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December 20, 2013

Topics touched by FDACS/DPI social media this week

Remember: Don’t Pack a Pest

Luggage tagWe’re continually working to raise awareness of the need for international travelers to declare agricultural items in their luggage. WBFF FoxBaltimore provided this excellent report on the work of the Customs and Border Protection agriculture detector dogs and their handlers.

Dog detectives work on termites, too

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam talks about efforts to eliminate the invasive and destructive conehead termite from Broward County and the canny canine that has been recruited into the eradication team.

Speaking of eradication …

We remind homeowners in Miami-Dade to be on the lookout for giant African land snails over the holidays. Out teams are turning the tide against this slimy, invasive pest, but they still need public support and assistance. More HERE.

How to ship dooryard citrus safely

You CAN ship fresh dooryard citrus to friends and family … but it must pass through a certified packinghouse first. Here’s a summary of the rules aimed at protecting the citrus supply: http://wp.me/pVBiK-SZ

Positive change in store for Florida Agriculture Museum

The Daytona Beach News Journal filed a report this week indicating major changes are in the offing for the Florida Agriculture Museum.

Florida citrus could get a boost from spinach

As USDA puts up $1 million more for research into the deadly threat citrus greening poses to the Florida citrus industry, researchers are looking at incorporating spinach genes into citrus plants to protect against Huanglongbing, or citrus greening. The full story is here: http://bit.ly/1khuZSi

Cold spell means it’s time for Florida corn, potato and sausage chowder

What are your favorite Florida cold weather foods? Fresh from Florida has a host of suggestions.

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