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/
- 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
- 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
- Recently, some apparent graft compatibility issues affecting the new citrus rootstock US-1283 and particular scions were noticed.
- To read a brief statement about this, click here: https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/docs/pdf/plant-physiology/2020-02-14-Albrecht_Notice-possible-graft-incompatibility.pdf.
- For further information, contact SWFREC plant physiologist Dr. Ute Albrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Kim Bowman (Kim.email@example.com), research geneticist with USDA ARS in Fort Pierce.
All my best to all of you
- Urban Agriculture Listening Sessions
- 2020-05-08 – Emergency Road use Permit Letter EO Weight Waivers