• It's time to prepare for the big game?  We'll show you the tips to keep your food safe.

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    It's time to prepare for the big game? We'll show you the tips to keep your food safe.

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  • Thirty adult female Key deer have new collars to help track New World Screwworm?

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    Thirty adult female Key deer have new collars to help track New World Screwworm?

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  • The Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC) is seeking volunteers to play disaster

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    The Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC) is seeking volunteers to play disaster "victims" for an upcoming mock disaster workshop in Hillsborough County?

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SART is a multi-agency coordination group consisting of governmental and private entities dedicated to strengthening all-hazard disaster capabilities through partnerships. Florida SART will support an effective and coordinated incident response for the animal and agricultural sectors in the State of Florida.

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New World Screwworm infestation in Monroe Co. New World Screwworm infestation in Monroe Co.

For the first time in 50 years, Florida confirmed an infestation of New World Screwworm in Monroe County. The screwworm maggots are devastating to livestock and other warm-blooded animals due to the fact they feed on living flesh. This infestation is primarily impacting the endangered Key deer on Big Pine and No Name Key, but it has been identified in some local pets. To prevent the spread of infected animals, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established an Animal Health checkpoint in Key Largo to inspect animals heading north into the Florida Peninsula. Along with inspection, an outreach program has been established with all the local veterinarians, animal shelters, pet associations, and a myriad of other entities that may come into contact with an infested animal. Those that come into contact with a suspected case of screwworms are asked to call 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352) to report the information. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is working aggressively to prevent the spread of and to eradicate this invasive pest. Additional information on the New World Screwworm including precautions you can take for yourself and your pets can be found online at www.FreshFromFlorida.com/Screwwrom.


USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation's citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. More ...


Enrollment Open: Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Course Enrollment Open: Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Course

The Awareness Level course gives students the knowledge necessary to work in an emergency animal shelter. This class provides expertise and practical experience required to become a professional More ...


Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Florida's Updated Citrus Crop Forecast Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Florida's Updated Citrus Crop Forecast

In January, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam provided an update on Florida's citrus crop forecast. This follows a similar statement by the U.S. Department More ...


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