In this Issue:
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • Alabama Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Avian Influenza
  • BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill
  • Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast
  • Dr. Cliff Lamb Accepts Position at Texas A&M University
  • US Cattle Herd still Expanding
  • Friday Feature: Autonomous (Self-Driving) Tractors
  • APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog
  • Friday Feature: The Riding Cow
  • UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge Tackles Hunger in the Panhandle
  • Ag in the News

    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/quarantine-lifted-screwworms-eradicated-from-florida-keys/

    Alabama Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Avian Influenza

    Source:  Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

    On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Alabama State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County, and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).

    During …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/alabama-poultry-flocks-test-positive-for-avian-influenza/

    BMAPs, BMPs and the New Florida Water Bill

    The 2016 Florida Water Bill authorized regulations that will affect everyone in Florida.  Farmers and ranchers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality on their lands for many years on a voluntary basis. But, for those who farm within an area with a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), things have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/bmaps-bmps-and-the-new-florida-water-bill/

    Historically Low Florida Citrus Production Forecast

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released the following statement on March 9, 2017 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast:

    Although not unexpected, today’s historically …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/historically-low-florida-citrus-production-forecast/

    Dr. Cliff Lamb Accepts Position at Texas A&M University

    This week marks the end of a very successful era at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, FL . Dr. Cliff Lamb, has received the honor of being selected to serve as the Department Head and Professor for the Department of Animal Science, at the renowned Texas A&M University in College Station, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/24/dr-cliff-lamb-accepts-position-at-texas-am-university/

    US Cattle Herd still Expanding

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their January cattle inventory report on January 31st.  For the beef cattle industry this is the annual supply report card. The total number of cattle and calves rose 2% from 91.9 million head on January 1, 2016 to 93.6 million on January 1, 2017.  This is the third …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/us-cattle-herd-still-expanding/

    Friday Feature: Autonomous (Self-Driving) Tractors

    At the end of 2016, Case IH revealed a new concept tractor that could revolutionize farming in the future – Autonomous or self driving tractors.  Imagine the ability to have a programmed tractor that could disk or spray pesticides on it’s own, or a tractor pulling a grain cart that followed the combine in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/friday-feature-autonomous-self-driving-tractors/

    APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog

    Source:  USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 01/09/2017

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. The dog was isolated and his infested wounds were treated. Federal and state officials …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/aphis-confirms-new-world-screwworm-in-dade-county-dog/

    Friday Feature: The Riding Cow

    For the past 18 months we have shared old farm jokes each week on Panhandle Ag e-news, but the well has about run dry.  Starting in 2017 we will be sharing interesting videos and stories related to agriculture.  If you come across a neat video or story, please send it in so we can share …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/friday-feature-the-riding-cow/

    UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge Tackles Hunger in the Panhandle

    Samantha Grenrock, UF/IFAS Communications Service

    Thanks to a partnership of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and the Florida Peanut Producers Association, food pantries from Pensacola to Monticello will receive thousands of jars of donated peanut butter this December.

    “The Peanut Butter Challenge not only raises awareness about …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/16/ufifas-extension-peanut-butter-challenge-tackles-hunger-in-the-panhandle/

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