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Florida Ag Finest: Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Winners

By | December 5th, 2016|Agriculture|

Each year around April the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) awards the prestigious Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award to three agriculture operations that stand out for their demonstration of “a sustained commitment to conserving Florida’s natural resources and improving our environment.” Florida ag has long known that it holds a stewardship role for the unique environments and ecosystems found throughout The Sunshine State. The Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award recognizes that continued commitment. […]

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Important Considerations For Establishing New Citrus Groves   

By | November 16th, 2016|Agriculture|

The incentive programs available for Florida citrus growers looking to replant or renovate their citrus groves are plentiful in Florida. The disease HLB, also known as citrus greening, has devastated Florida’s citrus industry since its detection in 2005, and the latest figures indicate that the Florida citrus industry will need to plant 20 million new citrus trees in the next 10 years to get production back to where it was before HLB. […]

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Florida Bees to Benefit from Pollinator Partnership

By | November 8th, 2016|Agriculture|

Bees and other pollinators are central to the success of our agriculture industry, so it’s always good news when steps are being taken to help bees and pollinators. Such an example is the recent partnership between The Wildlife Society and the Feed a Bee program, operated by life-science group Bayer: Science for A Better Life, that is creating such masterpieces through a series of native wildflower planting events to benefit bees and other pollinators. Florida bees will benefit along with bees in three other locations through the planting of 50 million wildflower seeds. […]

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Study Identifies Ornamental Plants with Potential to Benefit Bees and Others

By | October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

There’s no denying that bees and other insects are vastly important to our lives. From pollinating the bulk of our agriculture crops to benefiting the environment, bees and other beneficial bugs are vital to our way of life. In an effort to protect pollinators like bees and other beneficial insects, one study looked into using flowering ornamental plants to create beneficial insect communities. These communities would act as habitat refuges for insects such as pollinating bees, wasps, and predatory plant bugs. […]

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The Optimism of the Initial Citrus Forecast for Florida

By | October 15th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

The latest citrus forecast issued by the USDA was released October 12th, and it included a few surprises. Make no mistake, the Florida citrus industry needs help, and the initial citrus forecast showed that. However, it did offer a few rays of hope for the future of the Florida citrus industry. […]

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Hurricane Matthew Gives Florida Citrus Industry a Pass

By | October 11th, 2016|Agriculture, Community|

Hurricane Matthew threatened the state of Florida with category 3 and 4 hurricane-level winds during the first week of October, adding salt to the Florida citrus industry wound that is citrus greening. The storm had the potential to cause devastation on a grand scale to the state’s citizens and infrastructure.  Florida’s citrus industry feared the [...]

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Safety and Downed Power Lines After a Storm

By | October 8th, 2016|Agriculture, Community|

Thankfully Hurricane Matthew didn’t bring the level of devastation it was capable of, but it did leave many people without power. It’s a good time to review safety around the downed power lines and electrical wires that are likely all over the east coast of Florida. Following hurricane protocol, you hopefully unplugged any electrical equipment [...]

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Growers Find Ally in Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act

By | September 29th, 2016|Agriculture, Law|

Florida’s citrus industry is in dire need of a turnaround, so the passage of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act is the best of news. It’s the latest in a line of news items that seem as if the Florida citrus industry may be on the brink of a welcome improvement. […]

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Hops Could be Cropping Up for Florida Growers

By | September 22nd, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

The craft beer industry is growing quickly, and a UF/IFAS research team is exploring whether Florida growers could benefit from the growth of this niche industry through supplying this much-needed crop to large and small breweries. The research was started in the backyard of UF horticulturist Brian Pearson, who wanted to see if he could grow hops for his own beer-brewing hobby. Florida growers and local breweries alike have expressed interest in growing hops in The Sunshine State. […]

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Bactericide Study Results Look Promising

By | September 21st, 2016|Agriculture|

Florida citrus growers have been using two different bactericide formulas since spring of this year when the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FLDACS) obtained an emergency use declaration for the treatments. The EPA recently seconded that in August by approving the use of the bactericides. The results of a recent bactericide study seem to indicate that Florida’s citrus industry is on the right track with one bactericide at least. As all of the Florida citrus industry has been hoping, the results of the study indicate the bactericide shows real promise in controlling the bacteria that causes citrus greening, or HLB. […]

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