Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has been in regular communication with federal partners, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the agriculture industry to assess agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Michael. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Continues to Meet with Agricultural Leaders to Assess Damage
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its first citrus crop forecast for the 2018-2019 season. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam’s statement is below: [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on First Citrus Crop Forecast of the Season
Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, and today Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam briefed Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on the initial agricultural damage assessment. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam Briefs Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Initial Agricultural Damage
With Hurricane Michael nearing landfall in Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam reminds Floridians to research charitable organizations prior to contributing. Often in the wake of disasters, such as hurricanes, fraudulent charities are created to take advantage of people’s generosity. [Read more…] about Commissioner Putnam Reminds Consumers to Research Charities Before Giving
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the temporary suspension of intrastate movement requirements for the transportation of animals from the areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael. Additionally, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi have waived their interstate import requirements for Florida pets and livestock. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Suspension of Pet and Livestock Movement Requirements to Assist Evacuations
In recognition of National Farm to School Month this month, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that Florida school districts purchased more than $59 million of Florida products during the 2017-2018 school year through the Farm to School initiative. [Read more…] about Florida Schools Serve More Than $59 Million of Florida Products Through Farm to School Initiative
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is the second one during this administration, both of which were in Miami-Dade County.
“Hundreds of our agriculture industry members have been on high alert during this program, and I cannot thank them enough for their support of eradication efforts,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
Protecting Florida’s $120 billion agriculture industry from invasive pests and disease is one of the department’s top priorities, and over the past eight years, the department has successfully managed significant eradication programs to defend the industry.
The last Oriental fruit fly eradication effort took place in late 2015 and early 2016, and, as that infestation was more widespread, it had required a nearly 100-square-mile quarantine zone and extensive collaboration with the agriculture industry, the USDA and local leaders. Thanks to the aggressive eradication efforts, the Oriental fruit fly was eradicated at that time.
The Oriental fruit fly is considered one of the most serious of the world’s fruit fly pests and attacks more than 430 different fruits, vegetables and nuts. Population growth can be explosive, as females are capable of producing hundreds of eggs infesting fruit and rendering it unsuitable for human consumption. A cooperative state and federal program monitors more than 56,000 fruit fly traps across the state as an early fruit fly detection network to prevent fruit fly introductions.
In addition to eradicating the Oriental fruit fly, the department partnered with the USDA to eradicate the New world screwworm in 2016. The New world screwworm, which is a flesh-eating pest that could devastate the livestock industry, had not been detected in the United States in 30 years or in Florida in more than 50 years when it was found in Key deer in Monroe County in late 2015. After the release of 180 million sterile flies and the check of 17,000 animals at a check point in Key Largo, the department and the USDA successfully eradicated the New world screwworm and prevented its spread to the mainland.
Also, the department and the USDA have work diligently to eradicate the giant African land snail in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The invasive snail was first detected in 2011, and it threatens more than 500 varieties of plants and agricultural commodities, consumes plaster and stucco, and carries a parasite that can cause a type of meningitis in humans and animals. Since the eradication program began in 2011, 168,000 giant African land snails have been eliminated and 20 of the original 32 core areas under quarantine have been decommissioned.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has delivered thousands of servings of food to Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina. The department coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ready and deliver USDA Foods to disaster relief sites and shelters. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Department Delivers Thousands of Pounds of Food to Hurricane Florence Victims
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced today the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The induction ceremony will be held at the Florida State Fair’s Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Feb. 12, 2019. More information is available at FloridaAgHallofFame.org. [Read more…] about Commissioner Putnam Announces 2019 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Dr. Ann Blount has been named the 2018 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Dr. Blount has dedicated her career to researching and implementing innovative techniques to improve fall forage production in Florida’s southern coastal areas. The award, now in its 34th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. [Read more…] about Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Ann Blount the 2018 Woman of the Year in Agriculture