Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the opening of the nomination process for the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award, which annually recognizes the achievements of women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. Nominations for the award must be submitted…Read More Florida Ag Commissioner Seeks Nominations For 2023 Woman Of The Year In Agriculture Award
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Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson Defends Chinese Property Law
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said Tuesday he expects courts to uphold the constitutionality of a new state law that restricts the sale of certain properties to people and businesses linked to the Chinese government. Simpson told reporters the lawsuit was anticipated. The lawsuit was…Read More Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson Defends Chinese Property Law
Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson: Immigration Law Could Pose ‘Challenges’
Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said Thursday he anticipates farmers, along the construction and tourism industries, will face “challenges” due to recently signed legislation that targets illegal immigration. But in defending the need to secure the nation’s Southern border with Mexico, Simpson added he’s yet to…Read More Florida Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson: Immigration Law Could Pose ‘Challenges’
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expansion Eyed
State officials next week could direct nearly $100 million to secure more than 35,500 acres of primarily ranchland for the growing statewide Wildlife Corridor, while keeping agricultural operations on the properties in place. Twelve land deals on the May 23 agenda before Gov. Ron DeSantis…Read More Florida Wildlife Corridor Expansion Eyed
Florida Citrus Industry Numbers Continue To Sag
Production numbers for Florida’s orange crop continue to decline as the citrus industry’s storm-battered season nears an end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday issued a forecast that said Florida growers this season are on pace to fill 15.65 million boxes of oranges, which…Read More Florida Citrus Industry Numbers Continue To Sag
Florida Ag Commissioner Simpson Announces Aquaculture Education, Grants Available To Teachers
Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is now accepting applications from Florida educators to participate in a collaborative aquaculture education training workshop July 26-28, 2023, to help Florida teachers bring aquaculture and aquaponics into…Read More Florida Ag Commissioner Simpson Announces Aquaculture Education, Grants Available To Teachers
Bill Could Help Black Florida Farmers Get Pot Licenses
Black farmers in Florida who didn’t make the cut last year could have another opportunity to vie for medical-marijuana licenses, under a bill approved by lawmakers in the final days of the 2023 legislative session. The bill, which awaits a decision by Gov. Ron DeSantis,…Read More Bill Could Help Black Florida Farmers Get Pot Licenses
Drought Conditions Put Florida At High Risk Of Wildfire Danger
Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson and the Florida Forest Service are highlighting the dangers of wildfire arson during Arson Awareness Week, May 7-13, 2023. “Under the current weather conditions, even the smallest spark has the potential to start a dangerous wildfire,” said Commissioner…Read More Drought Conditions Put Florida At High Risk Of Wildfire Danger
North Florida Farmers Recognized For Environmental Stewardship Efforts
Seven Florida farm families were honored for their sustainability efforts with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award during the 22nd Annual Suwannee CARES Celebration at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center- Suwannee Valley. According to the Florida Farm Bureau, the event drew in more…Read More North Florida Farmers Recognized For Environmental Stewardship Efforts
DeSantis Attacking Florida Algal Blooms With New Technologies
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of more than $13.6 million for innovative technologies and short-term solutions to aid in the prevention, cleanup, and mitigation of harmful algal blooms. When DeSantis took office, he created the Blue-Green Algae Task Force to address the issue of…Read More DeSantis Attacking Florida Algal Blooms With New Technologies