Improving Water Conservation in Florida

By | June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Water conservation is an important topic in Florida, and there are many in The Sunshine State who could be doing more to help conserve water. However, one of the most promising groups for water conservation targeting may be those who already conserve water in some measure, but who could stand to improve. According to a recent study led by Laura Warner, an assistant professor of agricultural education and communication with US/IFAS, those people who already conserve water but could do better are the best group to target when looking to increase water conservation. […]

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The Latest in Citrus Greening Research

By | June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

With every report of citrus greening’s destructive toll, there’s also a story of how researchers and scientists are working alongside growers and others in the industry to beat the disease once and for all. Read up on the latest developments in citrus greening (HLB) research. […]

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The Importance of Ag Education

By | May 24th, 2016|Agriculture, Business, Education|

Agriculture is in need of warm bodies in the industry, with vacancies in the scientific and technical side of agricultural employment growing rapidly. It’s one reason why ag education is so important. Traditional ag education classes that pair with organizations like 4-H, Future Farmers of America and others—both in and out of public school classrooms—are touted for their ability to reach kids from diverse backgrounds and get them interested in agriculture. One college program in California is having a profound effect on a group already immersed in agriculture: the children of farm workers. […]

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Florida’s Prolific Ag Pests

By | May 17th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Florida agriculture may be one of the strongest in the nation, but the tropical climate, abundant sunshine and plentiful rains (barring drought!) that created a land so favorable to agriculture also welcome a lion’s share of pests and pathogens to attack the fruits of The Sunshine State’s labors (and the vegetables, nuts, livestock and so on). In Florida, agriculture is a big business, and ag pests are a big deal. […]

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Latest Florida Citrus Season Seems Ripe for Success

By | May 13th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

It’s common knowledge that Florida’s citrus industry is in the fight of its life. The industry has been fighting against HLB—also known as citrus greening—for a decade, and things aren’t going too well. However, the last few months have seen some successes that seem to indicate this year’s Florida citrus season is poised for good news. […]

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Florida School Gardens Growing Ag in the Classroom

By | May 2nd, 2016|Agriculture, Community, Education|

According to the statistics, school gardens are NOT too cool for school, as a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) review counts about 1,300 school gardens growing in The Sunshine State alone. A recent study by Karla Shelnutt, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension nutrition specialist and Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences and Kohrine Counts, a dietetics intern and master’s student at UF/IFAS,  showed that Florida’s school gardens are helping to put ag in the classroom and fresh produce into the students’ diets. As an added bonus, school gardens have a whole host of additional benefits for all those involved. […]

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Celebrating Lovely Trees on Arbor Day

By | April 29th, 2016|Agriculture, Community|

“I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree…” So goes the first two lines of poet Joyce Kilmer’s 1914 poem “Trees,” an homage that could be the official verse of Arbor Day. Originally set aside to encourage the planting of trees in the 1800s—a practice that is as old as civilization itself, according to the history of Arbor Day by the National Arbor Day Foundation—Arbor Day is now a day to celebrate, advocate and educate; and yes, still a day to plant trees. […]

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Environmental Efforts of the USDA

By | April 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is a household name in the U.S., though this large department of the government is best known for their work in the agriculture setting, but the reality is that the USDA does so much more. In addition to agrarian efforts, overseeing nutrition in public settings and administering [...]

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Five Tips for Going Green That Will Save You Green

By | April 4th, 2016|Community, Education|

You’d have to have been living under a rock the past few years not to understand that the Earth needs our help. From Global Climate Change and greenhouse gases to plastics in the ocean and animal species on the brink of extinction, we should all be ‘going green’ and changing our ways, or we will face some pretty dire consequences down the road. […]

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Help Pollinators and Ag With a Window Box

By | March 28th, 2016|Agriculture, Community, Education|

It’s no secret that pollinators are of vital importance to the country’s agriculture industry, and most people have heard that many pollinators—such as honeybees and Monarch butterflies—are in trouble. Similarly, those pollinators that aren’t experiencing troubles like reduced numbers or documented colony collapses are needed to take up the slack of those that are in dire straits. […]

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