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All students in 48 Florida counties will be eligible for free lunches after the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to help communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting the role he played in what’s being hailed as the largest land transfer ever from the federal government to a historically black college or university.

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To kick off her North Florida Farm Tour, Congresswoman Gwen Graham is delving into the experiences of modern farmers.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is getting a federal grant to step up protection efforts for some of the state's threatened and endangered species.

The Commission wants to use the $370 million federal grant to target the gopher tortoise, Florida panther and Florida grasshopper sparrow.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it’s creating an emergency plan to coordinate research on a disease ravaging Florida’s citrus crops. Citrus greening infects most of Florida’s commercial orange groves and threatens a  $9 billion industry.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday the federal agency needs to better coordinate with state and local officials and people in the citrus industry to fight back. The department has spent $250 million over the past four years – that’s in addition to millions in industry-funded research.

New rules on what can and can’t be served on cafeteria trays are going in effect for the start of a new school year.  The menu calls for more fruits and vegetables, and the state is working to encourage kids to those fruits and veggies instead of throwing them away.

Healthier meals don’t have to spell the end of traditional lunch stables like pizza and French fries. That’s according to Robin Safley, health of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s school nutrition department. She says the new rules just mean schools will have to get creative in the kitchen.