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February 5, 2016

How are things going at FDACS-DPI? Well . . . fair

We have been oh, so social this week.

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam hit the switch to open the Florida State Fair, and now some of our FDACS-DPI scientists and inspectors are on hand to greet you at our displays at Insect Encounters in the Ag Hall of Fame Building. Visit, and you’ll see some arthropods that are pretty, some that are scary and some that are just plain weird — and get expert explanations.

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Regardless of what cats say, Dogs Rule at pest detection

Don’t Pack a Pest program leaders joined our highly trained and very friendly agricultural detector dogs and their handlers, greeting legislators and guests at the Taste of Florida legislative reception at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Canines continue to amaze scientists with what they are capable of detecting. For example, Verde and handler, Ives Lopez, work at shipping facilities, intercepting invasive species that threaten Florida agriculture. Detector Dog Sierra and her handler Omar Garcia  work to detect giant African land snails in Miami, where FDACS is working to eradicate the giant African land snail.

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Highly trained and friendly: Detector dog Verde and her handler, Ives Lopez, left, and Omar Garcia and Sierra, right, flank admirers at the Taste of Florida reception in Tallahassee.

Don’t forget Linus

Of course, while we’re talking about detector dogs, we wouldn’t want to snub Linus, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detector dog that is the face of the Traveler’s Don’t Pack a Pest program. Don’t Pack a Pest aims to remind international travelers everywhere to declare agricultural items in their luggage. We even provide a handy, mobile-device-friendly web page where you can answer the question, “Can I Bring It?”

Have a delicious Superbowl Weekend

We wish everyone an enjoyable Superbowl weekend. May we suggest you serve up delicious treats using Fresh From Florida ingredients? Go to www.freshfromflorida.com/Recipes/ to see what’s in season and browse the wealth of recipes posted by our culinary ambassador and State of Florida Executive Chef Justin Timineri.

Oh, and by the way, thanks, Chef, for the great cuisine you provided for the Taste of Florida reception.

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