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…

Creating Captivating Farm Stories

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

"Telling the farm story" has become a staple form of outreach for agriculture. But making an impact from storytelling requires diligent construction of personalized scenarios to relay to the public. With a great story, one can effectively convey the correct messages regarding labor, environmental issues and the ever-changing political scenarios. Frank Sesno, director of the…

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New UF/IFAS Scientist Brings Latest Technology to Battle Against Invasive Species

Dan Cooper Research, Technology

by Robin Koestoyo, University of Florida/IFAS Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and train stations. Minteer,…

50th World Ag Expo in California

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The 50th anniversary World Ag Expo is currently underway at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. There are more than 1400 exhibits, with 26 million square feet of exhibit space. Last year more than 106,340 people visited the expo. The event is the culmination of the hard work of 25 staff members and 1200 volunteers. “It’s…

Students Have Unique Opportunity with HM. Clause and ASTA

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference on January 29–30 will be hosting the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Challenge 2050 Project. A group of 25 students have been selected to attend the conference. "They are being sponsored by HM. Clause, a large vegetable seed company here in the U.S. and globally," says…

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

Kelsey Fry Seeds, Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables

Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year's conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference's second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look…

New Weather Tool in the Works

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), discusses a new weather tool that is currently being tested to aid growers. "We're testing a chill accumulation tool that takes into account heating and cooling," says Lusher. According to Lusher, the tool is currently in the very early stages of testing and development.…