In this Issue:
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Active Wildfire Season in 2017
  • Farms are Dangerous Places for Kids to Work and Play
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops
  • Friday Feature: Grain Bin Entrapment
  • Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017
  • Farm Safety

    Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

    Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in Section 500.80 of the Florida Statutes. These food products must be sold within Florida, they cannot be sold wholesale, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/updates-to-the-florida-cottage-food-law/

    Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines

    Today, August 11 is “National 811 Day,” so it is only fitting to share an Ag-Safety reminder to “Call or Click Before You Dig.”

    There are pipelines and utility lines buried all over the place in rural areas.  In fact, there are more than 1,250 miles of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/call-811-before-you-dig-or-farm/

    Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands

    More than 80% of workers on livestock farms have accidentally stuck themselves with needles used for vaccine and drug administration.  Accidental needlestick injuries are usually minor, but can be serious with skin infections, allergic reactions, and deep tissue wounds that require surgery.   This week’s featured video was developed by the Upper Midwest Agricultural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/friday-feature-preventing-needlestick-injuries-to-ranch-hands/

    Active Wildfire Season in 2017

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced this week that more than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida this year, with nearly 125 active wildfires burning as of today, May 8, 2017. Current conditions by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/active-wildfire-season-in-2017/

    Farms are Dangerous Places for Kids to Work and Play

    There are approximately two million farms in the U.S. There are also approximately 900,000 kids who live on farms, and more than half (51%) work on the farms where they live. Farms annually hire an additional 265,000 youth workers.  Farms, however, are a dangerous place for kids to work and play, because of the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/21/farms-are-dangerous-places-for-kids-to-work-and-play/

    Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?

    If you are a produce farmer, you should have heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, by now. This act, which was passed in 2011, is considered the largest update to food safety regulation in over 80 years.

    The proposed produce safety rule under the FSMA is very robust, establishing the minimum …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/do-the-new-food-safety-standards-apply-to-your-farm/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    Alabama Cooperative Extension offers Training for use of Dicamba and 2,4-D Resistant Crops

    Alabama Cooperative Extension will offer training for anyone who will be applying auxin herbicides to dicamba or 2,4-D tolerant crops. While mandatory for Alabama farmers, Florida farmers can also attend these educational classes.  See the table below for the date, time, and location closest to you.  All Alabama producers that are planning on using this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/alabama-cooperative-extension-offers-training-for-use-of-dicamba-and-24-d-resistant-crops/

    Friday Feature: Grain Bin Entrapment

    This week’s the featured video is not a pleasant topic, but it is a message that needs to be shared with every farmer, family member, and farm worker who may work with loose grain and feeds stored in bulk bins.  Bulk grain and feed bins, or large grain carts can become very dangerous, especially if …

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    Farm Worker Protection Standard Updates take Effect in 2017

    Beverly James, UF/IFAS Communications Service

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017.

    The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992, but was most …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/20/farm-worker-protection-standard-updates-take-effect-in-2017/

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