Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

Giant African Land Snails (Source: Florida Dept. of Agriculture)

Senate Proposes Money To Fight Citrus Disease, Land Snails

The House and Senate have a slight budget gap dealing with the state’s fight against Giant African Land Snails, but a sizable chasm is ahead in funding to slow a disease infecting Florida’s orange crop.

03/19/2015

FORT PIERCE, FL - MAY 13:  Tangerines are seen in a bin as the citrus industry tries to find a cure for the disease "citrus greening" that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium, "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, from tree to tree on May 13, 2013 in Fort Pierce, Florida. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely. Steps continue to be taken to try and combat the disease but none have stopped the attack on the citrus business as it spreads from Florida to other citrus producing states.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

House Proposes $17.9 Million To Combat Citrus Disease

The fight against a disease infecting Florida’s oranges would get a hefty boost from a House spending proposal.

03/18/2015

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Scott, Cabinet Set New Agency Oversight Guidelines

A trio of agency heads whose necks have been on the governor’s chopping block earned a couple of extra months stay on Tuesday.

03/10/2015

FORT PIERCE, FL - MAY 13:  Tangerines are seen in a bin as the citrus industry tries to find a cure for the disease "citrus greening" that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium, "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, from tree to tree on May 13, 2013 in Fort Pierce, Florida. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely. Steps continue to be taken to try and combat the disease but none have stopped the attack on the citrus business as it spreads from Florida to other citrus producing states.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Disease Continues To Squeeze Florida Orange Forecast

Already forecast to be lower than last year’s yield, citrus greening has dropped this season’s orange production prediction even further.

03/10/2015

(Source: CBS4)

‘Let’s Get To Work’ Keeps Working

It’s been four months since Gov. Rick Scott cruised back into office, but to some it might appear that the campaign isn’t over yet.

03/05/2015

(Source: CBS4)

U.S. Sugar Land Buy A Tough Sell Among Lawmakers

A Senate-commissioned study could give hope to people who want the state to use a large chunk of voter-approved money for water and land projects to buy U.S. Sugar land in the Everglades before an October deadline.

03/03/2015

(Courtesy: Florida Department of Law Enforcement)

Media, Open-Government Groups Seek Answers On Bailey Ouster

Governor Rick Scott is getting pressure from media organizations and open-government advocates who filed a lawsuit over the ouster of Florida’s top cop.

02/04/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott  with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at an early voting rally in Tampa, FL on October 26, 2014. (Source: CBS4)

Scott Disputes That FDLE Leader Faced Immediate Ouster

Gov. Rick Scott’s office continued pushing back Monday against claims his staff forced longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey to resign immediately in December.

02/02/2015

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Dean Proposes Putting Conservation Money In One Pot

Money that Florida voters want to use for land and water conservation efforts would go into a single trust fund under a new Senate proposal, but lawmakers are still weeks away from deciding how they will use the money.

01/30/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gov. Scott Responds To Former FDLE Leader’s Comments

Gov. Rick Scott contends that the former Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner “resigned” on his own terms – and he is sticking to it.

01/23/2015

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