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DPI Diary April 5, 2013

April 5, 2013

A Weekly Summary of FDACS/DPI Social Media and Activities

Congratulations, Dr. Sun

Dr.SunandCommishWith the Governor and First Lady present, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam honored  Dr. Xiaoan Sun, FDACS/DPI plant pathologist, as a Volunteer of the Year for 2012. DR. Sun was awarded the honor by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). The honor was presented in Tallahassee April 3 at the Florida Chamber of Commerce International Days. Dr. Sun said, “I would like to thank our agency and you for a full support on this FAVACA citrus greening mission in Dominica and it is a great honor to be selected as one of the outstanding volunteers of the year 2012. The award is for everyone who has committed his career to DPI and our department.”

Tips of the helmet to Ponce de Leon

  • Gov. Rick Scott and the  Cabinet met in St. Augustine Tuesday to honor the 500th anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon in Florida.
  • Many of Florida’s daily newspapers published Commissioner Adam Putnam’s guest column celebrating five centuries of Florida history. Among the historical nuggets Putnam included: “Texas is known as the land of the cowboys, but Florida was the first place in the New World to have horses and cows, and the cowboys that came with them. Brought over by explorers and settlers from the Old World, we now know these animals as the original Cracker horse and Cracker cattle breeds.”

Apiary Inspection Section wins Davis Productivity Award

The FDACS/DPI Apiary Inspection section has been recognized with a 2013 Davis Productivity Award. David Westervelt, assistant chief of Apiary Inspection, and his team will receive a plaque for the program to reduce inmate recidivism by training inmates at state correctional institutions to become beekeepers. See a description of the program here.  The Prudential Financial Davis Productivity Awards is a privately initiated program that recognizes and rewards hundreds of state government employees whose work measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation. This year the program marks its 25th anniversary.

Blog Series will feature history of DPI

PrintThe agency we know today as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry began its life early in the twentieth century as the Florida Plant Board. The plant board was originally formed by the Legislature in response to an outbreak of citrus canker. Learn more when we post our next entry in our 2013 series, Five Hundred Years of Florida Flora Firsts: How Plants have shaped Florida’s History.

April is Invasive Plant Pest Disease Awareness Month

The division will support the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) during the month of April, sharing information about the threat that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s fruits, vegetables, trees, and other plants—and how the public can help prevent their spread. Keyed to the slogan Spread the Message, Not the Pests, the campaign asks the public to take seven steps: Buy local, burn local; plant carefully; do not bring or mail fruits, vegetables or plants unless they have been cleared by agricultural inspectors; cooperate with agricultural quarantine restrictions; keep it clean; lean to identify and declare agricultural items while traveling.

On the Calendar:

  • May 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, presented annually since 1994. The program spotlights the environmentally innovative farming practices of the state’s growers and ranchers. Click Here  for a nomination form and additional information.
  • Ag Literacy Day is April 30. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. is urging volunteers to register to read in classrooms to tell agriculture’s story to elementary school students.  Volunteers can register, teachers can request a reader, and books can be requested and downloaded at:  http://www.flagintheclassroom.com/agliteracyday.html.
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