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Laurel Wilt Scouting Recommendations

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Pests, Top Posts

Laurel wilt has proven to be deadly to avocado trees. This fungus is spread by a nonnative insect, the redbay ambrosia beetle. Once infected, the fungus can spread to other trees through roots and improper sanitation. Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, says because the disease moves quickly, identifying its symptoms in the grove …

Trump Threatens to Pull Out of NAFTA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

During a rally in Arizona on Tuesday, President Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will “probably” be terminated at some point. This comment comes after one week of renegotiation talks between trade representatives for the United States, Canada and Mexico. “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage …

Farm Labor Contractors Help Make H-2A Affordable

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts

With the fear of a domestic labor shortage of agricultural workers in the United States, many growers are turning to H-2A for a guaranteed labor supply. H-2A is a guest-worker program that brings employees from other countries to agricultural worksites in the United States. The downside of this program, however, is the cost. Fritz Roka, associate professor of agriculture economics …

U.S. Secretary of Ag Comments on NAFTA Renegotiations

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

On August 16, renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) started in Washington, D.C. Established in 1994, NAFTA is a free-trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Throughout his campaign, President Trump expressed his distaste for NAFTA and vowed to abolish it. Since being elected, he has changed his mind-set to renegotiation rather than termination. …

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

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts

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 …