June 20, 2014
A collection of the week’s social media posts from FDACS-DPI, our friends and followers
The Citrus Repository is open!
The big news here at the Division of Plant Industry this week was the opening of the new citrus repository at Lacrosse. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam welcomed our guests to the opening ceremonies and tour, which drew generous coverage from state and local media. The new facility, which is among the finest of its kind in the world, will significantly increase the number of disease-free varieties available to Florida’s citrus industry.
Editorial lauds citrus research provisions in new farm bill
We shared this editorial from the Tampa Tribune that praised the new farm bill’s investment in the future of our beleaguered citrus industry.
Celebrating pollinator week
Pollinator Week is a national event aimed at encouraging protection of pollinators of all sorts. We shared with our followers some posts that included terrific action shots of pollinators at work . . . like this one from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
. . . and this one from the national wildlife federation that makes the point that not all pollinators are arthropods. Bats do it, too:
Pollinator Week offers everyone an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the creatures that play such a crucial role in our supply of food and fiber. And IFAS Entomology passed on an appropriate post for the week: Seems there is a five-euro coin that features bees:
U-pick opportunities galore
Right now locally grown fruits and vegetables are abundant at farmers markets and U-pick operations around the state. Our colleagues at Fresh From Florida have a list of U-pick farms all over the state.