December 21, 2014
The holidays are almost here, and we’re sending good wishes . . . and this summary of DPI’s social media activity this week
They’re still here!
We are reminding South Florida residents to continue to watch for giant African land snails. Here’s a shot of one of two billboards in a heavily infested core, on N.W. Second Avenue near 54th Street in Miami. Digital billboards stand out – especially at night.
Snail by the numbers
If you are following our efforts to eradicate the giant African land snail from South Florida, we provided an updated “By the Numbers” index. We are gaining on the snails, but still need the help of an aware and engaged public.
Dog Tags for Orange Trees
We marked Throwback Thursday with this vintage cartoon from the 1960s, recognizing the success of Florida’s citrus budwood program, which began in 1953 and continues to provide certified disease-free stock to the industry today. Earlier this year, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam opened the Florida Citrus Repository at LaCrosse, where new plants are raised under quarantine until they are deemed safe to release to growers. Our blog entry has more.
Support our citrus industry: Follow rules when shipping dooryard citrus
We are continuing to remind folks who want to share dooryard citrus with friends and family during the holidays of restrictions USDA and FDACS have placed on out-of-state shipping of fruit. Such fruit must first pass through a commercial packinghouse, and we have provided a list of facilities willing to process home-grown fruit. Learn more:
Urgent message to growers
As Florida’s winter vegetable season moves into full production, we passed along an urgent warning to growers from Dade County Agricultural Manager Charles LaPradd. He said there have been instances where diseases spread by insects and other pests have moved among neighboring farms. LaPradd stressed that good agricultural practices require crops and plants be promptly destroyed at the end of the harvest to avoid crating breeding grounds for pests.