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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Florida’s Citrus Harvest by the Numbers

By | July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The USDA just released the season’s final citrus forecast for Florida. It’s one that’s been greeted with both praise and dismay, a bit like winning a skirmish but still facing a difficult war. The forecast increased slightly—as it has for the several past months, in contrast with what’s par for the course since citrus greening started really taking a toll on harvest totals—but the overall citrus harvests have fallen far from the height of Florida’s citrus industry in the 1990s. Take a look at the progression of this year’s citrus forecasts for Florida, compared with industry highs. […]

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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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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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Farm Diversification Options for Florida Citrus Producers

By | January 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Farming and ranching are ventures fraught with pitfalls, and Florida has its fair share of difficulties and hardships. Considering factors such as fickle weather that can be hot as a furnace, dry as a bone, wet as a fish or downright dangerous, and Florida’s host of pathogens and pests, being in agriculture in Florida is hard. Case in point is the scourge of Citrus Greening. Due to the HLB bacteria, Citrus Greening has been slowly decimating the Florida citrus industry since it’s detection 10 years ago. […]

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The Agriculture Statistics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

By | November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings—either as you sit down to eat or as you dive into leftovers—I hope you took a moment to give thanks for the men and women in agriculture across our great country that made your meal possible. Explore these agriculture statistics about the ways and means [...]

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A Salute to Our Veterans and Agriculture

By | November 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

If you look at any ag operator/owner statistics, you’ll find that the overall number of individuals in agriculture is dropping and the average age or operators is rising. Essentially, if we are going to have all the warm bodies required to meet our country’s ag needs—and that of the world’s—in the future, then we need [...]

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Beware the Creepy-Crawlies of the Florida Ag industry

By | October 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

If you live in Florida, and work in the Florida ag industry or enjoy nature, then you’re likely used to creepy-crawly things like bugs, arachnids and various reptiles. The tropical nature of Florida’s climate certainly invites a broad spectrum of snakes, spiders and other less-than-welcome creatures. Compared with other states, it seems Florida gets the lion’s share of undesirable pests and creatures. […]

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The Safe Fruits and Veggies Initiative Makes Impact Using Scientific Data

By | April 28th, 2015|Agriculture, Community, Education, Uncategorized|

The Alliance for Food and Farming is making headway in the Safe Fruits and Veggies Initiative, which advocates on the behalf of U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The Alliance was started in 1989 by a group of agriculture associations in response to a 60 Minutes story about a pesticide used on apples. […]

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