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COVID-19 agriculture updates: May 12

Hello DeSoto and Sarasota County Producers!

It has been an entire week since I last had information to send your way. The pace of new information is finally slowing down.

I am going to continue to send coronavirus-related updates as long as there are updates that need sharing. Since these updates are slowing down, I am going to start the transition over to sharing more general agriculture updates. Today’s email is split: the first three updates  are coronavirus-related, the last four updates are not.

And just a reminder that if you need to access the last two months of info I sent your way, this link will take you to it: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasotaco/tag/covidagupdate/

Coronavirus Updates

  1. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program is up and running
    • I see two on the list from our region (GA Foodservice of Pinellas County, Inc and Hardee Fresh, LLC)

 

2. Transition Sarasota seeking growers for gleaning partnerships. 

    • If you have questions or are interested in donating your product via gleaning, please contact Rebecca Brey at exec@transitionsrq.org or 920-286-3070.
    • For information on tax breaks, liability, and tips on having volunteer harvesters on your farm, see the three very helpful attachments called:
    • How Is Food Recovered on a Farm; Field Gleaning Tips and Rules; and A Farmer’s Guide to Food Donations

 

3. Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Equine Businesses and Allied Industries

    • Previous impact surveys did not sufficiently capture the impact of COVID-19 on equine businesses. To learn how wide-spread the impact is, UF and LSU created a short survey (five minutes) just for equine businesses (boarding/lessons/training facilities), equestrian/show facilities, and allied industries.
    • Here is the link to this survey: http://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sh5QCupVkuc40l
    • Please share this link if you know someone who is in the equine business

 

General Agriculture Updates

  1. UF’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona has a new director
    • Dr. Brent Sellers, Ona’s pasture weed specialist, has been named the Center’s new director.
    • To read about Dr. Sellers and lots more news from Ona, check out their spring newsletter:

 

2. Upcoming webinars about USDA and SBA programs and services offered to rural businesses.

 

3. S. Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease report for April

    • The final S. Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease Hotline of the season was last week and will start back up in a few months. Attached is the S. Florida Vegetable Pest and Disease report for April

 

4. New article about strategies for managing hypersensitivity to insect bites in horses:

 

All my best to all of you,

Sarah Bostick

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