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Fundraiser shows agriculture industry lining up behind Denise Grimsley

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The Central Florida citrus industry appears to be coming out in full force to support Sen. Denise Grimsley’s bid for Agriculture Commissioner. Grimsley is scheduled to hold a fundraising reception Florida’s Natural Grove House in Lake Wales on Feb. 28. While the invitation notes a host committee is still being formed, the backers listed on the invitations reads like a who’s who of the Central Florida agriculture and political leaders. Among Grimsley’s supporters: Bob Behr, the former commissioner and CEO…

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Vern Buchanan says citrus greening aid finally bearing fruit

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Congressman Vern Buchanan announced Monday federal money for citrus greening has been awarded to researchers working to find a cure for the devastating disease. In the most recent round of funding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $13.6 million to citrus greening research projects. The funding was made possible by a USDA program the Sarasota Republican fought to include in the 2014 farm bill, called the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. “Finding a cure for this destructive disease…

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House passes Vern Buchanan’s bill to aid Florida orange farms in their battle against citrus greening

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The U.S. House on Wednesday passed Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan’s bipartisan legislation to aid Florida orange growers in their battle against the predatory citrus greening disease. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Buchanan’s Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act will make it less costly for growers to replace trees damaged by citrus greening, an incurable bacterial disease that has infected 99 percent of Florida’s commercial citrus groves. “Help for Florida orange farmers is a major step closer to arriving,” Buchanan said.…

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Some Florida farmers eyeing hops as next niche crop

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With the state’s iconic citrus industry reeling due to a so-far incurable bacterial disease, some Florida farmers are eyeing a new niche crop that can tap into the country’s burgeoning beer-brewing business: hops. Hops are vining plants that produce pungent flowers or buds that for hundreds of years have been used by brewers as the building blocks of a beer’s flavor and aroma. The acids in hops produce bitterness, and the plants’ oils give beer a floral or citrusy aroma,…

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Adam Putnam to be honored at Friends of Florida Agriculture BBQ

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Feel like a barbecue? Want to meet Republican U.S. Senate candidates? If so, a Florida Grown event next month is the place to be. Florida Grown, the fundraising committee that will likely fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s 2018 gubernatorial bid, is hosting a Friends of Florida Agriculture barbecue on April 2. The event will is meant to honor Putnam, and will feature U.S. Senate hopefuls Ron DeSantis, Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Todd Wilcox. The barbecue will be held at Ben Hill…

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