DPI celebrates National Ag Day

By: Olivia Doyle Today is National Ag Day, celebrated each year during National Ag Week. On National Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America and partners involved in agriculture across the country including producers, associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and more, work together to recognize agriculture and its impact on the United States. National Ag … More DPI celebrates National Ag Day

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

By: Olivia Doyle National Invasive Species Awareness Week is occurs from February 25 to March 1, 2019. The goal of this week is to raise and spread awareness about the prevalence of invasive species in the United States, home to 50,000 exotic or non-native plant and animal species. Among that 50,000, around 5,000 are invasive. Invasive … More National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Valentine’s Day impact on Florida agriculture

By: Olivia Doyle Every year, February 14th causes people to shower their valentine with gifts, cards, candies and roses. Let us take a look at Valentine’s Day by the numbers for some surprising facts surrounding the holiday, its history, and the economic value of this romantic holiday for both Florida’s economy and abroad. Red roses are symbolic … More Valentine’s Day impact on Florida agriculture

Day in the Life – GALS Inspector, Alvaro Pertuz

This month in our “Day in the Life” series, we follow Alvaro Pertuz, an inspector working on the giant African land snail eradication program in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. A special thanks to Daniel Benjamin, Public Information Specialist, for following Alvaro for the day and contributing to the blog this week. Alvaro Pertuz has worked … More Day in the Life – GALS Inspector, Alvaro Pertuz

UF Student gets her start at DPI

DPI offers different internships ranging from lab technicians to communications and beyond. As this new year gets underway, we would like to introduce you to our newest intern at DPI. Meet Olivia Doyle, a communications intern in the technical assistance (TA) office at the Division of Plant Industry (DPI). Olivia is a junior studying at the University of … More UF Student gets her start at DPI

Don’t Pack a Pest – 2018 Recap

The Don’t Pack a Pest (DPAP) program experienced great success and progress in 2018. The Florida DPAP program was able to successfully launch partnerships with two Caribbean countries, Suriname and Trinidad.   Program coordinators were also able to establish partnerships with other Caribbean countries, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, St. Kitts, and Grenada. The Division of … More Don’t Pack a Pest – 2018 Recap

Giant African Land Snail – End of Year Recap

As 2018 draws to a close we reflect back on all we were able to accomplish in our giant African land snail (GALS) eradication program this year. In September, GALS reached a 7th anniversary milestone. Since that celebration, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry and the United States Department … More Giant African Land Snail – End of Year Recap