A bill aimed at making the hemp plant an agricultural option for farmers across the state took a second step forward Monday, passing unanimously through the Senate agriculture committee. Bill sponsor Sen. Rob Bradley said this bill aims to make Florida a “pioneer" when it comes to the burgeoning crop. The Fleming Island Republican’s SB 1020 authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to administer a state hemp program and sets up rulemaking and a board of experts to develop the system. The idea is modeled after what Kentucky has done to revitalize farmland once used by the tobacco industry, Bradley said. Hemp, a form of the cannabis plant, contains only trace amounts of THC — the naturally occurring component in marijuana that produces a high — and uses less water and fertilizer to grow. Hemp has been cultivated for approximately 10,000 years, according to the University of Florida’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Project, and can be used for … [Read more...] about Will Florida become a hemp ‘pioneer?’ Senate panel gives hemp program the green light.
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On The Scene With Crystal Chanel The second weekend in March is circled permanently in red on my calendar because of Jazz in the Gardens. Jazz in the Gardens presented by Miami Gardens is almost a week-long celebration of music, culture and food that is being dubbed as “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.”. For me, it’s an opportunity to be empowered, network with successful people in my area, enjoy soul music and embrace Black culture. On Jazz in the Gardens weekend, I look forward to breezy Miami weather, sexy sun-kissed people enjoying the open-air concert and the beauty of our culture that permeates the Miami Gardens skyline. It’s all love as Mayor Oliver Gilbert and his team issue social media posts, press release alerts and radio ads announcing every event related to the Jazz in the Gardens festivities. It’s something to look forward to year after year and to be inspired by when you recall the … [Read more...] about Beyond the music, 14 years later, Jazz in the Gardens is still drawing audiences from near and far
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Joe has left us for greener pastures, bluer skies, and pristine waters to rest in the lushness of eternal comfort. Among his fishing partners will now be the two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew, Richard Pringle, Alphonso, and Sonny Porter, Carolyn’s cousin James. Joe won’t be with us when we go to Lake Okeechobee to catch Specs; he‘ll be fishing the ‘big waters’ in the Sea of Galilee. Yes, we will miss him in the woods and on the water. A great outdoorsman leaves the woods better than what he found them. The lessons he learns no matter the difficulty, he passes on to those he loves in sometimes painful ways. “It’s emotional at times to look through photos. My best … [Read more...] about The hunter, the fisherman and a friend- Josephus Eggelletion Jr.
USI’s provost search committee has invited four finalists for the provost position to visit campus next month. Chair of the provost search committee David Bower made the announcement Nov. 19, with interviews set to begin on Dec. 3. The position was left vacant late last year after former Provost Ron Rochon was chosen as USI’s fourth president. Rochon named former College of Business Dean Mohammed Khayum as Interim Provost shortly before the beginning of the semester. Each candidate will give a public presentation followed by a question and answer session. They will all give their presentation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. The presentations are open to the USI community. Keith Hargrove The first to present on Dec. 3 will be S. Keith Hargrove, dean of the College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Hargrove previously participated in Boeing Company Welliver … [Read more...] about University names four finalists for Provost job
Washington – The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities announced today the names of 63 students from 54 HBCUs who have been selected as 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars – the Initiative's highest student recognition. Comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, Competitiveness Scholars are recognized for successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve long-term outcomes. Each was nominated and endorsed by their institution President, which itself is an honorable mention. They were selected from among several highly distinguished HBCU students chosen based on their academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos or "go-getter" spirit. In the course of their one-year term, Competitiveness Scholars will learn and share proven and promising practices that support individual and HBCU competitiveness, with the goal of strengthening prospects for career and life success. … [Read more...] about White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Announces 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars