April 2018 e-Newsletter

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Headline News | In the Community | FARM RAISED|FARM PROUD | Ag Talk | Commodity Corner | CARES Profile | Calendar of Events | Ag Updates

HEADLINE NEWS

WATER TROUGHS CAN SPREAD E. COLI
Cornell University researchers have reported a study that shows a link between water troughs on farms and the spread of E. coli through beef cattle.
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AGRI-SCIENCE IS OVERLOOKED IN HIGH SCHOOLS   
A new national survey indicates that just 22 percent of high school teachers incorporate agricultural science within their lesson plans.

Nearly half of the teachers report that less emphasis is placed upon agricultural science now in high school classrooms compared to 15 years ago.

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FLORIDA YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS EARN NATIONAL AWARD 
Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers have received a national honor for their aid to food insecure families. The YF&Rs donated more than 24 million pounds of food to Floridians without adequate nutrition last year. The group received the top award from the Harvest for All program at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Reno, Nevada, in February.
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SURGICAL MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY USED TO COMBAT CITRUS GREENING
Premier Citrus of Vero Beach will invest in new laser technology that could improve the delivery and effectiveness of chemicals that kill the fatal citrus greening bacteria.

If successful, the “laser ablation” technology could stabilize commercial citrus in Florida until researchers breed a citrus tree more resistant to the bacterial disease. The technology uses light to destroy cells. It is the same technique used to treat epilepsy and brain tumors in humans.

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GROWER INPUT NEEDED ON BMPs 
The UF/IFAS researchers at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center would like input from growers who have used Best Management Practices (BMPs) in 2016-17. We encourage you to take a short confidential survey on how your operation is improving water quality. For additional questions on this research project, email tara.wade@ufl.edu.  ​Use access code JFKSGG.
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IN THE COMMUNITY

Florida Rep. Rick Roth (back row, second from left) participated in the annual Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ag Day Tour.

FARM RAISED | FARM PROUD

BRENDA GAYLE LAND
Brenda Gayle Land serves as the District 2 Representative on the Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Committee. The Lafayette County native was born in the small community of Day, Florida.​
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AG TALK

JackPayne@ufl.edu 

New plant varieties give Florida farmers a fighting chance in the international market by giving them fruit that stands up to the latest disease, survives harsh weather and catches the eye of shoppers in the produce aisle.​
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COMMODITY CORNER

CARES PROFILE

Corey Lambert of Buckhorn Nursery, a 2016 CARES farmer.
2016 CARES farmer Corey Lambert utilizes BMPs such as nutrient injections in his drip irrigation system to provide precise amounts of fertilizer to each plant. He also uses computer-controlled irrigation system which operates with real-time weather data to provide timed watering.
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PUBLIC POLICY

ELECTION SEASON PUTS ADDED PRESSURE ON FEDPAC
The 2018 election season is upon us, and FedPAC will be as busy as ever this cycle. In order to keep pace, we must have a healthy stream of support from our membership. FedPAC relies solely on donations from its active membership, which is why it is so critical to register your support!

Our federal legislative efforts have already scored wins this year on securing hurricane disaster relief funding, enhancing farm safety net programs, and eliminating onerous regulations. This is due in part to ensuring we have farm-friendly members of Congress who understand the needs and challenges of Florida agriculture. A strong FedPAC will bring greater agricultural influence to 2018.

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STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
As we entered the 2018 legislative session in January, one of the main priorities of the Florida Legislature was hurricane relief, recovery and preparation for future storms. FFB helped secure a valuable tax rebate for hurricane damage.
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