Agriculture News and Press Releases

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issues numerous press releases regarding Department regulatory activities, agricultural statistics, marketing programs, promotional activities, and other news of interest to the agribusiness community.

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Florida Agriculture News
March 2004

03-03-04: Referendum set to decide assessment paid by tobacco growers

February 2004

02-24-04:  Agriculture Department receives awards for marketing promotions
02-13-04:  Florida Citrus Producers approve research and marketing order in referendum
02-03-04:  Florida spring produce promotion expands across North America

January 2004

01-06-04: Jennie Lee Zipperer named "Woman of the Year in Agriculture" for 2003

December 2003

12-16-03: Referendum set for Citrus Research Marketing Order
12-02-03: Florida Christmas Trees to Brighten Capitol Offices

October 2003

10-27-03: Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame to induct five in 2004

10-23-03 Bronson reminds Florida agribusinesses of new FDA bioterrorism registration

10-17-03: Ag-Environmental Leadership Awards to be presented

10-14-03:  New Open -Air Community Farmers' Market to open in Sanford

September 2003

9-11-03: Bronson announces additional assistance for Franklin County Oyster Industry

August 2003

08-25-03: "Fresh-2-U" Encourages elementary students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables

08-13-03: Deadline for "Woman of the Year in Agriculture" nominations is November 1

08-06-03: Marketing promotions increase Florida produce sales by $173 million

May 2003

05-30-03: Sailors and Marines received "Welcome Home" gift of fresh Florida oranges

: Florida to send 1,200 cartons of fresh citrus to U.S. troops abroad

April 2003

04-08-03: Nutrition program to benefit Florida farmers and at-risk mothers and children

March 2003

03-10-03: "Greetings From Your Florida Farmers" produce promotion targets three states

03-03-03: Agricultural department receives awards for marketing promotions


February 2003

02-10-03: Florida produce marketing campaign in Northeast and Canada expands in second year


January 2003

01-30-03: Bronson reports on survey showing consumers concern about country of origin
01-10-03: Bronson reminds farmers and ranchers to  participate in the U.S. Census of  Agriculture
01-02-03: Annette Barnett Land named ‘‘Woman of the Year" for 2002


December 2002

12-02-02: Florida trees presented to Governor Bush and Commissioner Bronson

October 2002

10-30-02: Bronson presents Ag-Environmental Leadership awards
10-10-02: Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame to induct four in 2003

September 2002

09-23-02: ‘Planet Ag’ helps students develop science fair projects
09-17-02: "2002 Florida Agricultural Fast Facts Directory" now available, Bronson announces

August 2002

08-28-02: Trade delegation from Central Europe to tour Florida seafood companies 
Nominations for ‘‘Woman of the Year in Agriculture" now being accepted
08-06-02: New "kid-friendly" cooking guide available

July 2002

07-17-02: Marketing promotions increase Florida produce sales by $80 million  
07-08-02: Groundbreaking for produce distribution facility in Sanford set for July 11
07-02-02: Sales of Florida aquaculture products top $99 million

June  2002

06-28-02: Nominations sought for Agricultural Hall of Fame
06-18-02:  Bronson announces $5 million in federal grants to promote and market Florida products

May  2002

05-25-02: Bronson stops sale of candy due to choking hazard
05-24-02: Bronson announces state partnership with produce distributor in Sanford
05-14-02: Latest Florida agricultural export initiative targets India market, Bronson announces
05-06-02: Students win awards for ag science  projects

April  2002

04-12-02: Trade delegation from Australia and New Zealand to tour Thoroughbred facilities
04-08-02: Bronson to negotiate sale of Florida cattle to Puerto Rico
04-05-02: Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits at-risk mothers and their children

March  2002
03-06-02Bronson launches trade initiative to open China market to Florida wood products
03-05-02:  Series of seminars to explore the growing trend of  "community supported agriculture"
03-05-02:  Seminole County 4-H team wins LifeSmarts state championship at Florida State Fair

February 2002

02-14-02:  Marketing campaign seeks to boost sales of Florida produce and bring vacationers
January 2002

01-14-02:  Public awareness campaign to show economic value of agriculture

December 2001

12-11-01: Barbara Carlton named "Woman of the Year in Agriculture"

November 2001

11-14-01: Florida winery’s key lime wine presented at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

October 2001

10-25-01: Bronson to present Ag-Environmental Awards to two farming operations
: Department partners with Florida 4-H to recruit adult volunteers for local programs
10-11-01: Forestry Awareness Day Set For October 20

September 2001

09-25-01: Celebrate Florida National Seafood Month in October 
‘Planet Ag’ helps students develop science fair projects 
09-20-01: Seminars to help Florida growers export products will be held in Orlando and Miami 
09-12-01: Florida farm cash receipts increased 1.4 percent in 2000, Bronson announces 

July 2001

07-26-01: National Farmers' Market Week August 5-11
07-12-01: Students Win Awards For Ag Science Projects

June 2001

06-27-01: Project increases locally grown produce available to buyers in Daytona Beach 
: Nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture" are now being accepted 
: Agreement Reached to Provide Relief to Drought-impacted Farmers 
06-08-01: Nominations Sought for Agricultural Hall of Fame 
06-07-01: Export Promotion Grants Available 

May 2001

05-22-01: Chief of Florida Farmers Markets to Head National Association
05-18-01: Bronson announces animal disease training exercise  
05-16-01: Bronson asks law enforcement for help to reduce ag crime 
05-14-01: Bronson takes oath as Florida Agriculture Commissioner 
05-10-01: Bush announces Bronson as Commissioner of Agriculture 

March 2001

03-01-01: Agriculture Department wins 10 advertising awards for public-private partnerships

February 2001

02-28-01: Four-year Drought Causes Growers Half-billion Dollars in Crop Losses

January 2001

01-10-01: Helen Houck named "Woman of the Year in Agriculture"
November 2000

11-20-00: Crawford presents Ag-Environmental Awards to two farming operations
October 2000

10-16-00: Crawford urges Floridians to remember pets in hurricane preparation
: Trade Leads: Floridas agricultures global connection
: Crawford Announces New Biological Control of Plant Pest
: Crawford seeks federal assistance for Dade County farmers hit by flooding
: Weather School 2000 seminars to help Florida farmers utilize weather information

August 2000

:  Crawford Announces Record Sales For Florida Farmers
July 2000

07-17-00: Department helps Florida growers in newly opened China market
07-04-00: American Blue Crab -- A Gourmets Delight
June 2000

06-23-00: Students Win Awards for Ag Science Projects
Division of Forestry offers newest crop of forest tree seedlings for sale
: Six Billionth Forest Tree Planted
06-19-00: Vero Beach seminar to help Florida growers export products to China
May 2000

05-31-00: Nominations for Woman of the Year in Agriculture"  are now being accepted
05-31-00: Seminars to help Florida growers export products to newly opened China market
Florida aquaculture, live on the web!
April 2000

04-24-00: Red, White and Blue For Your Barbecue
04-12-00: Crawford Announces Major Florida Citrus Sales in China
04-06-00: Floridas Agri-literacy Campaign To Visit Nations Capital
04-03-00: Citrus Canker Quarantine Areas to Be Expanded
March 2000

Crawford Brings Florida Citrus To Downtown Beijing Market
Crawford to Deliver First U.S. Citrus Shipment to China
February 2000

02-25-00: "Fresh from Florida" label gaining strong recognition among Florida consumers
02-25-00: Two Florida wineries win "Best of Show" at Florida State Fair
02-23-00: Stepped-up Canker Eradication Effort Is Launched
02-11-00: Crawford Unveils Bold New Canker Plan
02-09-00: Commissioner Bob Crawford delivered this letter to Governor Jeb Bush today
January 2000

01-18-00: Arbor Day in Florida Will Be Observed on January 21
01-05-00: Vina Jean Banks Named Woman of the Year in Agriculture

December 1999

12-29-99: Crawford Cautions Public About Increasingly Dry Conditions
12-10-99: Florida Christmas Tree Association Presents Trees
Wildfire Threat Is Growing in North Florida, Crawford Warns

November 1999

11-24-99: Chinese Delegation Visits Florida
11-15-99: Crawford Lauds U.S.-China WTO Agreement
11-05-99: Hotline Established for Shellfish Information
11-02-99: Crawford Launches Florida Trade Issues Weekly

October 1999

10-29-99: Crawford Warns Horse Owners to Be Aware of EIA
10-27-99: Crawford to Attend WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle
10-25-99: Crawford Seeks Federal Assistance As Storm Damage Reaches $400 Million
10-20-99: Crawford Sponsors Resolution Honoring Fruit Company
10-13-99: Crawford to Send Delegation to China
10-08-99: Crawford Opens Office in China to Promote Citrus Sales
10-04-99: Planet Ag Helps Students Explore the World of Agricultural Science
10-01-99: Disaster Assistance Extended for Tree Planting

September 1999

09-30-99: Board Organized to Administer Tobacco Program
09-30-99: Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated From Central Florida
09-20-99: Crawford Announces Release of Two New Citrus Varieties
09-09-99: October Is Florida Seafood and Aquaculture Month
09-08-99: Higginbotham Elected Chairman Of Plant City State Farmers Market Board

August 1999

08-30-99: Florida Wineries Win Honors in International Competition
08-24-99: One Oriental Fruit Fly Trapped in Brevard County
08-19-99: Crawford Lauds Record Ag Sales
08-19-99: Crawford Appoints Sherman Wilhelm to Head New Division of Aquaculture
08-13-99: Government of Turkey Seeking Bids for Dairy Breeding Cattle
08-04-99: Single Oriental Fruit Fly Found in Deltona

July 1999

07-27-99: Aglink Program Helps Companies Develop Trade Ties
07-20-99: Produce Firms Invited to Participate in Trade Show
07-13-99: Three Oriental Fruit Flies Found in Tampa
07-13-99: Oyster Restoration Program Begins in Big Bend Region
07-12-99: Poultry Producers Taking Steps to Improve Management Practices
07-09-99: Students Win Awards for Ag Science Projects
07-06-99: Trailwalker Program Offers Incentive to Hikers

June 1999

06-18-99: New Information Developed to Improve Wildfire Predictions
06-16-99: Nominations For Woman of The Year in Agriculture  Being Accepted by Department
06-14-99: Crawford Announces Opening of Citrus-Testing Facility
06-11-99: Crawford Announces Destruction of African Bees
06-10-99: Foreign Labeling Violations Continue to Mount, Crawford Says
06-10-99: Crawford to Meet With WTO Officials Over Trade
06-08-99: Nominations Sought For Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame
06-04-99: Trade Agreements Must Be Fair, Crawford Urges
06-02-99: Supply of Pine Seedlings Limited; New Ordering System Implemented
06-01-99: Media Advisory

May 1999

05-26-99: New Logo Will Help Consumers Identify Kosher Products from Florida
05-25-99: Florida Receives $2.7 Million to Provide Disaster Assistance for Forest Landowners
05-20-99: Three More Oriental Fruit Flies Found in Tampa
05-19-99: Outdoor Burning Authority Now Rests with Local Districts
05-18-99: Two Oriental Fruit Flies Found in Tampa
05-13-99: Federal Grants Available for Urban Forestry Programs
05-12-99: Crawford Announces Meeting to Discuss Trade Issues
05-06-99: Agricultural License and Bond Information Now Online
05-05-99: Crawford Announces Destruction of African Bees
05-04-99: Public Can Help Shape Florida Department of Agriculture Long-range Plan

April 1999

04-30-99: Recent Rain Allows for Partial Easing of Burn Ban
Crawford Cautions Public to Keep Safety in Mind During Drought
Crawford Bans Outdoor Burning
Floridas Watermelon Harvest Begins
Champion Youth and Animals Recognized at State Fair
Export Promotion Grants Available

March 1999

03-31-99: Alligator Farming Conserving a Natural Resource
Crawford Creates Strike Force to Combat Wildfire Arson
Crawford Sponsors Animal Protection Resolution
Crawford Lauds Congress, Administration For Canker Aid
Friends of Florida State Forests Organized
Wildfires Hit Central And South Florida
Crawford Schedules Training to Detect Canker
Sterile Medflies to Be Released in Miami

February 1999

02-26-99: Crawford Takes Action Against Produce Firm For Mislabeling Produce
02-24-99: Workshop Set on New Ocean Shipping Regulations
02-12-99: Crawford Appoints Panel to Combat Canker
02-08-99: Canker Found in Hendry, Broward Counties
02-04-99: Florida Forestry Forum to Be Held in Ocala
02-03-99: Lifesmarts Finals Set For Florida State Fair

January 1999

01-25-99: Crawford Joins Others in Agreement to Protect Suwannee Basin
01-20-99: Wine Competition Featured at Florida State Fair
01-19-99: State Agencies to Review Prescribed Fire and Air Quality Issues
01-07-99: Wildfire Threat Is Growing, Crawford Says

December 1998

12-15-98: Nancy Hardy Named Woman of The Year in Agriculture
12-10-98: Crawford Warns Residents About Wildfire Threat
Florida Christmas Tree Association Presents Trees to Governor Chiles
12-03-98: Crawford Announces Nearly 1,500 Country of Origin Labeling Violations
Students in grades 1-4 can win Fresh Friends computer game

November 1998

11-09-98: Food Recovery Program Is a Year-round Effort
Urban and Community Forestry Programs Across Florida Awarded Federal Grants
11-02-98: Florida Winery Wins International Recognition

October 1998

10-20-98: Captain Put Featured at Apalachicola Seafood Festival
10-19-98: Survey of Forestry Management Practices Released
10-16-98: Crawford To Present Ag-Environmental Awards to Longino Ranch and V&W Farms
10-16-98: Forestry Organization Supports Wildfire Plan
Forestry Incentives Program Offers Assistance to Landowners
10-01-98: Look to Floridas State Forests For Recreational Opportunities This Fall

September 1998

09-30-98: Crawford Announces Continuation of Florida Forests Forever Showvan Tour
09-28-98: Activities Planned Throughout Florida To Promote Fire Prevention Message
09-25-98: White Shrimp Are in Abundant Supply
09-18-98: 'Planet Ag Helps Students Explore the World of Agricultural Science

August 1998

08-12-98: Agrichemical Handling Manual Available
Crawford Announces Massive Hay Donation for Drought-stricken Farmers
Crawford Unveils Plan to Combat Wildfires

July 1998

07-21-98: Efforts Under Way to Help Forest Landowners Hurt by Wildfires
07-14-98: Agribusiness Firms Invited to Participate in Food Trade Shows
07-10-98: Single Male Medfly Found Near Sebring
07-07-98: Time to Order Seedlings For Tree-planting Season

June 1998

06-30-98: Citrus Canker Suspected in Collier Grove
06-25-98: States Are Responding to Crawfords Plea For Hay Supplies
06-24-98:Department Seeking Sources of Hay for Cattlemen
06-22-98: Drought, Heat Taking Toll
06-10-98: Nominations For "Woman of The Year in Agriculture" Being Accepted
06-08-98: Plan Now to Care For Livestock in Event of a Hurricane
06-08-98: Aerial Treatments Will Hasten Program's Completion
06-05-98: Steps To Minimize Impact Of Aerial Spraying
06-03-98: Florida Aquaculture Sales Total $102 Million in 1997

May 1998

05-23-98: Medfly Population Remains High in Core
05-19-98: Chinese Delegation to Discuss Florida Citrus Exports
05-19-98: Federal Grants Available For Urban Forestry Programs
05-14-98: Sterile Medfly Plan
05-05-98: Export Promotion Grants Available
05-04-98: "Red, White and Blue For Your Barbecue"

April 1998

04-30-98: Treatment to Begin in Medfly Operation
04-28-98: Additional Trapping Begins After Medfly Discovered
04-23-98: Sterile Flies to Be Used in Medfly Eradication Effort
04-22-98: Fruits and Vegetables to Be Provided to Needy
04-20-98: Two Arrested in Citrus Grove Thefts
04-17-98: Medfly Eradicated From Central Florida
04-16-98: Students Win Awards For Ag Science Projects
04-13-98: Florida Forests In Spotlight Of Earth Day Observance
04-13-98: Illegal Products Pose Risk To Florida
04-09-98: "AgVenture Services" Program to Assist Entrepreneurs
04-06-98: Forest Management Practices Protecting Florida's Water Bodies
04-03-98: Fruit Flies Found in South Florida
04-02-98: Florida Reaching Brucellosis-Free Status

March 1998

03-20-98: Action Against Unlicensed Agricultural Dealer
03-19-98: Workshop Set On Developing Florida's Marine Aquaculture
03-18-98: Agriculture Week Celebrated In Florida
03-17-98: Disaster Relief Available To Farmers In Six Counties
03-10-98: Ag Exhibitors Sought For International Trade Show

February 1998

02-27-98: Crop Damage Estimated At $100 Million
02-26-98: Changes To Canker Program
02-25-98: State And Federal Agencies To Sponsor Farm Worker Meetings
02-25-98: Agriculture Department Wins Seven Top Advertising Awards
02-24-98: "Agventure Services" Program To Assist Entrepreneurs
02-10-98: Southern Produce Promoted In The United Kingdom
02-06-98: Citrus Growers Approve Research Marketing Order
02-04-98: Florida Beef Breeding Stock Being Shipped To Brazil

January 1998

01-28-98: Survey Of Aquaculture Producers Begins
01-27-98: "Agventure Services" Program To Assist Entrepreneurs
01-12-98: Department Will Offer Seminars on Ag Exporting
01-08-98: New Food Safety Standards Implemented for Seafood
01-07-98: Gertrude Carey Named "Woman of the Year in Agriculture"