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|September 23, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Education, Events, FAPC, Farms, Healthy Eating, Kids, News, Produce, Uncategorized, Wine|
Consumer demand for locally grown foods and agritourism activities continue to rise. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, farmers’ markets in the United States have expanded by 180 percent since 2006, and on-farm agritourism events have increased by 24 percent since 2007. What is agritourism? The definition according to our Florida Statutes “means […] continue reading
|August 13, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Cattle, Education, Farms, Kids, News, Uncategorized|
The Florida Agriculture Museum is pleased to announce an addition to their Cracker cattle herd with the birth of a handsome red bull calf. Florida Cracker cattle are a part of Florida’s living history, being descendents of the first European breeds of cattle to arrive in the Americas. The Florida Cracker cattle breed is still quite […] continue reading
|May 1, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Education, Events, Farms, Kids, News, Uncategorized|
Summer is almost here and that means the season of fun is upon us. So, bring a picnic basket and some good walking shoes because the Florida Agriculture Museum is offering a great way to start off the season with Family Farm Day. They promise a whole lot of fun along with some old-fashioned history lessons about our rural […] continue reading
|April 24, 2015||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Education, Events, FAPC, Farms, Kids, News, Uncategorized|
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day was held on Tuesday April 21, but there is still time to read in a classroom this school year. Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam read a new non-fiction children’s book that highlighted Florida’s livestock and poultry industries to 4th grade students from Governor’s Charter Academy in the Senate […] continue reading
|April 15, 2015||Posted by Marisol under Advertising, Agriculture, Business, Events, FAPC, Farms, News, Uncategorized|
If you are a Florida agriculture producer who is interested in exporting to other countries, please attend the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ webinar series entitled “How to Export to Latin America.” You can learn how to get started from the comfort of your office. Each seminar will target different regions and tomorrow we […] continue reading
|February 1, 2013||Posted by Sarah under Agriculture, Events, News|
Commissioner Putnam recently moderated a panel discussion at the University of Florida about the history of Florida agriculture, titled “Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making.” If you haven’t heard, 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. Of course Florida’s fertile soil and bountiful lands made agriculture one of the […] continue reading
|August 18, 2012||Posted by Alyssa under Agriculture, Events, Farms, Gardening, News, Produce|
Saturday, August 18 was National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are small animals that are a part of a class called insects. They have been in existence for over 40 million years. A single bee colony can have anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 bees! The first National Honey Bee Day (NHBD), also known as National […] continue reading
Saturday, August 18 was National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are small animals that are a part of a class called insects. They have been in existence for over 40 million years. A single bee colony can have anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 bees!
The first National Honey Bee Day (NHBD), also known as National Honey Bee Awareness Day, was recognized August 11, 2009 by Thomas J. Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America. The holiday was started by beekeepers to bring together other beekeepers, bee associations and people of the community to advance beekeeping. The NHBD organization works year-round to promote awareness of the bee industry through education and promotion.
The honey bee industry is an important industry, not only to beekeepers, but to agriculture itself. Florida’s honey industry has an annual worth of $13 million. In addition, honey bees benefit our state’s fruit and vegetable industry, providing approximately $20 million in increased production numbers.
How you ask? Well, plants need to be able to pollinate. This means the male pollen must reach the female eggs in order to produce more plants. This transfer is referred to as pollination. Bees are capable of helping this process by moving pollen from one plant to the other. Without honey bee pollination, the food we eat could be decreased by 33 percent! Foods such as watermelons, cucumbers, squash, blueberries, strawberries, and many more would be affected.
To learn how you can help be a part of the solution visit the NHBD website at: www.nationalhoneybeeday.org
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