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

HEADLINE NEWS

PLANT HORMONES BATTLE GREENING 

Researchers at UF/IFAS are studying the effects of a plant hormone to help battle citrus greening. Early research shows that with the hormone, fruit is maturing faster and is 20 percent heavier. Scientists have seen a 15 to 20 percent increase in fruit on treated trees.
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CLIMATE PREDICTION TOOLS FOR FARMERS

Florida’s farm families can develop strategies for producing food in advance of volatile weather patterns with tools provided by the Southeast Climate Consortium.
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http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2018/08/27/new-uf-ifas-crop-damage-assessment-system-will-speed-reporting-after-disasters/
NEW CROP-DAMAGE SYSTEM DELIVERS BETTER RESULTS
A new online assessment tool will make reporting damages and losses suffered by producers much faster. A team of UF/IFAS economists has created an online assessment form that Extension agents can use to report information after a disaster hits.
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https://www.floridafarmbureau.org/news/ag-innovation-challenge-offers-145k-for-entrepreneurs/
AG INNOVATION CHALLENGE OFFERS $145K IN STARTUP FUNDS  
Online applications are being accepted for entrepreneurs who want to showcase their ideas and business innovations in agriculture.
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IN THE COMMUNITY

MARTIN COUNTY
The Martin County Women’s Committee collected collared shirts for school uniforms for the House of Hope in Stuart. #FFBintheCommunity

FARM RAISED|FARM PROUD

Victoria Register, District 4 FFB Women's Committee

VICTORIA REGISTER, DISTRICT 4

Volusia County native Victoria Register represents District 4 on the Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Committee. She and her fiancé, Brian, currently live in Holly Hill with their three pups, Malibu, Harley and Tucker. The couple plans to marry next fall.
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AG TALK

JACK PAYNE

Just by participating in one of our research projects, Farm Bureau members recently gave the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences the highest compliment I can think of.
You trust us.
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CARES PROFILE

Carey Lightsey, CARES Recipient
Cary Lightsey received Florida Farm Bureau’s CARES designation in 2012. Lightsey utilizes Best Management Practices (BMPs) to transition 85 percent of his family’s property into conservation easements. These easements preserve local wildlife and natural resources and recharge the Florida Aquifer.
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COMMODITY CORNER

WHIP Deadline
2017 WILDFIRES AND HURRICANES INDEMNITY PROGRAM (WHIP) DEADLINE
Producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 can apply for assistance through the WHIP program starting July 16, 2018 and running to November 16, 2018. Agricultural production losses due to conditions caused by last year’s wildfires and hurricanes could qualify for assistance through the program. The program is available to eligible producers for crops, trees, bushes and vines which suffered a qualifying loss. Loss includes 1) Production losses from eligible crops 2) Inventory losses for value loss crops 3) Tree/bush/vine losses.
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PUBLIC POLICY

USDA RELEASES TRADE AID PACKAGE

In response to the flurry of retaliatory trade actions from several countries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has exercised its borrowing authority to deliver a series of assistance programs to those commodities and agricultural sectors damaged by tariffs.

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FLORIDA FARM BUREAU LOOKS AHEAD TO NOVEMBER
As we all recover from the recent primary election, it is time to turn our attention to the November general election that will see four highly contested cabinet seats, several toss-up seats in the state House and Senate and although we’re not exactly sure how many at this time, several constitutional amendments.
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2018 Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
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