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Denise Grimsley says ag, biz background sets her apart in crowded Agriculture Commissioner race

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If you would have told Denise Grimsley in December she was about to launch a run for statewide office, she probably wouldn’t have believed you. It wasn’t something she was thinking about back then. She had already filed for re-election in the Florida Senate, but was starting to think about whether she wanted to run again. “In December, I had spent a lot of time with my family, and I had pretty much decided I’m walking into the end of…

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Court: Florida dairy’s skim milk is skim milk, not imitation

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A small, all-natural dairy isn’t being deceptive when it calls its skim milk “skim milk,” a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a victory for the creamery that’s fighting the state’s demand to label the product “imitation” because vitamins aren’t added to it. The ruling overturns a decision last March when a federal judge sided with the Florida Department of Agriculture, which said the Ocheesee Creamery couldn’t label it’s skim milk “skim milk” because the state defines the product as…

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Why does Florida use pass/fail for health inspections, not actual grades?

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After a local news outlet reported seven Tampa Bay-area Publix grocery stores failed health inspections, the Department of Agriculture pulled all pass/fail grades and inspections from the online database. “I believe that the pass/fail system is unclear because if it’s a failure, why is it still open?” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam explained to WFTS-TV. Which raises the question: Why is the state using a pass/fail instead of a simple grading system? Most regions use either a letter or number grade for…

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Still more Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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Yet another batch of mosquitoes in Miami Beach has tested positive for the Zika virus. The results were in the same location “where five other samples had previously tested positive,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday. The latest positive sample of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes was from a trap located on West 49th Street in Miami Beach, according to a news release. The county’s Mosquito Control team “will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as…

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Today on Context Florida: Scott’s record of shame, Windows 10, hurricane gerrymandering and Lake Point

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts tallies up Rick Scott’s scorecard of shame when it comes to the environment. Her personal favorite is the $174,078,574 in designated Amendment 1 money for salaries and overhead in the Department of Agriculture, DEP, FWC and the Department of State. The state is supposed to be paying salaries and insurance anyway, Roberts says, while pointing out that subsidizing the Department of Agriculture in its aiding and abetting of big polluters is just moronic. And contrary…

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Florida Forest Service honors wounded veterans with no-cost Memorial Day activities

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Wounded veterans across Florida will boat, fish, hunt, and more at no charge during Memorial Day in the fourth annual Operation Outdoor Freedom, a program sponsored by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ state Forest Service. Outdoor Freedom honors wounded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces by providing no-cost recreation and rehabilitation opportunities in state forests and private lands, including guided hunting events and fishing trips. Last year, more than 650 wounded veterans participated…

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