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Bee Against Monsanto plans actions for Pollinator Week listen

06/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Bee Against Monsanto, March Against Monsanto, bees, Monsanto, pollinators, food, agriculture, farms

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Many plants that produce important fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on pollinators like bees. Next week is Pollinator Week but a local bee advocacy group is planning an edgier celebration by going a bit against the pollen grain.

They plan actions beginning tomorrow in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park for Pollinator Week.

WMNF interviewed Kriz Partridge, an organizer with Tampa’s Bee Against Monsanto.

"An official Pollinator week was put on by the Pollinator Partnership and it runs from Ju...

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Climate change means challenges for Florida agriculture: scientist listen

05/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: agriculture, climate change, farms, Florida

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You’ve probably heard about changes that could be in store because of climate change to sea levels, summer heat waves and intense hurricanes; but how will disruptions to the climate affect Florida’s agriculture industry?

To answer that, WMNF spoke with Jerry Hatfield, the director of the National Lab for Agriculture and Environment in Iowa. He was a lead author for the agricultural chapter of the recent National Climate Assessment.

"If you look at Florida, now you're talking about a t...

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Farmers markets to get big boost thanks to Farm Bill listen

05/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Farm Bill, farms, farmers market, USDA, agriculture

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The USDA is pumping almost $80 million into local food programs. Department secretary Tom Vilsack announced a program during a conference call Thursday that will offer $30 million in grant money for things like farmers markets. The rest of the funding will guarantee loans for small and medium-sized agriculture businesses.

“The industry loan program will clarify that these resources can now be used for an urban project so long as it’s benefiting rural producers.”

The funding is availabl...

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WNMF wins Water Wise award

02/04/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s WMNF 88.5 FM Sustainable Living program we started with a short interview about the upcoming (February 9th) Urban Small to Large Farm Conference that takes place at the Pinellas County Extension Service, on 12520 Ulmerton Rd in Largo. Robert Kluson, the Sarasota Vegetable Extension Agent, filled us in on the details. He'll be teaching Chickens 101 at Saturday's conference. We spent the remainder of the show talking with a couple of WMNF volunteers, Paul & Gail Carroll that were i...

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Health & pasture based farms

01/07/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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To start today’s program we had the director of the Sumter County UF IFAS Extension Service Susan Kelly. She also the Coordinator for this year’s AGRItunity Small farms Conference in Bushnell (a little North of Tampa off I-75). This very affordable 1 day conference and has over 20 different classes to pick from. It’s coming up Saturday January 26. http://www.sumter.ifas.ufl.edu or 352-793-2728.

Next up we had the co-founder of the Weston A. Price...

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Politics meets the State Fair: Governor and Cabinet meet in Tampa on opening day listen

02/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Governor Rick Scott got to have some fun in Tampa at the opening day of the Florida State Fair today where he held a Cabinet meeting. Aside from tours and eating fried food, Scott also got kudos from Tampa Bay area locals.

At the cabinet meeting a group of about 50 Floridians wore shirts advertising their coalition: Put the Brakes on Accident Fraud. Austin Curry was one of many advocates waving signs thanking the Governor and Cabinet for their efforts to stop the loss of 1 billion dollar...

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Insects: the next threat to national security? listen

11/17/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to tighten borders in the name of national security. Airplane passengers and undocumented immigrants have spurred much of the national debate, but there is also concern that food imports should be monitored more closely.

Wednesday in Tampa industry specialists from the agriculture and food industry, law enforcement, the military and emergency management took a course o...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...

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Florida has no reporting requirements for controversial pesticide methyl iodide listen

05/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Methyl iodide is a controversial pesticide that has been approved for use in agricultural fields in Florida and California despite vocal opposition linking it to cancer and other ailments. Today is the last day the Environmental Protection Agency will take public comment on use of the chemical. But finding out where and how much methyl iodide is being used in Florida is a difficult task.

The EPA's public comment period on methyl iodide comes at the request of EarthJustice, a law firm wor...

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Sustainable Living: Capitalism

06/01/09 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Our very special guest on the Sustainable Living program was John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Sciences. John is the author of the books Sustainable Capitalism - A Matter of Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Sustaining People Through Agriculture, plus more books, papers and related media on the topic of sustainable economies and agriculture.

He addressed the question of sustainabl...

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