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Nonllations Souhlit for Flonda .gnicultumal
Hall of Fame 1
Ok,choeli e C'ount\i Propel-t. Recognized
as Century Pioneer Fanil\ Farm 2
\\hole Foods Nlarl,ct Annilouncis Lo\\-
Inltcl'et Loan Piroram for Local Food
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Potential Mosquitto E\plosIln 11
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Nominations Sought for Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that nominations are
now being accepted for candidates to the FloridaAgricultural Hall of Fame in 2008. The deadline for submitting nominations
is September 1,2007.
"The FloridaAgricultural Hall of Fame was created to honor Florida's agricultural pioneers and leaders," Bronson said.
"I hope everyone will take a moment to consider who should be nominated this year for the highest honor bestowed by the
Anyone can submit a nomination on behalf of a candidate for the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. However, all
nomination forms must be completed as specified in the instructions. The nominees, chosen by an independent panel of
judges, will be announced later this year. The induction ceremony will take place during the 30th annual FloridaAgricultural
Hall of Fame banquet and awards ceremony at the Florida State Fair in February 2008.
Nomination forms may be requested by calling (813) 628-4551, or by writing: Chairman, Florida Agricultural Hall of
Fame Foundation, 4508 Oak Fair Boulevard, Suite 290, Tampa, FL 33610. The fax number for nomination forms is (813) 620-
4008. Nomination forms are also available on the web Ei I il-.h.II.Illinih' ,in
The Institute ofFood andAgricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research educational information, and other
services only to individuals that function with regard to race, color sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publcations, contact your county
Cooperative Extension Service office.
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
has announced that a farm in Okeechobee County has
qualified for recognition as a Century Pioneer Family Farm.
Recognition in this program means that the families have
maintained continuous ownership of the property for at
least 100 years.
The family is headed by Enoch and Tealy Wingate
Eddy, whose farm is located on Maude Road in
"This family has been able to retain ownership of
their land through the Depression, diseases, droughts,
freezes and the urbanization of Florida," Bronson said.
"That is a great tribute to the many generations of this
Mrs. Eddy says "the farm is still in pretty much in its
original condition." The 65-acre family farm is full of
virgin timber and is home to a herd of Florida cracker
Since the program began 25 years ago, 130 family
farms have received the Century Pioneer Farm
designation. The program is administered by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with
assistance of the FloridaAgricultural Museum.
For more information about the program or to apply
for membership into the program contact Richard Gunnels
at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (850) 488-3022, or
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Release June 13, 2007
I Whole Foods
for Local Food
LOAN PROGRAM Producers
Whole Foods Market, the leading organic and natural
foods supermarket, is seeking local farmers and other food
producers who are interested in participating in its new
Local Producer Loan Program. As part of a company-
wide initiative supporting local agricultural producers and
food artisans, the company plans to provide up to $10
million annually in low-interest loans to small producers in
At five to nine percent, the interest rates currently
offered through Whole Foods Market's pilot program to
small agricultural producers can be extremely attractive.
The program has other attributes geared to small
producers: loan application paperwork is minimized; there
are no penalties for early repayment; and loan terms may
be from a few months to ten years.
The Local Producer Loan Program is part of Whole
Foods Market's renewed commitment to local agriculture.
This includes hosting farmers markets at stand-alone
stores, refocusing in-store marketing to highlight locally-
produced products, and hiring regional staff focused
specifically on sourcing local products.
"It is Whole Foods Market's intention to help finance
local food production all overthe United States," said John
Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market.
"We are going to 'walk our talk' with financial support for
local, small-scale agriculture. We believe this financial
assistance of up to $10 million per year can make a very
significant difference in helping local food production grow
and flourish across the United States."
Producers throughout the U.S. are invited to
participate in the program. Those interested can find more
information and a loan application at the website, http://
index.html. They can also contact the program
coordinators at email@example.com.
Phone: (512) 542-0895
Beef and Forage Group
10th Regional Hay
Thursday August 9, 2007
Shaw & Shaw Farms,
O Drought Related Options
O Hay Quality
O Forage Insect Management
E Irrigation Options
O Pesticide Management (CEU's)
O Forage BMP's
Directions to Farm:
1-75 to Alachua Hwy 441 Exit. East on 441 to
intersection of Hwy 441 & 235. Turn Right (south) at
red light. Go over RR tracks, 241 will split off to the
left. Take left on Hwy 241 South. Go approximately 2
miles, Shaw & Shaw farms will be on the left.
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Bronson Urges People
to Prepare for Potential
The drought plaguing Florida has had one benefit, a
significant drop in the mosquito population that is usually
seen this time of year. But Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson is
urging residents to prepare for that to change. As soon as
the normal rain patterns return, Florida is likely to see a
mosquito population explosion.
The lack of water has prevented eggs from hatching.
But mosquito eggs from certain species can be very
resilient, lying in wait for the next heavy rain for up to
several years. When the wet weather arrives, all the eggs
hatch at once, creating a huge increase in the number of
Bronson says people need to keep that in mind and
be ready for a possible onslaught of mosquitoes and with
them the potential for mosquito borne illnesses.
The Commissioner is urging horse owners to make
sure that their animals are vaccinated against two of the
diseases West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine
"So far there this year there have been no reports
of human cases of mosquito borne illnesses in Florida and
we've had five EEE cases in horses compared with a
high of 207 cases in 2003," Bronson said. "We haven't
seen any West Nile cases either and I hope with proper
protections we can continue this trend."
In addition to WNV and EEE, mosquitoes can
transmit St. Louis Encephalitis and malaria.
Floridians and visitors can protect themselves against
mosquito borne disease by taking common sense steps,
Limit time outside during dusk and dawn when
mosquitoes are most active.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover
skin and reduce the chance of being bitten.
Eliminate standing water in yards, such as in
birdbaths, kiddie pools, old tires and other
receptacles, as stagnant water is an excellent
breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Use insect repellent that contains DEET, which
is an effective repellent.
Horse owners are also urged to check with their
veterinarian to make sure that their animals have received
current vaccinations against WNV and EEE, and that
these shots are kept up to date.
"Florida's mosquito control districts have done a
tremendous job with ongoing monitoring of mosquito
populations and taking action when necessary," Bronson
said. "But ultimately, it is up to people to take steps to
protect themselves and their animals from mosquito borne
Across Florida, there are 56 mosquito control districts
that routinely conduct proactive mosquito surveillance with
specific and effective research. They have improved
methods of controlling mosquitoes, improved identification
of mosquito species that transmit disease, established
procedures for the early detection of new mosquitoes,
and researched environmental factors that make mosquito
disease outbreaks more likely.
For more information on mosquito borne diseases
and prevention, consumers can call the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-
FLA (435-7352), or visit the department's website at
http://www.doacs.state.fl.us. Information on the subject
also is available at the Florida Department of Health's
website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us.
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Release June 14, 2007
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Test now
in use in the United States
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
will be the first American establishment to use a highly
sensitive test used throughout parts of Europe to accurately
detect bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV).
Developed by a German company, the newly
available test identifies and differentiates both persistent
infection and transient infection, the two types of BVDV
in cattle. According to European governmental reference
labs, the test can detect all 68 referenced strains of BVDV,
including atypical European and American strains such
as HOBI and H138 strains.
"We're very excited to be the first U.S. laboratory
to provide the [test] to veterinarians and producers of
Kansas and the surrounding states," said Dr. Gary
Anderson, KSVDL director. "[Past] technology was
viewed as too difficult, unreliable or too costly to run in a
high throughput environment."
The BVDV test components have been submitted
to USDA for sale and distribution approval.
Release June 20, 2007