DPI Diary

October 24, 2014

A look at FDACS-DPI social media this week

Yes, giant African land snails are spooky!


Miami bus bench spurs awareness of the giant African land snail.

The giant African land snail eradication campaign is sponsoring bus benches and spots on cable television in the Miami market this month to remind residents to watch for and report giant African land snails. The ads present this scary invasive mollusk in a Halloween theme. Next week, the program will add radio spots on WIOD Radio to the campaign.

See the television ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64eCuzQPSqQ

Wait! There’s More! Tag us on Facebook from a bus bench and get a koosie!

Keep your drink cool with a koosie from the Giant African Land Snail eradication program! Tag us —


in a selfie from one of the giant African land snail bus benches in Miami-Dade and we’ll mail a koosie to you.


This koosie is a doozie.

…and this video shows our detector dogs in action

Not only do the FDACS-DPI detector dogs  find snails. Their finely tuned noses alert only to giant African land snails. See them at work in South Florida http://youtu.be/nlkAl81w6Lg

UF-IFAS program makes STEM fun for fourth graders

The Exploring Agriculture through STEM program entertained and enlilghtened fourth graders this week in Ocala. Funded through a $2,500 Florida Agriculture in the Classroom grant and hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the event showed how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) relate to agriculture. Norma Samuel, a Marion County urban horticulturist, spearheaded the program.

FDACS Celebrates National Forest Products Week

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service celebrated the benefits of Florida’s forest industry this week during National Forest Products Week.

“Florida’s forest industry produces significant economic and environmental benefits for this state,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The industry’s $16 billion economic impact supports 84,000 jobs, and forestry land management promotes healthy populations of native plants and animals.”

Florida’s 17 million forest acres provide more than 5,000 types of consumer goods that most people use on a daily basis. Read the story here.





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