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Polk County’s Green Swamp Among 32,000 Acres Approved For Florida Forever Funds

May 29, 2020 By: Jim Frankowiak The Florida Cabinet has approved funding that will help protect nearly 32,000 acres of Florida lands, including portions of Polk County’s Green Swamp, through the Florida Forever Program. Areas from the Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, North Florida’s springs country, to…

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USDA Offers $16 Billion in Direct Assistance to Producers Impacted by COVID-19; Specialty Crops Included

May 29, 2020 By: Jim Frankowiak The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $16 billion in direct payments to provide relief to Americans farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19. As part of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP), the…

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FFVA Adds 5 New Board Members from the Emerging Leader Development Program

May 21, 2020 By: Jim Frankowiak The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) has added five new members to its board of directors and all are alumni of the FFVA Emerging Leader Development Program.  The five are Josh Griffin, Food Safety Manager with Grimes Produce…

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USDA Offers Direct Assistance to Specialty Crop Growers Impacted by COVID-19

May 21, 2020 By: Jim Frankowiak The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Farm Assistance Program, is providing up to $2.1 billion in direct payments to specialty crop producers.  These payments will be based on losses where prices and market…

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USDA Announces Co-Op Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

May 14, 2020 By: Jim Frankowiak The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for the 2020 fiscal year.   These cooperative agreements will support projects that…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture official named to lead UF/IFAS

UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2343 Mowry Road, Bldg. 69UF/IFAS Communications PO Box 110810Gainesville, FL 32611-0810 352-392-2411352-392-7902 Fax NEWS RELEASE U.S. Department of Agriculture official named to lead UF/IFAS May 4, 2020 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has named J. Scott…

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