Education Funding Struggles in Florida Session

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The Florida Legislature is meeting for a special session June 7–10 to resolve funding that was not agreed upon during the regular 2017 session. The funding issues include dollars toward the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) as well as the Florida 4-H program, which Governor Rick Scott vetoed during the regular session. The Florida 4-H …

Blueberry Festival Raises Nearly $25,000 for Non-Profits

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Contact: Bill Coats, RCMA Director of Communications, (813) 376-8149; bill@rcma.org. UMATILLA – The seventh annual Blueberry Gleaning Festival at Spring Valley Farms raised nearly $25,000 for Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) and Ocala’s FreeD.O.M. Clinic. The festival on May 21 drew more than 500 guests to the rolling hills of Umatilla to pick their own blueberries and enjoy a barbecue …

Preparing for Predicted Active Hurricane Season

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a 45 percent chance of having a more active than normal hurricane season for 2017, which means more people, land and animals will be affected. NOAA forecasters also predict a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 storms that will be named during the 2017 season, with two to …

Surgically Strike Out Weeds that Impede Crop Growth

Jaci Schreckengost innovation, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that farmers can place fumigants in specific zones, rather than using a single treatment for every situation. For …

Farm Tours Highlight of Ag In The Classroom Summer Institute

Josh McGill Top Posts

The Alabama Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Summer Institute equipped 90 teachers to share the importance of agriculture with their students. Kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers from across the state participated in workshops and farm tours in Tuscaloosa and Hale counties May 31-June 2. For many teachers, including Trinity Presbyterian School’s Susan Brown, Thursday’s farm tours were the most exciting facet …

Pros and Cons of Organic Production

Abbey Taylor Organic, Top Posts

As the demand for organic products continues to rise, growers may consider transitioning their production systems to organic ones. Marty Mesh, executive director of Florida Organic Growers, discusses the benefits and challenges of organic production. According to Mesh, perhaps the biggest benefit of organics is that data proves organic growers have a better bottom line. Moreover, organic production can benefit …

Irrigation Insight for Young Pecan Trees

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a five-year research project on fertilization and irrigation of young pecan trees. Due to the increasing amount of new trees being planted in Georgia, there was concern over the lack of information regarding irrigation practices. Wells feared that young trees were being …

Georgia Department of Ag Hosts Produce Safety Training

Josh McGill Food Safety

The Georgia Department of Agriculture held its first Produce Safety Alliance grower training on May 31 in Tifton. Maggie Hart, training and outreach coordinator for the produce safety team at the Georgia Department of Agriculture, says she received a great response to the training. The training is a requirement of the new Produce Safety Rule. It requires someone in a …