Rise in lake level helps lake’s ecology

WEST PALM BEACH — The past month’s increase in the level of Lake Okeechobee was good for the lake’s marshes, according to SFWMD Water Resources Division Director Lawrence Glenn’s ecological conditions report at the Aug. 13 SFWMD Governing Board meeting. Lake Okeechobee had a 1.2 feet increase in lake stage since last month, he said. […]

EPA website has list of cleaners that kill COVID-19

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to update the list of cleaning products that have been proven effective against the COVID-19 virus. For the complete list of more than 400 products go online to epa.gov. “During this pandemic, it’s important that people can easily find the information they’re looking for when choosing […]

Updates about 2020-2021 waterfowl hunting

By Tony YoungFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission This year, waterfowl hunting opportunities created by permit holders who don’t show up for morning stormwater treatment area hunts will be distributed differently. Almost half the hunters who draw STA morning-hunt waterfowl permits don’t show up for the hunt. Because of this, large crowds of hunters gather […]

COVID-19 positive rates vary around lake

The rates of positive results from COVID-19 tests being conducted throughout all the counties in the Lake Okeechobee region are curiously out of whack with each other, and after five solid months do not seem to be approaching any sort of equilibrium or middle ground. From top to bottom in those rankings among the five […]

A season to celebrate the people who feed us

Guest CommentaryBy Hugh English Every year at this time, Florida agriculture reflects on its past and identifies a few of the remarkable men and women of our community for special recognition. We submit the names and accomplishments of those who have contributed their time, talents and resources for the benefit of the agricultural community and […]

Early voting under way in primary election

Early voting is under way for the August primary election. • In Okeechobee County, early voting continues daily through Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 304 N.W. Second Street in Okeechobee. • In Glades County, early voting continues daily through Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m. […]

SWFRPC receives EDA CARES Act funding for coronavirus response, recovery and long-term economic resilience planning

By Margaret WuerstleExecutive director, SWFRPC FORT MYERS — The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC), a government agency encompassing the six counties of Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades, recently received $400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support economic resilience efforts across the region directly related to the […]

Feds having hearings on seasonal, perishable produce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered opening remarks Aug. 12, at the first of two virtual hearings to discuss foreign trade practices that may be harming American growers of seasonal and perishable produce. Additional representatives from USTR, USDA, and […]

Alzheimer’s Association’s Brain Bus offers virtual programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Brain Bus is here to help. This statewide outreach initiative raises awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementia from any device connected to the internet. Programs are led by trained dementia experts and will address the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health, risk reduction, how to receive an accurate diagnosis […]

Rules developed for EAA reservoir water

WEST PALM BEACH — How will the water stored in the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir be used? The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board met online for an EAA Reservation Rule Development Workshop on Aug. 6. Jennifer Brown with the Office of Counsel explained the statutory process for water reservations. Florida Statute 373.223(4) […]