Alabama Bee Biodiversity Initiative Partners with Auburn Dining Team

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The Bee Biodiversity Initiative, headquartered at Auburn University, is teaming up with the school’s dining team to recreate a true and local farm-to-table lifestyle. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, said the project has gone beyond bees and more into human land use, which inspired the initiative’s partnership with the Auburn dining team. “When it comes …

USDA Designates Eight Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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In response to a request from Debby Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Brevard Hillsborough Manatee Seminole Collier Lake Sarasota Sumter Farmers and ranchers in …

An Update on Diamondback Moth

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Hugh Smith, assistant professor of vegetable entomology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently completed research on diamondback moth patterns and insecticides to try to combat these pests. In previous seasons, the diamondback moth has been a concern for cabbage, collard greens and Asian vegetables. Smith said it was nearly …

Demand for Organics Continues to Rise

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The demand for organic products has been increasing since the 1990s. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, says organics are the fastest growing sector of the agriculture industry. According to Mesh, large increases in the demand for organics began in the 1990s. Since then, organic production has seen a yearly increase in demand, sometimes in the double digits. …

Florida Is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners Are Doing About it

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year, according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if the rainy season starts soon, …

Florida Farmers Turn Out for Putnam in Large Numbers

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made his bid for the governor’s office official last week, following up the announcement from his hometown of Bartow with a whirlwind bus tour of the state from one end to the other. I caught up with Putnam at the end of his final tour stop at a farm in north-central Florida for a sit …

UGA Associate Professor Publishes Pecan Book

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Lenny Wells, an associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a book about pecans. When Wells first began his career at UGA, he had the chance to sort through old documents, letters and journals about pecans and pecan production dating back to 1902. “It hit me that this was a very …

AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — An Epilogue

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By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President I recently connected with Max Armstrong, host of the nationally syndicated “This Week in Agribusiness” television program, for a fast-paced rural area and farm tour in Central Florida. It turned out to be a great opportunity for all involved, especially for Florida, which deserves more and better national media attention as an …