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COVID-19 agriculture updates: May 14

Hello DeSoto and Sarasota County Producers!

It looks like there is a 50-50 chance that we may actually get some much needed rain tomorrow and that certainly would be a blessing.

Today I have another split list of info for you – the first half is virus/disaster related and the second half is more general information.

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. DOT extends weight waver through May 31st
    • This applies to forestry products, livestock, milk, poultry/eggs, vegetables, rice, sugar, and citrus
    • See attachment  at the bottom of the page called 2020-05-08 Emergency Road Use Permit Letter. This letter can be used as your road use permit.

 

2. Pesticide licensing exams available soon

    • Exams will start up again in DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pasco Counties after May 18th
    • There is no date yet for when exams will resume in Sarasota County
    • For a full list of which counties are starting when and information on how to register for an exam, visit this website:

 

3. Today’s webinar on CFAP was recorded and is now available on You-tube

    • CFAP is the $19 billon direct relief program for producers who have suffered losses during the 2020 marketing year due to COVID-19.
    • Here is the link to the 15-minute recording:
    • Here is a link to the government website about CFAP:

 

General Agriculture Updates

  1. Alternative Agriculture Listening Sessions:
  • The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently posted a notice that they are taking stakeholder input to help inform and set priorities for $40 million of grant funding for research, education and extension around urban agriculture, indoor agriculture and emerging agriculture.
  • See the attached at bottom of the page called Urban Agriculture Listening Sessions for more information, dates/times of sessions.

 

2. Possible Graft Incompatibility affecting the new citrus rootstock

 

All my best to all of you

 

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