Southeastern Tea Navigates Through Labor Challenges

Abbey Taylor Labor, Research, Top Posts

Tea is an extremely popular beverage in the United States and around the globe. However, the market for tea can go beyond just consumption. For example, tea can be used in beauty products and essential oils. Its market value continues to rise, making it an attractive specialty crop option for growers. The Southeast may be the perfect place to grow …

UF Researcher Examines Nutrient Content in Soil

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

Florida soil can be an issue for growing crops like tomatoes and peppers due to the sand content, but researchers are continuing to look at how compost can change that. University of Florida Associate Professor and Vegetable Specialist Monica Ozores-Hampton says the use of compost has been studied for over 20 years. Due to the sandy nature of Florida’s soil, …

Putting Traps to the Test

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Alabama Extension has been testing a new precision agriculture product called Z-Trap. Z-Trap is a tool to help with integrated pest management. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, believes the mechanized trap can be a great tool for farmers. However, it does not come without its challenges. As most vegetable growers know, vegetables are very …

H-2A Contracts, Costs and Considerations

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The H-2A program is a guest-worker program that allows people from other countries to come to the United States on a visa as agricultural employees for temporary, seasonal work. Many industries are beginning to use H-2A due to uncertainty over the domestic labor supply, says Fritz Roka, an associate professor of agriculture economics at the University of Florida. Roka is …

Pomegranate Possibilities

Jaci Schreckengost Pomegranates, Top Posts

Despite the fact there is still a lot to learn about the growth of pomegranates in Florida, researchers are continuing to see the possibility of this fruit as a citrus alternative. Bill Castle, who retired from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in 2009, discovered pomegranates had been growing in Florida …

New Weed Management for Cole Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Cole Crop, Top Posts

University of Florida (UF) researchers are looking into new weed management techniques in cole crops and leafy vegetables to help benefit Florida growers. Peter Dittmar, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), received approval for two different Specialty Crop Block Grants from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). One …

EAA Farmers Thank Governor Scott

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Contact: Danielle Alvarez (786) 586-3989 dalvarez@mercuryllc.com BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Following Florida Governor Rick Scott’s visit to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), leaders from communities south of Lake Okeechobee expressed gratitude for the governor’s leadership and urged him to continue advocating for the region. The following community and business leaders released statements immediately following Scott’s visit to Belle Glade: Stephen Basore, of TKM Bengard …

New Grape Growers Conference in Georgia

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Extension agencies at the University of Georgia (UGA) are hosting their first New Grape Growers Conference on August 16 at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris. Melissa Mattee, a UGA county Extension coordinator, says the Georgia grape industry has been on the rise, which sparked the idea for the conference. Vineyards have been popping up around Georgia, especially in the …