

This prediction is based upon normal weather and production conditions. Since 1995 the retail cost of food items in this country has increased by an average of 2.6 percent annually.

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On-Line Library Offers Teachers Resources, Activities
Jan. 5, 2016

Classroom teachers have access to a large, free compendium that integrates agriculture within the basic curriculum for each grade level.

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Orlando Food Bank to Host Tasty Benefit
Dec. 23, 2015

Want to try some delicious Florida-grown foods while helping area citizens in need? Then reserve your seat now for Chef's Night at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Jan. 8.

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EPA Found to Have Violated Federal Law
Dec. 24, 2015

In an opinion issued on Dec. 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials have violated anti-lobbying provisions of acts passed by Congress.

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Grocery Group: GMO Crops Cut Food Costs up to 30 Percent
Dec. 16, 2015

U.S. consumers save money because of the use of genetically engineered crops, according to a grocery trade organization’s survey.

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Clay County Woman is Florida Farm Bureau’s Volunteer Communicator of the Year
Nov. 5, 2015

Gainesville, Fla. – Kelly Mosley’s work at promoting better understanding of contemporary agriculture has earned her a statewide honor. She is the recipient of Florida Farm Bureau’s 2015 Volunteer Communicator of the Year Award.

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Ripple Effect
Nov. 4, 2015

Florida is the third largest state in the nation with a population of nearly 20 million. Water issues will remain in the forefront now and well into the 2016 legislative session.

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Foreign Invaders In Florida: Episodes Rival Science Fiction Tales
Nov. 4, 2015

Global trade and transportation networks sometimes ferry unwanted hitchhikers to Florida communities.

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Farm Bureau Recognizes Polk County Woman with its Highest Award
Nov. 5, 2015

Anne Dickinson, a Frostproof citrus and cattle producer, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau. The award recognizes a Farm Bureau member who has made outstanding contributions to the Farm Bureau organization as well as Florida agriculture.

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Farmers Earn Statewide Conservation Award
Oct. 30, 2015

Three Florida farmers will receive a prestigious statewide award for their outstanding conservation of natural resources at the 2015 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Award recipients include Wes Carlton of Fort Pierce, Dennis Carlton of Tampa and Randall Dasher of McAlpin.

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Madison County Journalist Earns Statewide Award
Oct. 30, 2015

Emerald Greene Parsons, the publisher of four north Florida newspapers, has received Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Newsperson of the Year Award. She accepted the honor during an Oct. 29 session at Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Local Teen Wins Statewide Speech Competition
Oct. 30, 2015

Victoria Pinedo of Osceola County delivered the winning speech on Oct. 29 during the 2015 Youth Speech Contest at the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Pinedo received $500 for her first place presentation.

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Forty-Year Veteran Honored for Lifetime Farm Bureau Service Award
Oct. 30, 2015

Dan Buchanan of Madison County received the Pat Cockrell Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 28 for his lifelong dedication to serving agriculture and Florida Farm Bureau.

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Delegates Re-elect Florida Farm Bureau President
Oct. 30, 2015

Delegates at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2015 Annual Meeting re-elected Volusia County fern grower John Hoblick to his sixth consecutive term as president of the organization. First elected as Florida Farm Bureau president in 2006, Hoblick will begin his new two-year term in December.

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Hendry/Glades Farm Bureau Agent Earns Statewide Teamwork Award
Oct. 30, 2015

A Hendry/Glades County Farm Bureau insurance agent has won statewide recognition for her cooperative work within the overall organization and her positive contributions to member service.

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Young Rancher Excels Statewide
Oct. 30, 2015

Christian Spinosa of Polk County was named the winner of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. This competition is open to farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from an owned farm operation.

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Alachua County Farmer Wins Coveted Statewide Honor
Oct. 30, 2015

Florida Farm Bureau has presented Trevor Bass with its 2015 Achievement in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes his skill at farm production, development of the enterprise and service to Farm Bureau and the local community.

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Legislators Receive Top Honors for Agricultural Advocacy
Oct. 30, 2015

State Sen. Kelli Stargel and state Rep. Katie Edwards were named the 2015 Florida Farm Bureau Legislators of the Year on Oct. 29 at the organization’s 2015 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Statewide Meeting Welcomes Lawmakers
Oct. 14, 2015

The Florida Farm Bureau will welcome and honor various state legislators in Ponte Vedra Beach at its 74th Annual Meeting, Oct. 28-30 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort.

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Three Finalists Compete for Farm Bureau Leadership and Service Honor
Sept. 15, 2015

Three finalists will compete for the 2015 Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Excellence in Agriculture Award this October.

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A Day at the Market
Sept. 16, 2015

It’s early Saturday morning. The downtown streets of Sarasota are rich in culture and fragranced with fresh smelling fruits and vegetables. A doctor just off the night shift is shopping for a few veggies to cook with his evening meal.

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Florida Residents Endorse Farmers’ Water Conservation
Sept. 14, 2015

A new survey indicates that seven out of every 10 Floridians strongly agree or agree that farmers conserve water, protect the natural environment and preserve greenspace.

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Ground Truth
Sept. 14, 2015

St. Lucie County citrus grower Brant Schirard describes a recent work day. (excerpt from FloridAgriculture magazine)

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The Power of Peanuts
Sept. 14, 2015

What could be more commonplace than a peanut butter sandwich or a bag of peanuts at the ball park? If you live in the southern U.S., boiled peanuts are also readily at hand. (Excerpt from FloridAgriculture magazine)

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Delicious Recipes with Florida-Grown Foods
Sept. 9, 2015

Does a Florida blue crab nacho or a beef and sweet pepper skewer appeal to your taste buds?

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Florida Residents Endorse Farmers’ Water Conservation
Sept. 9, 2015
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Firefighting Duties Reduce Preventive Action by Forest Service
Aug. 28, 2015

A report by the U.S. Forest Service indicates that more than 50 percent of the agency’s annual budget is now devoted to fighting fires.

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Be Ready for Emergencies During Hurricane Season
Aug. 27, 2015

State officials urge Floridians to be prepared for damaging weather during the primary Atlantic hurricane season.

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Grant Money for Florida Teachers
Aug. 25, 2015

Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow their project budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture.

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Florida Farm Bureau Honors Legislators for Their Leadership
Aug. 18, 2015

Florida Farm Bureau has expressed special appreciation for a select group of state legislators. The organization is recognizing these leaders with the Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture awards.

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Everglades Farmers Receive Standing Ovation
Aug. 14, 2015

Like their peers in other regions of the state, Everglades Agricultural Area farmers conserve and protect water resources every day.

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Reducing Risk on the Road
Aug. 12, 2015

National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. ​ To highlight good driving techniques, Florida Farm Bureau has been featuring articles that focus on ways we can all be safer at work and at home.

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Memoranda Reveal Flaws in EPA’s Water Rule
Aug. 10, 2015

Internal memoranda released in July show that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] officials have failed in their efforts to rewrite the Clean Water Act.

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National Farmers Market Week
Aug. 5, 2015

This year marks the 16th Annual National Farmers Market Week, an occasion to honor the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

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Loans and Grants Available for Rural Small Business
Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has supported small rural enterprise with loans and grants worth $18 million since 2008

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Final Four Discussion Meet Finalists Announced
July 27, 2015

The 2015 Preliminary and Semi-Final Discussion Meet rounds were held at the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Naples last weekend, July 17-19.

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Beating Mother Nature: How to Produce High-Quality Hay
July 27, 2015

Producing high-quality hay is a tough task. The biggest factor – Mother Nature – is out of farmers’ hands.

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Summer Sun Safety
July 20, 2015

Florida summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging in the 90s. While the beaming sun brightens vacations, it can also bring an unwanted sunburn and heat stroke.

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Florida Agriculture Wins Consumers Around the World
July 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add a body weight planner to its online resources to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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Science-based technology empowers people to eat healthy
July 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add a body weight planner to its online resources to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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USDA: Most Farmers Invest in Conservation
July 20, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that more than 98 percent of farmers and ranchers across the nation have implemented verified natural resource conservation strategies.

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Young farmers prepare to speak out for farm families
July 20, 2015

Florida Farm Bureau will hold its state Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, themed “Agriculture in Paradise,” at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, July 17-19.

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Statement by Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick Regarding Tax Relief for Florida’s Farmers and Ranchers
July 2, 2015

“Today, the Florida Legislature passed a broad tax relief package that included several provisions that will put $13 million dollars back into the hands of Florida’s farms and ranches.

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Reducing Risk on the Road
July 2, 2015

National Safety Month, observed annually in June, focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

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Consumers May Find Disruptions in Egg Supply
July 2, 2015

An outbreak of avian influenza in Midwestern and Western states will likely reduce the availability of eggs for the next 12 months.

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New Agricultural Sales Tax Exemptions Go Into Effect Today
July 2, 2015

With the dawning of the new fiscal year on July 1, Florida’s farmers and ranchers can take advantage of one of Farm Bureau’s legislative victories from the 2015 legislative session.

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Suwannee River Basin CARES Recognition Set For June 26
June 19, 2015

On Thursday, June 26, thirteen farm families in the Suwannee River Basin will receive a coveted statewide award for their outstanding achievements in preserving land and water resources.

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Safe to Operate: Tractor Safety Checklist
June 15, 2015

Accident prevention must be a top priority on farms today, especially when operating machinery like farm tractors.

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Most U.S. Households Are Food Secure
June 15, 2015

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, most residents in this nation enjoy a diet that supports active, healthy living.

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Summer Meal Program for Children
June 12, 2015

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has announced the start of a summertime initiative to promote good health among the state’s children.

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Ag Finalists Achieve Sustainability and Leadership
June 9, 2015

Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2015 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

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Citrus Grower is a Business and Community Leader
June 8, 2015

Citrus grower Vic Story, Jr. has been recognized for his dedication to growing the Sunshine State’s iconic agricultural product as well as his community service with the prestigious title of the 2015 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Florida Farmer of the Year.

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Young People Can Win Cooking Prizes
June 8, 2015

Attention all young chefs. A new statewide competition is serving up gift card prizes.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting entries for the 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off.

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Floridians
June 1, 2015

It’s that time of the year again. June marks the beginning of hurricane season.

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Ride into Summer with Polaris Savings
May 29, 2015

Florida Farm Bureau members can earn rebates of up to $1,400 on select new 2014 and 2015 Polaris off-road vehicles.

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Help Prevent the Introduction of Ag Pests
May 29, 2015

Travelers and residents alike are reminded not to introduce agricultural pests when traveling to Florida this summer.

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The GMO Conversation
May 27, 2015

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a major discussion topic in today’s conversations. They are grown, imported and used in field trials in 70 countries.

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Keep On Truckin’ With Farm Bureau Chevy Deal
May 26, 2015

In addition to a $500 discount and other incentives offered to Farm Bureau members, Chevrolet has introduced a new package with its Silverado truck. Members who purchase the truck will also receive one year of SiriusXM Radio service.

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Consumers Can Enjoy More Watermelon This Season
May 22, 2015

Early reports indicate that Florida watermelon growers will have ample volumes of the fruit this year. The harvest season is here, so look for the nutritious treat at your local grocery store.

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Cook, Store Food with Care in the Summer
May 22, 2015

Due to a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. To help you and your family stay healthy and safe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the following food safety recommendations.

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Scholarships Available for Agricultural Leadership Conference
May 21, 2015

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is providing $4,000 in scholarships for young agriculturists to attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference July 17-19 in Naples.

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Lab Analysis: U.S. Food Supply Is Safest in the World
May 15, 2015

A report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that consumers in this country should have high confidence in the quality of fruits and vegetables they purchase at the grocery store.

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Suwannee River Farmers Recognized for CARE-ing
May 12, 2015

Fourteen agriculturists were recognized for their exceptional natural resource conservation with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award at the 15th annual Suwannee River Partnership recognition dinner on May 7 at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center.

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Local Farmers Head to Capitol Hill
May 11, 2015

Area farmers and ranchers will speak up for their livelihoods when they visit with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. this week.

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Farmers Recognized for Caring for our Land This Week
May 6, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, fourteen farm families in the Suwannee River Basin will receive a coveted statewide award for their outstanding achievements in preserving land and water resources.

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Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Pests
May 6, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture asks the public to help prevent the spread of invasive pests. These pests cost our nation an estimated $120 billion each year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species.

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Agricultural Research Supports Consumers and the Economy
April 30, 2015
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Help Bees Feed You
April 29, 2015

Honey bees are important to agriculture and you. They pollinate many of our favorite foods. But often, bees are not able to find enough food for themselves.

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Experts: Avian Influenza Poses No Threat to U.S. Food Supply
April 23, 2015

Federal officials say that a recent outbreak of avian influenza in limited areas of the U.S. poses a low health risk to people.

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Florida Farmers Make Every Day an Earth Day
April 20, 2015

Farm families are keenly aware of the need to conserve natural resources. They put that awareness into practical action every day.

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Protect Your Property from Wildfire
April 7, 2015

The Florida Forest Service has designated April 5 through 11 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

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A New Control for Yellowjackets
March 30, 2015

A newly developed trap efficiently lures yellowjackets and other stinging pests to their doom, thanks to attractants developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture scient

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Celebrating Florida Agriculture at State Capitol
March 25, 2015

More than 500 farmers and ranchers visited Tallahassee earlier this week to meet state lawmakers and discuss public policy issues that affect Florida farmers and their livelihoods.

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It’s Time to Advocate for Agriculture
March 4, 2015

More than 120 Florida women will gather in Destin this week to learn how to become better advocates for the farmers and ranchers who grow the food that is served on American dinner tables.

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Florida’s Young Farmers Earn National Praise for Food Donations
Feb. 25, 2015
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Florida Farm and Ranch Families Win the Gold Again
Feb. 24, 2015

Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers received top honors for donating 16.9 million pounds of fresh produce and food to assist hungry Americans as part of American Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” food donation competition.

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Florida Young Farmers & Ranchers will Travel to Nashville
Feb. 13, 2015
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Citrus Research Funding Linked to Jobs, Florida’s Economy
Feb. 10, 2015
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Police Action Alone Will Not Solve Farm Labor Need
Feb. 10, 2015

Consumers will share a new burden if Congress adopts immigration reform that only targets enforcement. A recently issued report indicates that such an approach will hike food prices up to six percent.

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Prescribed Burning Conserves Resources, Reduces Wildfire
Jan. 29, 2015
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Florida Farm Bureau Leader Offers Support for Commissioner Putnam’s Water Policy Statement
Jan. 22, 2015
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Florida Farmers and Ranchers Named to National Panels
Jan. 8, 2015
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Food Prices Should Moderate in 2015
Jan. 5, 2015
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Freshly-Cut Christmas Trees Are Prized for the Holidays, but Require Attention
Dec. 11, 2014
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Santa Visits Lee County Farm Bureau Member Early
Dec. 5, 2014

Who says Santa Claus can’t arrive before Dec. 25?

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Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders Selected
Dec. 3, 2014

Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.

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Win a $150 Gift Card in FFBF Survey
Nov. 14, 2014

As part of a website redesign project, Florida Farm Bureau Federation is conducting a survey. By completing this short survey you will help us to serve you better in the future.

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Giving Thanks During Farm-City Week
Nov. 13, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.– Farm-City Week is Nov. 21-27 and celebrates the beneficial partnerships between rural and urban communities. Farmers produce the quality food and fiber for everyone to enjoy.

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Young Rancher Excels Statewide
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. –Kelvin Moreno of Dade County was named the winner of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition.

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Discussion Meet Winner Announced
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.– Keiko Osumi of Alachua County was named the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet winner at Florida Farm Bureau’s 73rd Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Young Rancher Recognized Statewide
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. –Third -generation plant producer Corey Lambert of Hardee County received the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 30.

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Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest Winner Named
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. –At the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Youth Speech Contest finals on Oct. 30, Stephen Singleton of Putnam/St. Johns County County took top honors, as judges selected him over six other competitors. Singleton received a plaque and $500.

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Farm Bureau Recognizes Putnam County Man with its Highest Award
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – Teddy Siehler, a Pomona Park beef cattle producer, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau.

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Sumter County Man Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Statewide Organization
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – Ray Crawford of Sumter County was named the 2014 Pat Cockrell Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his exemplary, long-term service to Florida Farm Bureau.

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Local Farm Bureau Agent Earns Statewide Teamwork Award
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. - A Pasco County Farm Bureau insurance agent has won statewide recognition for his ability to work well with other business people and his participation in community service.

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St. Lucie County Man Is Returned to Statewide Farm Bureau Leadership Post
Nov. 4, 2014

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – Delegates at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting have unanimously re-elected St. Lucie County citrus grower Brant Schirard as vice president of the organization.

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Legislators Receive Top Honors for Agricultural Advocacy
Nov. 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. –State Sen. Bill Montford and State Rep. Jake Raburn were named the 2014 Florida Farm Bureau Legislators of the Year on Oct. 30 at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Innovative Technique Announced for Citrus Greening, Mosquito Control
Oct. 30, 2014

A new discovery may lead to the creation of effective, new weapons for use against destructive insects.

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Members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation Honored for Speaking up for Agriculture
Oct. 15, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.– Florida Farm Bureau honors members of the 113th Congress for their dedication and commitment in support of agriculture and Farm Bureau policy with the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award.

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Statewide Meeting Will Celebrate Farm Bureau Volunteers
Oct. 15, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. –More than 400 Florida Farm Bureau members will gather in Ponte Vedra Beach, Oct. 29-31, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort to reflect on the success and challenges of Florida agriculture during the past year at the 73rd annual meeting.

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Florida Soils Effectively Store Carbon, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Oct. 1, 2014

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have determined that soils in the Sunshine State store more carbon than acreage anywhere else in the continental U.S. Carbon stored in soils slows greenhouse gas emissions, a process under study in investigations of global temperature trends.

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Safety on the Farm
Sept. 24, 2014

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) in Peosta has recognized Sept. 21-27 as National Farm Safety and Health Week.

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Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders Selected
Aug. 29, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.– Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.

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Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced
Aug. 28, 2014

Gainesville–Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau's 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

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Contest Promotes Agriculture and Builds Confidence
Aug. 28, 2014
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Professional Journalists Sought
Aug. 28, 2014
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New GM Discount to Florida Farm Bureau Members
Aug. 25, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – Members of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation can receive a $500 General Motors discount on each qualifying new Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle they purchase or lease.

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Report: Parents Will Spend More Than $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013
Aug. 19, 2014
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Grant Money is Available for Florida Teachers
Aug. 12, 2014
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Nominate Your Candidate as the Woman of the Year in Agriculture
July 29, 2014

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.

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Consumer Prices Show Effects of Citrus Greening
July 23, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials report that a decline in citrus production has pushed a spike in retail fresh fruit prices. U.S. consumers will be paying 6 percent more for all fresh fruit than they did a year ago.

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Adams Ranch Receives Audubon Florida’s Sustainable Rancher Award
July 7, 2014

A Ft. Pierce-based family farm operation that has maintained outstanding wildlife habitats and wetlands for decades is the recipient of a new statewide honor from Audubon Florida.

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Florida Farm Bureau Recognizes Outstanding State Lawmakers for 2014
June 20, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau, Florida’s largest statewide agricultural association, has announced its Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture.

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Study: New York State GMO Label To Cost Consumers $500 Per Year
May 16, 2014

A new study by a Cornell University researcher has determined that a proposed label for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would force New York consumers to pay $500 more for their annual family food bills.

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Laboratory Testing Program Verifies U.S. Food Safety
May 12, 2014

A new study by a Cornell University researcher has determined that a proposed label for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would force New York consumers to pay $500 more for their annual family food bills.

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Congressional Report Contains Warning About New EPA Water Rule
May 1, 2014

A report published by the Congressional Research Service points out that a proposed federal rule represents an indeterminate expansion of federal regulatory authority.

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Farm Conservation in Florida Makes Earth Day a Reality

As the first stewards of natural resources, Florida’s farm families make every day their Earth Day. They live and work on the land with the goal of transferring a tradition of food and fiber production to future generations.

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Consumer Food Prices Remain At Predicted Levels
April 4, 2014

According to a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average retail price of food increased by a modest 1.4 percent during the past year. This figure compares favorably with the overall cost of consumer items since early 2013.

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Women recognized for speaking up about agriculture
March 6, 2014

Gainesville, Fla.–Florida women representing 28 county Farm Bureaus received the Women’s Activity Award at the Florida Farm Bureau’s State Women's Leadership Conference, Feb. 28, at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.

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New website spotlights farmers for protecting the environment
March 4, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – The Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) will launch a newly designed website, thisfarmcares.org, to recognize farmers throughout Florida who practice environmental stewardship.

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A New Farm Bill Will Support An Improved Diet For Poor Families
Feb. 4, 2014

Farm Bureau members are urging the Congress to adopt a new farm bill soon. The legislation will not only help create stability for agricultural producers, it will also provide health-sustaining foods for poor families throughout the nation.

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Statement by Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick Regarding the Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill
Feb. 4, 2014

“Today’s adoption of the 2014 farm bill is a victory for consumers as well as for agricultural producers throughout our nation. The predictability the legislation offers farmers and ranchers gives assurance that the abundant food supply we enjoy in our society will be maintained for everyone.”

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Florida Farm Bureau Earns Top National Honor
Jan. 13, 2014

Gainesville, Fla. – For the second year in a row, Florida Farm Bureau has received a coveted national award for its programs and operations.

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Coloring Contest is Now Open to Young People
Jan. 3, 2014

Children who have a gift for coloring or who enjoy art projects have the opportunity to participate in a statewide competition.

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USDA Predicts Moderate Food Price Increases in 2014
Dec. 30, 2013

According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, consumer food prices should increase at their 20-year historical average of 2.8 percent during the next 12 months.

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Farm-City Week Gift Card Winner Announced
Dec. 18, 2013

A Branford woman has won a special present for her household during this holiday season.

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State Officials Report Economic Improvement in Florida
Dec. 11, 2013

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced that unemployment in the state has declined from 11.4 percent in 2010 to 6.7 percent in October, 2013.

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You Can Win a $150 Gift Card During Farm-City Week
Nov. 18, 2013

In the spirit of sharing our society's food abundance, Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering a $150 Publix gift card to a lucky winner during the 2013 Farm-City Week.

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Farm-City Week Celebrates Food Abundance, Mutually Beneficial Relationships
Nov. 14, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Most consumers in the U.S. enjoy a bountiful, nutritious food supply. This abundance is made possible by the working relationships between farm families and city residents.

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Highlights of the 2013 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Nov. 14, 2013

Delegates at Florida Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting unanimously re-elected John Hoblick as the organization’s president.

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Highlights of the 2013 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Nov. 4, 2013

Orange County nurseryman Mark Byrd was re-elected as the state Farm Bureau board secretary. Rod Land, a Lafayette County dairyman, was re-elected as the board treasurer.

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Award-winning Area Farms Conserve Natural Resources
Nov. 1. 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Three central Florida farm operations have earned a prestigious statewide award for natural resource conservation. The award announcement was made at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 25.

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Dade Editor Receives Top Statewide Journalism Award
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Mike Dill, editor of the South Dade News-Leader, has been selected as Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Newsperson of the Year.

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Sen. Simpson is Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – State Sen. Wilton Simpson has received a top honor for his work on behalf of private enterprise and natural resource conservation in Florida. He received Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year award on Oct. 24 at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Rep. Raschein is Named Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – State Rep. Holly Raschein of Key Largo has received a top honor for her work on behalf of private enterprise in Florida.

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Union County Resident’s Leadership Skills Win Her First Place in State Competition
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Amanda James of Union County captured top honors in Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Discussion Meet. Her victory was based upon outstanding skills as a group leader, a public speaker and a willingness to work cooperatively with peers.

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Homestead Farm Bureau Agent Earns Teamwork Award
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. - A local Farm Bureau insurance agent has received statewide recognition for his ability to work well with other business people and his participation in community service.

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Florida Farm Bureau bestows highest honor on Clay County man
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Thomas Jesse Godbold, Sr., received Florida Farm Bureau’s highest honor at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Florida Farm Bureau Youth Speech Contest Winner Provides a Historical Perspective
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – At the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Youth Speech Contest finals on Oct. 24, Bridget Sullivan of University High School in Orange County took top honors, as judges selected her over seven other competitors.

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Young Agriculturalists Recognized at Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Nick and Kiley Larsen of Western Palm Beach County were named the winners of Florida Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition.

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Local dairy farmers receive top state award
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Dairy farmers Jacob and Danielle Larson of Okeechobee County received the 2013 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 23.

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Florida Farm Bureau Earns National Awards
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has received top marks for its achievements during the past year. The statewide organization won the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2013 State Awards of Excellence in all six categories of operations evaluated.

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Florida Farm Bureau Chief Executive is Re-elected
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – John Hoblick, a Volusia County fern grower, was re-elected to a two-year term as president of Florida Farm Bureau on Oct 25.

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Florida Farm Bureau Earns National Awards
Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has received top marks for its achievements during the past year. The statewide organization won the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2013 State Awards of Excellence in all six categories of operations evaluated.

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Belle Glade man named state’s top crop advisor
Oct. 17, 2013

Gainesville, Fla.---An expert in crop production in the Everglades Agricultural Area has been recognized for his work with a statewide honor. James M. Shine of Belle Glade will receive the 2013 Excellence in Crop Advising Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 24.

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CDC Report: Human Abuse, Not Food Animal Doses, Leads to Antibiotic Resistance
Oct. 17, 2013

A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies overuse in humans as the principal cause of antibiotic resistant disease. According to the report’s authors, “up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.”

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Farm Bureau Figures Prominently With Ag Hall of Fame Inductees
Oct. 7, 2013

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame will induct four new honorees in February. Two of the award recipients have been associated with Farm Bureau for many decades.

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Florida Will Stand in the Limelight at the Sunbelt Ag Expo
Sept. 24, 2013

Visitors at this year’s Sunbelt Ag Expo can expect to learn a lot about Florida agriculture. The Sunshine State will be spotlighted at the event, scheduled for Oct. 15-17 in Moultrie, Ga.

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Working Together for Safety in Agriculture
Sept. 17, 2013

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) has recognized Sept. 15-21 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This week is used to promote awareness of safety and health practices on farms and ranches across the U.S. as producers enter the harvest season. The 2013 theme is “Working Together for Safety in Agriculture.”

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Health Care Law Set to Affect Many Florida Farmers and Ranchers
Sept. 13, 2013

A new federal requirement will soon add to the obligations of business. Confusion over procedural details makes compliance a potential challenge.

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Excellence in Agriculture Finalists Announced
Sept. 10, 2013

Gainesville – Three finalists have been selected to compete for Florida Farm Bureau's 2013 Excellence in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide hono

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Immigration Reform is a Critical Issue for Florida
Aug. 29, 2013

According to a recently issued federal report, Florida’s economy will substantially benefit from immigration reform. Improvements in immigration policy will also reconfirm our nation’s commitment to providing opportunity for everyone.

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Agriculture and Related Enterprises Generate $104 Billion for Florida
Jul. 18, 2013

Farm production and natural resource businesses in Florida generate an annual economic impact of $104 billion. This contribution includes the employment of nearly two million people in full and part-time positions, or 20 percent of all jobs in the state.

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Report: Floridians Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables for Good Health
Jul. 10, 2013

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), a large number of Floridians can take an important step to improve their overall health simply by changing their dietary habits.

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Florida Farm Bureau names 2013 Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture
June 28, 2013

Gainesville – Florida Farm Bureau today announced its Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture honorees.

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WFSU-FM interviews President Hoblick
June 27, 2013

Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick recently sat down for an interview with Lynn Hatter of WFSU-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Tallahassee, for a 30 minute interview.

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Private property rights win big in permit case
June 27, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an Orange County family after a 20 year pursuit of a land use permit application.

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Florida farm leader regrets House farm bill stumble
June 24, 2013

Gainesville – Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick expressed the sentiments of farmers and ranchers across the state in lamenting the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a new farm bill.

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Florida Farm Bureau to lead partnership for a new FFA state headquarters
June 19, 2013

Orlando – Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick has announced that the statewide organization will lead a bold partnership to build a new headquarters for the Florida FFA Association.

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Florida Farmer of the Year gives back to his community
June 6, 2013

Gainesville – John Scott Long, a Palm City man, has been named the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Florida Farmer of the Year. The award recognizes Long’s success as an agricultural producer and as a contributor to his local community.

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UN report: agricultural investment is the key to public health, resource conservation
May 30, 2013

According to a 2012 United Nations report, nearly 870 million people worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, or one out of every eight. Investments in agriculture will be critical in the effort to relieve this public health crisis.

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Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick’s statement on Gov. Scott’s signing of the Florida Families First Budget
May 21, 2013

Today, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a budget that allows Florida’s agricultural industry to remain a driving force in the state. The Florida Families First budget makes new investments in Florida’s agricultural industry, including additional funds for the Fresh from Florida program, Everglades restoration and Citrus greening research.

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Poll: public rejects price hikes for environmental benefits
April 23, 2013

A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive has found that only seven percent of the nation’s adults would be willing to pay a lot more for products and services identified as ecologically beneficial or “green.” Only 30 percent would be willing to pay just slightly more.

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Earth Day is every day on the farm
April 15, 2013

Gainesville – Although April 22 is designated generally as Earth Day, it is observed by farm families every day.

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Register Now for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day
March 27, 2013

The tenth annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., invites Florida agricultural producers and other volunteers to read its newest storybook, Florida’s Farm History, to elementary school children to help students understand agriculture. The book helps celebrate 500 years of Florida Agriculture History.

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2013 FDACS Environmental Leadership Award
March 26, 2013

Commissioner Putnam is now accepting applications for the 2013 Commissioner’s Ag-Environmental Leadership Award. The Agricultural Environmental Leadership Awards Program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, was created in 1994.

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UF students to sponsor Third Annual AgFacts Day
March 5, 2013

A group of University of Florida students will once again join their peers at various other universities across the nation to help educate non-farmers about contemporary agriculture. The students will sponsor the Third Annual AgFacts Day on March 19.

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Florida Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Day with legislative reception
March 4, 2013

Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Annual Legislative Days will be held March 18 and 19. Activities will kick-off with a briefing dinner for Farm Bureau members on March 18 at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum.

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UF/IFAS survey finds that Floridians support agricultural water use
Feb. 19, 2013

A report of a new statewide public opinion survey reveals that the vast majority of Floridians endorse making water available for agricultural production.

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UF will sponsor sixth annual Bee College

The state’s biggest educational event for honey bee hobbyists, professionals and anyone interested in honey bees -- Bee College -- is back for a sixth year, University of Florida officials have announced.

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IRS announces late filing penalty relief for farmers, fishermen
Jan. 31, 2013

On Jan 18 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that the agency will provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file their 2012 tax returns by March 1 because of Congressional delays in enacting a new tax law.

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Local woman reaches elite ranking in national competition
Jan. 21, 2013

Gainesville – Emily Eubanks, an Alachua County beef cattle producer, was selected as a top 10 finalist in the American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture competition. An announcement of her election was made at the national organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 13.

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Local cattle ranchers among top 10 in Nashville
Jan. 18, 2013

Gainesville – Josh and Amy Farley, cattle ranchers from Green Cove Springs, represented Florida in the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award Program competition at the American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Nashville. The couple advanced to the top 10 finalist round of the competition.

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Local rancher is semi-finalist at national competition
Jan. 18, 2013

Gainesville – Kelvin Moreno of Miami-Dade County was a semi-finalist in the national Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet competition at the American Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Nashville.

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Florida Farm Bureau earns top national award
Jan. 17, 2013

Gainesville – The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented Florida Farm Bureau with the national organization’s Pinnacle Award for 2012. This honor recognizes Florida Farm Bureau as the best state Farm Bureau within its membership group.

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Ag Hall of Fame Banquet to honor inductees
Jan. 10, 2013

A group of four outstanding individuals will be added to the list of honorees at the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame on Feb. 12. The inductees represent production agriculture, research and public leadership.

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UF/IFAS receives endowment fund for citrus faculty position
Jan. 10, 2013

University of Florida and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences officials recently announced that Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo Inc., has pledged $1.5 million to endow a professorship specializing in innovative citrus research to strengthen the Florida citrus industry, the nation’s largest, The endowment, to be known as “The Tropicana Professorship for Florida Citrus Innovation,” will support teaching, research and outreach efforts dedicated to the future of the state’s citrus industry.

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