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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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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Newly Created Florida AgriTourism Association Offers Support to Florida Operators

By | September 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 operations, like farm tours, u-pick, corn mazes, harvest festivals and more. […]

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Bactericides Survey Needs Citrus Growers

By | July 7th, 2016|Agriculture, Business|

Florida’s citrus growers got some help in the fight against citrus greening (HLB) in March of 2016 when the EPA approved the emergency use exemption for bactericides. Through the Section 18 exemption, growers were given access to three different brand name products, Mycoshield, FireLine 17WP and FireWall 50WP, to use against citrus greening. Bactericides are [...]

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Florida Citrus Nurseries Try HLB-Free Growing Under Nets

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

There are many different innovations and treatments that are being tested by the Florida citrus industry for dealing with HLB, or citrus greening. One interesting concept is about to be put to real-life testing in two different Central Florida locations: Citrus Undercover Production Systems, or CUPS. A Florida Grower article details the efforts of two different CUPS groves being installed—one in Alturas and one in Lake Wales—this summer. […]

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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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Cover Crops Offer Bang for Your Agriculture Buck

By | March 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 | March 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 superfoods to indoor agriculture, it’s hoped that each avenue will be able to have an end result of more food reaching more people. One promising avenue is reducing food waste. […]

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