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USDA Launches New Local Food Hub Directory
If you're interested in finding healthy, locally grown and sold food but don't know where to look, check out the new USDA's National Farmers Market Directory offered through the Agricultural Marketing Service.  Check out this article from Anne Alonzo about the service along with links to various directories.  Easiest Way to Find Local Foods

Important Reminder for Citrus Growers!
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to offer financial assistance to qualifying Florida orchard and nursery citrus growers in response to the citrus greening (HLB) epidemic, as well as other eligible trees, bushes and vines affected by natural disasters, which includes disease.  The program is a permanent and retroactive assistance available to offset damages dating back to October 1, 2011.  The service, administered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), determines qualifying events and does have some eligibility requirements.  For complete eligibility information, a payment calculator, and to enroll in the program, please visit:  Tree Assistance Program - Florida Citrus Greening.  Also note, there is a deadline to enroll. The final date to submit an application and supporting documentation is January 31, 2015 to cover losses sustained on or after October 1, 2011, through the end of 2014 calendar year. To find out more information about FSA program, visit FSA online at

Phase 2 Water Restrictions for Pasco
It is still a good idea to check your irrigation time clock and make sure it is set properly.  Frequently we forget to change the clock time when we “fall back” or “spring forward” so make sure it’s reading the correct time.  Sometimes the clock is programmed to go off on the wrong day, so find out your day of the week to water on Pasco County's Web site.

Remember there is no watering allowed during the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and you can only water once on your watering day.

In the winter months, December through February, you can often times skip a week of watering, or if we are getting regular rainfall and seasonal temperatures, turn off the irrigation system.  Your can learn more about watering your lawn and landscape at

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