In this Issue:
  • La Niña Watch issued by the Climate Prediction Center
  • Hurricane Preparation for Your Farm
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • Call 811 Before You Dig or Farm Near Buried Utility and Pipelines
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works
  • Farms are Dangerous Places for Kids to Work and Play
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • Potato Disease Management Starts with Monitoring Your Seed Stock
  • What Tropical Storm Colin’s Rainfall will Mean for Peanut Diseases?
  • Risk Management

    La Niña Watch issued by the Climate Prediction Center

     

    Clyde Fraisse, AgroClimate Project Director

    While ENSO-Neutral conditions are still present in the Pacific Ocean, a La Niña Watch was issued by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) on October 9, 2017. The chances for a La Nina to develop this Fall are around 60%, so this is a good time for growers …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/20/la-nina-watch-issued-by-the-climate-prediction-center/

    Hurricane Preparation for Your Farm

    Farmers in Florida worry every fall about potential damage from a hurricane.  Most of the media attention focuses on families in coastal communities, but not as much attention is provided for farmers and ranchers. Emergency responders are also likely to target their efforts immediately after the storm comes ashore on coastal areas hardest hit …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/07/hurricane-preparation-for-your-farm/

    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/

    Crop Insurance for Beekeepers

    Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. On July 27th,  U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for the producers’ honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/crop-insurance-for-beekeepers/

    Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.   They have launched  a campaign called The Peanut Program Works to provide support for the Price Loss Coverage or PLC Program implemented with the 2014 Farm Bill, as lawmakers begin to discuss the next Farm Bill.  This video features …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/friday-feature-the-peanut-program-works/

    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/

    Potato Disease Management Starts with Monitoring Your Seed Stock

    By: Nicholas Dufault, Rebecca Barocco, and Sajeewa Amaradasa

    There have been many concerns this year with potato seed management related to the Blackleg problem, caused by Dickeya dianthicola, in the northern seed producing states (Figure 1). Seed borne diseases, such as blackleg, can go unnoticed until it is too late. Paying …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/potato-disease-management-starts-with-monitoring-your-seed-stock/

    What Tropical Storm Colin’s Rainfall will Mean for Peanut Diseases?

    Nicholas Dufault and Rebecca Barocco,  UF-IFAS Dept. of Plant Pathology

    Back in 2013, the Suwannee Valley as well as other parts of the southeastern U.S. were hit with 10 to 25 inches of rainfall in the month of June, which was partly related to Tropical Storm Andrea. Now that Tropical Storm Colin (Fig. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/10/what-ts-colins-rainfall-will-mean-for-peanut-diseases/

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