June 25, 2022

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| 9/24/2015

The pesky fly threatening Florida’s massive fruit industry

Oriental fruit fly

Last week, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam declared a state of agricultural emergency due to an Oriental Fruit Fly infestation.

What's the biggest enemy to Miami-Dade County's $1.6 billion agriculture industry? A little fruit fly. Specifically, the Bactrocera dorsalis, or oriental fruit fly. The Oriental fruit fly is so dangerous because it affects over 400 different plants and fruits. More from the Washington Post, Newsweek, WFSU, and Inverse.

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South Florida's growing economy beats US average

For the third year in a row, South Florida's economy outpaced the U.S. average for metropolitan areas, according to data released Wednesday for 2014. Goods and services produced in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties grew 3 percent last year, compared with a 2.3 percent average increase in 381 U.S. metro areas. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Rising health deductibles take bigger bite out of family budgets

Health care costs continue to rise, and workers are shouldering more of the burden. The big reason? Skyrocketing deductibles. More companies are adding deductibles to the insurance plans they offer their employees. [Source: NPR]

Age discrimination tough to prove, but there are some signs

The recent recession was particularly hard on educated baby boomers, who comprised a large part of middle management in many organizations. As companies scrambled to cut costs they eliminated thousands of jobs, and these well-compensated managers were often the first to go. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

Craft beer a man's game? Not so fast, say female brewers

Women have always accounted for less than 20 percent of American beer consumption. But last year that number, according to Nielsen research, jumped to 25 percent. In the craft beer category, women now consume 32 percent. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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» Sierra Nevada Brewing picks Funky Buddha to create a beer


› Florida judge will try to sort out state's political mess
A Florida judge this week is going to try to sort out the political mess left due to squabbling over the state's 27 congressional districts. Judge Terry Lewis on Thursday will hold a trial where he will consider seven different maps.

› Scripps awarded Gates Foundation grant for HIV vaccine development
Scripps Florida scientists in Jupiter have been awarded nearly $6 million dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a revolutionary HIV/AIDS alternative vaccine that has demonstrated potential in animal testing.

› Port Canaveral agrees to cargo rail development
Port Canaveral commissioners this morning unanimously agreed to work with a private organization that proposes developing a cargo rail line from the port through Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

› The Company of Animals moves U.S. headquarters to Florida quarry
When your business is located in New England and facing another challenging winter, the Sunshine State has a nice ring to it. So as of Aug. 31, The Company of Animals completed moving its entire U.S. inventory from Bridgeport, Conn., to its new corporate stomping ground in Davenport, Fla.

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