May 8, 2015
Out and about in Tampa, Orlando or Miami?
Selfie Opportunity Alert!
The Don’t Pack a Pest campaign is reaching out to Florida via newly posted signs in the Mall at 163rd Street in Miami, Centro Ybor in Tampa and at Lake Buena Vista and The Loop in the Orlando area. Watch for billboards and posters to appear soon in other locations around the state. In an effort to add interactivity to the signage, we’re inviting you to take a photo (make it a selfie, if you like) and post it with a comment to this post by 5 p.m. EDT Monday, May 11. Do that and we’ll send you – free with no obligation (except to NOT pack a pest, of course) — a DPAP carabiner and luggage tag. Simple and fun, no?
These Farmers CARE
Thursday, 14 farm families in the Suwannee River Basin received a coveted award for adopting Best Management Practices to preserve land and water resources. The event was held at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center in Live Oak. Created by Florida Farm Bureau Federation more than a decade ago, this program involves an alliance of more than 60 state and federal agencies, county commissions, water management districts, businesses and organizations as well as many individuals. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam presented the awards. Profiles of CARES award winners and video features highlighting their operations are posted here.
Arson Awareness Week
During National Arson Awareness Week, we posted quite a few times to remind everyone to report suspicious activity to the Florida Arson Hotline, 1-800-342-5869. You can remain anonymous and your information can result in a reward of as much as $5,000.
Stay alert for invasives. Call us.
Here is another number you might want to keep near your phone: the FDACS Helpline, 1-888-397-4517. This is the number to use if you see a suspected giant African land snail or some other plant or creature that you suspect might be invasive. Last week an alert caller who had seen one of our billboards about the giant African land snail in Miami called the hotline to report a suspect, resulting in the establishment of a new core area where our teams are concentrating eradication efforts. There are now 29 such areas in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Proud to host the Horticulture Inspection Society meeting
FDACS Hosted a meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Horticulture Inspection Society this week. See our blog post about it here.
It’s Victory in Europe Day
A Facebook post from Commissioner Putnam reminded us that this is Victory in Europe Day. We join him in expressing deep gratitude to everyone who fought to free Europe from tyranny during World War II.
“Save the Guac”still in the headlines
Worldwide media continued to reprint and follow up on the story about the potential use of detector dogs teamed with drones to detect and combat laurel wilt disease, which threatens Florida’s avocado industry. We appreciated the attention, particularly posts like this one by the Palm Beach Post http://pbpo.st/1IgonS7 that drew attention to our “Save the Guac” campaign and our website on the subject, appropriately on Cinco de Mayo.
Family Farm Day at the Florida Agriculture Museum
Here’s an event we’re passing along from the FDACS Blog: May 30 will be Family Farm Day at the Florida Agriculture Museum, located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. They promise a whole lot of fun along with some old-fashioned history lessons about our rural heritage. Family Farm Day will be held May 30 from 10 am to 4 pm. Please visit the Florida Agriculture Museum website for details.