The Optimism of the Initial Citrus Forecast for Florida

By |2016-10-25T15:39:36-04:00October 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 |2016-10-11T22:23:29-04:00October 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 |2016-10-08T10:45:45-04:00October 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 |2018-11-13T08:52:19-05:00September 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 |2018-11-13T08:52:19-05:00September 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 [...]

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Bactericide Study Results Look Promising

By |2016-09-21T22:46:06-04:00September 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 [...]

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Newly Created Florida AgriTourism Association Offers Support to Florida Operators

By |2018-11-13T08:52:19-05:00September 7th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Agritourism is one of the fastest growing segments in Florida agriculture today. Agritourism operations in The Sunshine State are about to get some serious backup from the newly-formed Florida AgriTourism Association. It likely won’t be long before other states follow suit. The benefits of the Association are sure to be felt by the state’s agritourism [...]

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New Incentive to Renew Florida Citrus Groves

By |2018-11-13T08:52:19-05:00August 24th, 2016|Agriculture|

Many Florida citrus groves are in bad shape due to citrus greening (HLB). Recent surveys estimate that 80 percent of Florida’s citrus trees are infected with HLB. In some Florida citrus groves, the estimates are closer to 100 percent. Once infected, citrus trees’ fruit production begins to drop, and then the trees die. […]

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CRISPR Gene Editing Newest Development in HLB Research

By |2016-08-17T17:26:44-04:00August 17th, 2016|Agriculture|

It’s up to the scientific and HLB research community to save Florida’s citrus industry from citrus greening, also known as HLB. Since the bacterium that causes citrus greening was detected in a South Florida grove in 2005, the citrus industry has seen falling harvest totals and rising costs. A recent estimation from forecasters with the [...]

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An Ag Hurricane Prep Guideline for Your Farm or Ranch

By |2016-08-13T17:01:03-04:00August 1st, 2016|Agriculture|

The start of the Atlantic hurricane season was June 1st, but data shows that less than 15 percent of the season’s hurricanes are in June and July. As August begins, hurricane season starts to heat up. Those in the ag industry need to complete their ag hurricane prep if they have not already done so. [...]

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