DPI Diary

June 10, 2013


Division of Plant Industry

A summary of FDACS/DPI’s social media activities last week

Promoting “Don’t Pack a Pest”

The beginning of the summer travel season means FDACS/DPI and its partner agencies in the “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign must redouble efforts to educate international travelers about the dangers to agriculture and health posed by bringing agricultural products into the U.S. from other countries in luggage. Commissioner of Agriculture  Adam Putnam discusses the program on this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight.

Luggage tagThrough our social media we urged friends and followers to view and help promote the newly revised “Don’t Pack a Pest” video, which features Agricultural Detector Dog Linus (http://bit.ly/11phG6v). This video is playing on American Airlines flights, in more than 20 U.S.  international airports and cruise ports. Please retweet, like and share the link. We want Linus’s message to go viral!

We’re looking for Followers and Friends!

The easiest way to find FDACS/DPI on social media is to visit our webpage, http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/  and click on the “Follow Us on the Web” links in the upper right part of the page. Lots of timely information can be found there and we hope you will share it with your friends and followers.

Cicadas in the News


One kind of cicada that lives in Florida.

While writing a blog post about the 17-year cicadas which are causing a stir in Washington, D.C. and its environs we came across a beautiful seven-minute video documenting their 17-year life cycle. The 17-year cicadas don’t occur in Florida but a number of other types do and we introduce you so some of them on our post.

Where did those African Bees Come From?

This week our blog also recounted how the Africanized honey bee (AHB) arrived in Florida. Unlike the managed European bees we depend on for pollination and honey, the AHB, which is now known to inhabit the peninsula south of Ocala, can pose a danger to humans, pets and domestic animals.

Home at the Range . . .

On the lighter side, our blog shared a rhyme, “Home, Home at the Range,” from our friend Mary Ostluns at Brooks Tropical. Here’s the first stanza:

Oh, need to get home, so there’s no time to roam
Though those drive-thrus do tempt ‘long the way
On your cellphone is heard those discouraging words
“I’m hungry” is all they have to say.

As one might expect, the neat little parody goes on to sing the benefits kids derive from tropical fruits and vegetables. By the way, the new Fresh for Florida Kids Website. We hope this site will become food service professionals, parents, teachers, and student’s clearinghouse of information related to Child Nutrition Programs for the state of Florida.

Other postings this week:

  • steered followers to the NBCNews.com news item featuring Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam emphasizing the threat posed by citrus greening to citrus in Florida and around the globe.
  • pointed to an article from a Soloman Islands publication describing the island’s challenges in controlling the giant African land snail, a problem Florida understands all too well.
  • continued to support the giant African land snail eradication efforts in Miami-Dade County
  • announced the Lifetime show “The Balancing Act” will feature Florida vegetable grower Pero Family Farms. The show will air Tuesday,  June 11 at 7:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. CDT.



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