August 15, 2014
A digest of social media activities by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry
Don’t Pack a Pest visibility increases
The Don’t Pack a Pest travelers program continues to reach out to international travelers with its message about transporting invasive species in luggage. This week three new billboards went up on the highway approaches to Miami, Tampa and Orlando International Airports. The boards call attention to the program’s revamped website http://DontPackaPest.com that lets travelers determine whether specific agricultural items can be carried into the U.S. in luggage. We invite everyone to check it out.
Asparagus stabs starfruit (Oh, my!)
This is not a violent crime — or a crime at all, really. Rather, it is a fanciful recipe that our friends at Brooks Tropicals offer as a way to introduce children to asparagus by having it spear an attractive slice of Florida starfruit atop a fruit salad. We think it’s fun.
These fraudsters promise but can’t deliver
Seeking a concealed carry weapons permit in Florida? The only way to get one is through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services. This week the department issued a fraud alert centered on a fraudulent website that promices concealed weapon licenses for Florida. This site is not in any way affiliated with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the only official authority to offer concealed weapon permits for the state of Florida. Do not provide this site with any personal information. Consumers that have utilized this fraudulent site are asked to notify the department at 1-800-HELP-FLA or file a complaint.
This week marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, the first of four storms that ravaged the state in 2004. Our DPI blog offered up this first-person account from a public information staffer who was present in her family’s Hardee County home as Charley peeled back the metal roof and ravaged the family’s citrus operation. http://wp.me/pVBiK-15K
Citrus industry somber, but hopeful
“Citrus industry down, but not out.” That was the way some reporters characterized the mood at this week’s Citrus Expo. Although they are suffering from citrus greening disease, growers are hopeful increased funding for greening research will save the industry.
How to license a nursery in Florida
Sometimes it’s good to mention the basics, and so this week we posted a link to our website that gives you everything you need to know about the licensing process for nurseries. Licensing is part of our mission here at FDACS Division of Plant Industry.