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Aid available for farmers, ranchers to conserve natural resources

Agriculture equipment operators work in a field. [CREDIT: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a Nov. 20 deadline to apply for the Environmental Quality Icentives Program (EQIP), a federal effort to encourage environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Information was disseminated in a news release, as follows:… Read More

Egg cartons might pack a surprise soon

a carton of six chicken eggs of different colors, including white, light-blue, olive green, tan and brown

By Maria Portelos-Rometo and Sarah Bostick UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Recently, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services temporarily changed some of the rules about eggs. These changes are part of a statewide effort to make sure… Read More

Ag land conservation easement signup open

a wetlands natural area under blue skies is shown from Paynes Prairie outside Gainesville, Florida

The Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the following information Feb. 3, re the conservation easement program: For Immediate Release Contact: Renee Bodine, 352-514-8292 2020 Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced GAINESVILLE, Fla.,… Read More

Food Label Dates: Cracking down on egg freshness

a dozen eggs of different shell colors in a paper carton

In our previous Food Label Dates posts, we talked about some terminology used on the food packaging. But what about eggs? Besides all the different sizes and varieties of eggs, how long do eggs keep their peak freshness?… Read More

EVENT: Lost in label-land? We can help.

food labeling illustration

Organic. Free range. Natural. USDA certified. Grown locally. Cage free. NSF. FSIS. Choice. Prime. Locally sourced. Get dizzy trying to keep up with – let alone make sense of – the array of labels and acronyms and designations on… Read More

USDA conservation stewardship enrollment

florida scrub jay perches in the wild

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a May 10 deadline to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal effort to encourage environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Information was disseminated in a news release, as follows: USDA Announces… Read More

USDA workshops: Hurricane Irma recovery

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be hosting disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshops in Florida over the next few weeks. Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency will present information about the… Read More

Apply for USDA natural resources aid by Nov. 17

controlled burn on forest land

Agricultural landowners face a closing window to receive financial and technical aid to help protect natural resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has noted that applications for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program will close Nov. 17,… Read More