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November 13, 2015

Commissioner: Florida at tipping point in war against greening

Florida is at a tipping point in the war against greening, the disease that threatens the continued existence of Florida’s citrus industry. That’s what Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam told the Florida Senate Agriculture Committee at its Thursday meeting in Sebring. The industry is asking the state to invest $20 million for greening research in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Read the full story in the Lakeland Ledger here.

What’s that?

CaneHarvesterFacebook and Twitter friend Gene McAvoy posted a photo of this thing. Some sort of alien automaton? Nope. It’s actually one of U.S. Sugar’s cane harvesters. The sugar harvest got underway this week, so this machine is getting a workout. See the giant in action.

Factoids and tidbits gleaned from social media this week:

  • Our friends and neighbors at the Florida Museum of Natural History are doing a nice thing for K-12 students who have received an A for science. They can celebrate with free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins” exhibits. Just show your report card at the desk and enjoy.
  • Coinciding with Veterans Day, USA Today named the University of Florida one of the top 10 colleges for veterans. In fact, UF was rated number 5 on the list.
  • Florida growers are eying olives as a potential new crop. One reason locavores might be attracted to domestic product: a series of international scandals involving product misrepresentation of the product.
  • Thursday was Redhead Day and that fact was called to our attention by none other than Commissioner Putnam in a Facebook posting. He obviously took a personal interest. Hope you had a great day, Sir.

Don’t Pack a Pest

Linus the Dector DogThanksgiving is approaching and many of us have plans to travel. If that travel is international in nature, be sure to declare any agricultural items in your luggage. Don’t wait for an ag detector dog to discover it. You can check to see if items you plan to carry are legal by visiting http://www.dontpackapest.com on your computer or device. It’s easy

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