The program is part of the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion federal coronavirus response package.
With Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing a stay-at-home order due to coronavirus which will begin at the end of Thursday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried offered a reminder that food and agriculture workers are exempt from it.
At the end of last week, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) advised farmers to utilize new flexibilities for crop insurance announced by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Dr. Trevor Smith, director of the Division of Plant Industry for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), will serve as the president of the Southern Plant Board for the next two years.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Division of Food Safety provided guidance to Florida food establishments on best practices to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
This week, Florida Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Mary Barzee Flores from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (FDACS), had a media event to highlight National Consumer Protection Week and share tips on staying safe at the gas pump, from avoiding credit card skimmers to mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced the treatment of lychee trees in Miami-Dade County, the first of eight Florida counties undergoing eradication, for lychee erinose mite (LEM) to protect trees and crops from severe damage.
The FDACS Division of Food Safety inspects and regulates more than 40,000 grocery stores, convenience stores, markets, and food manufacturing facilities in Florida. As of Tuesday, the Division of Food Safety has been in communication with the majority of these food establishments, as well as the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, to share food safety practices that protect public health.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and Commissioner Nikki Fried are raising awareness of consumer fraud, scams, and abuse during National Consumer Protection Week.
This week state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the launch of the new Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy (FACCE).