Latest Florida Citrus Season Seems Ripe for Success

By |2018-11-13T08:52:20+00:00May 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 [...]

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Florida School Gardens Growing Ag in the Classroom

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22+00:00May 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 [...]

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Celebrating Lovely Trees on Arbor Day

By |2016-05-31T10:51:35+00:00April 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 [...]

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Help Pollinators and Ag With a Window Box

By |2016-04-13T13:18:00+00:00March 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 [...]

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Cover Crops Offer Bang for Your Agriculture Buck

By |2016-03-30T14:25:53+00:00March 21st, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Cover crops have grown quickly in esteem in the agriculture industry, and for good reason: they offer a lot of advantages on the farm and the ranch both. While cover crops have many benefits, like most things in agriculture, they do take some time and effort to reap all the rewards they offer. […]

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Road Map Aims to Reduce Food Waste

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22+00:00March 18th, 2016|Agriculture, Business, Education|

Researchers predict that we’ll be a population of 9 billion or more and counting by 2050, and each and every one of those mouths will need to eat. It’s an issue that the powers that be are attempting to solve proactively, and there are many avenues identified already for attacking such a problem. From GMO [...]

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USDA Expands Insurance for Organic Agriculture

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22+00:00March 14th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Organic agriculture is a rising star in the U.S. agriculture landscape at the moment, and the demand for organic produce and products is expected to continue to grow . Organics are also a viable option for many farmers and ranchers looking to essentially diversify their operations and afford some measure of stability against volatile agriculture markets. [...]

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Geothermal Greenhouses Allow Agriculture to Sprout Up Anywhere

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22+00:00February 29th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Florida and other southern states have a corner on the majority of the plant-based agriculture market for one common reason: the tropical nature of their respective growing seasons. In short, states like Florida, California, Texas and more are the best places to grow fruits like oranges, various vegetables and other plant-based produce because their growing [...]

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Florida Strawberry Growers Get a Boost with Program

By |2016-02-29T12:30:49+00:00February 29th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

As a guest columnist for Central Florida Ag News magazine, this article of mine was recently published in the February 2016 edition. If you’ve been anywhere near a grocery store produce section in the last few years, then you’ve likely seen the “Fresh From Florida” label on everything from strawberries and oranges to chicken and [...]

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A Look at the USDA’s BioPreferred Program

By |2018-11-13T08:52:22+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

There’s no arguing that petroleum and petroleum-based products are damaging to our environment. To further our country’s use of pertroleum-free biobased products, the USDA started the BioPreferred Program in 2002. The program was later expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. In February 2015, the USDA announced a new product—Tide PurClean—to the 2,500 products [...]

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