Newest Florida Blueberry and Colorado Animal-Cruelty Initiative
**April is a sure sign of spring in the Sunshine State and the best time to find ripe Florida blueberries.
Patricio Muñoz, University of Florida assistant professor, developed Florida’s newest blueberry variety called the “sentinel,” in honor of Florida blueberry pioneer Alto Straughn.
Muñoz tells www.floridafarmbureau.org the sentinel provides farmers a new opportunity to produce during the best market window and the sweet berry ranked high in University taste tests.
**Ranchers are keeping a wary eye on a proposed Colorado animal-cruelty initiative.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, animal-welfare advocates are trying to get the Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation, or PAUSE, initiative on the November 2022 ballot.
Critics say the measure would ban artificial insemination and other commonly accepted veterinary practices and would ban the slaughter of livestock younger than about five years old.
With title language approved, backers will now begin gathering the 125,000 signatures they'll need to put Initiative 16 before voters.
**The Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal nutrition program run by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service, has decided to expand TEFAP to include a presorted, prepackaged fresh produce box.
According to www.thepacker.com, the federal program helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.