Wildfires Plague Florida During Dry Spell

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Wildfire season is currently at a high in Florida. Just last week, over 6,000 acres burned in Collier County. The fire left a portion of Interstate 75 shut down, and mandatory evacuations were ordered. Florida wildfires occur due to various reasons. Human intent is one of the main reasons, but dry weather and lightning strikes are also common fire starters. …

A Way to Save Water

Kelsey Fry Environment, Technology, Top Posts, Water

Variable-rate irrigation may be a grand step forward in the sustainability efforts of agriculturalists. Charles Barrett, regional water resources Extension agent for the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, says, “The technology itself has been around for a while, but it’s starting to gain some traction.” Variable-rate irrigation allows for control over the center pivot. The system forms a grid map …

Tips for Efficient Nutrition Application

Kelsey Fry Environment, Research, Top Posts

Soil nutrients may not always be available in adequate amounts for optimal crop production. Supplying the necessary nutrients can boost crop production and help minimize the risk of loss of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Farmers are being encouraged to use best management practices (BMPs), and legislation is cracking down on the issue. Certain areas can be focused on to …

Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop and Trade Show

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts

Author: Judy Biss The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) publication “Keeping Bees in Florida,” reports “There are over 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida (as of June 2016). Nearly three quarters of these are considered ‘backyard’ beekeepers (0–10 colonies), while the remaining quarter are ‘sideline commercial’ or ‘commercial’ beekeepers (11–200 and 200+ colonies, …

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Dan Cooper Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc. Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There …

6 Things to Know About EPA Review of Pyrethroids

Abbey Taylor Environment, Top Posts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting comments on the ecological risk assessments for pyrethroids and pyrethrins as insecticides. This evaluation is occurring as part of a registration review during which the EPA reevaluates registered pesticides to ensure they are not causing unreasonable harm to humans or the environment. Comments on the evaluation will be accepted until March 31, …

UF/IFAS Celebrates Arbor Day with Research, Extension Activities, Including Tree Giveaways

Josh McGill Environment, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck As Florida Arbor Day approaches on Jan. 20, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and research faculty are holding special commemorations and studying how to ensure trees help our environment and economy. “Arbor Day is a great time for everyone to be reminded of the importance of trees and forests in their everyday …