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Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling: Can We Put Water-Hyacinths to Good Use?

Published: January 28th, 2016

By: Dennis G. Corrick

By now, the issue of nutrients in Florida’s waters is well-recognized. Runoff from urban and agricultural systems and the loss of natural wetlands have combined to raise levels of nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, in natural systems. These can lead to blooms of algae and general imbalances of the systems. In estuaries, such as the […]

Florida Legislature Passes Long-awaited Water Bill

Published: January 15th, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

In the face of opposition from some environmental groups and newspaper editorial writers, on January 13, the second day of the 2016 legislative session, the Florida Senate cleared SB 552, characterized by its supporters as a comprehensive water protection bill. The next day, the House followed suit. A veto of the bill by Gov. Scott […]

FDA Finalizes Produce Safety Rule

Published: November 18th, 2015

By: Anna H. Long

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule first proposed in January, 2013, is now final.[1] The rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.[2] Subsequent to the rule proposed in 2013, a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking was issued […]

The Next Big Opportunity for Florida Agriculture

Published: October 29th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Florida growers are justifiably proud that their products fill the fresh fruit and vegetable bins of supermarkets across the country during the winter months. I’d like to propose that if we had the infrastructure, more of Florida’s agricultural products that are wasted or never grown could also go into natural fruit and vegetable drinks and […]

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Sees Promising Future

Published: October 12th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam recently spoke to the nearly 200 attendees of the 2015 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (http://www.FAFMC.org) about the opportunities – and challenges – facing landowners and the agriculture industry. Putnam was clear that the opportunities far outweigh the challenges. A fifth generation cattle rancher and citrus grower who still […]

SB 536: DEP’s Report on Expansion of Beneficial Use of Reclaimed Water, Stormwater, and Excess Surface Water

Published: September 2nd, 2015

By: John L. Wharton

SB 536: DEP’s Report on Expansion of Beneficial Use of Reclaimed Water, Stormwater, and Excess Surface Water Acknowledging that the availability of a sustainable water supply is an essential element of Florida’s future, the 2014 legislature directed that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) produce a comprehensive study to determine whether reclaimed water, stormwater, and […]

The Water Policy that Wasn’t: What’s Setting the Tone for Next Year’s Legislative Session

Published: August 21st, 2015

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner

Brittany O. Finkbeiner, an attorney in Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office authored the article “The Water Policy that Wasn’t: What’s Setting the Tone for Next Year’s Legislative Session” which was published in Central Florida Ag News, Vol. 6, Issue 1, July 2015 edition. This article was re-posted with permission from Central Florida Ag News magazine.  The original article was […]

Dates Announced for 2015 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference

Published: May 29th, 2015

Orlando, Fla. – The executive committee of the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC) recently announced the dates for this year’s conference on August 27-28, 2015 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Some of the nation’s leading agricultural and economic experts will be in Orlando to address financial strategies impacting one of Florida’s top […]