Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The African honey bee (AHB) population has grown and will continue to grow in Florida due to its numerous pathways into the state and the lack of effective eradication products or techniques. To prevent stinging incidents, Look for bees and Listen for buzzing when working or playing outdoors and always be aware of your surroundings and potential hive locations. If attacked, Run away with your face covered get inside a car or building call a licensed pest control to remove the hive; dont attempt to remove it yourself. Seek medical attention if needed.
The Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award has been presented annually since 1994. The program spotlights the environmentally innovative farming practices of the state’s growers and ranchers. While nominees come from different parts of Florida’s agricultural industry, they all share a commitment to protect and preserve Florida’s resources while continuing to provide agricultural products for society.
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Learn about the history of the Cracker cattle and horses in Florida, and about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' efforts to preserve these historic breeds.
Learn more about Florida butterflies and moths on this page including butterfly gardening tips and photos. Butterflies and moths form the insect order Lepidoptera.
The Florida Energy Clearinghouse is a consumer-friendly portal to compare energy-saving technologies and learn more about energy usage, energy production, renewable energy technologies and research being conducted in Florida.
Learn about the changing energy sector and how Florida can prepare to take advantage of future economic opportunities. The Florida Energy Summit brings together energy leaders from across the state and around the nation to share ideas on diversifying the state's energy sources, spurring economic growth and promoting energy conservation.
Scientists consider the giant African land snail (or GALS) to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas because they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments. GALS are illegal to import into the United States without a permit. If you have seen one of these snails, please contact the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) helpline 1-888-397-1517.
Several species of whiteflies continue to infest South Florida landscapes, causing hardship for homeowners and the commercial industry. Information on these exotic invasive species and how to manage them can be found at the links provided. For more information, contact your county Extension office http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/find-your-local-office/ or call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry helpline at 1-888-397-1517.
Since 1985, women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture have been honored with the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award. Recipients of the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism, and agricultural education and outreach. The award is presented to the recipient during the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The nomination deadline is June 1.