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U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds federal contractor violated prevailing wage law at Tyndall AFB

PANAMA CITY, FL – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Coqui Disposal Services LLC – a disposal and janitorial service company and federal contractor at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, an area significantly affected by Hurricane Michael – has paid $22,335 in back wages to 46 employees for violating requirements of the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).

WHD investigators found that Coqui Disposal Services LLC violated the SCA by failing to pay janitorial employees the increased prevailing wage rates required after the contract renewed for the work they performed.

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Duke Energy Florida to build Its largest battery storage rpojects yet

Photo Courtesy: Duke Energy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 3, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Duke Energy Florida (DEF) today announced three battery storage projects, totaling 22 megawatts, that will improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages.

Collectively, the storage facilities will enhance grid operations, increase efficiencies and improve overall reliability for surrounding communities.

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Joint statement of Western Hemisphere agriculture Leaders

Participating in the meeting were: Argentine Secretary of Agroindustry Luis MiguelEtchevehere; Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply Tereza Cristina Dias; Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos; and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. (Photo: USDA)

Niigata, Japan, May 12, 2019  –  Western Hemisphere agriculture leaders met today on the margins of the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial in Niigata, Japan, affirming their intent to work together to champion global food security and agricultural trade on the basis of sound science and risk analysis principles.

Following the meeting, top agricultural officials from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States issued the following statement.

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USDA encourages producers, rural communities to prepare before hurricane season

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 – May 5 to May 11, 2019, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses of assistance we can provide should they be impacted by severe weather this hurricane season.

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.

In the event of hurricanes, USDA can provide a wide range of help to those impacted.

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USDA accepting applications to help cover producers’ costs for organic certification

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).

Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

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Fraud alert issued by Sheriff’s Office

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are currently investigating claims of organized fraud by Citrus County-based business Elite Roofing.

At this time, several potential victims have been identified throughout the state of Florida, as well as the East coast region.

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