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 School of Media and Public …

Florida Breweries Reap the Benefits of Local Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida has been on the rise. Hops could be a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. Production of Florida hops could not only benefit growers, but it could also benefit local beer breweries. Desiree Chubb, director of quality assurance at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke with AgNet Media about her involvement in …

Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop and Trade Show

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts

Author: Judy Biss The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) publication “Keeping Bees in Florida,” reports “There are over 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida (as of June 2016). Nearly three quarters of these are considered ‘backyard’ beekeepers (0–10 colonies), while the remaining quarter are ‘sideline commercial’ or ‘commercial’ beekeepers (11–200 and 200+ colonies, …

Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today. “The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses. The Environmental Protection …

Georgia Citrus Association Holds First Annual Meeting

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

The Georgia Citrus Association held its first annual meeting in Tifton, Georgia today. The association’s president, Lindy Savelle, said the meeting was a huge success. The Georgia Citrus Association began in October with 27 members. Since then, the association has grown. Savelle says that there were over 275 people in attendance for the meeting. There were also 21 vendors and …

UF Students Present Solutions to Global Issues at One World 2017 Competition

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Dana Edwards, 352-392-1963, dana.edwards@ufl.edu Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu Drew Carlton, 239-850-1995, drewcarlton1414@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will populate Earth. The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Challenge 2050 project aims to contribute solutions to the challenges associated with this population rise, such as issues related to …

Have Your Voice Heard at the Florida Farm Bureau Legislative Days

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The Florida Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Legislative Days in Tallahassee. The bureau’s director of state legislative affairs, Adam Basford, is gearing up for the event and discussed the importance of attendance. The Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislative Days allows members and stakeholders in the agriculture industry to speak with their elected officials about Florida agriculture and issues concerning the …

Broward County Schools to Serve Students 40,000 Pounds of Plant City Strawberries

Abbey Taylor Strawberry, Top Posts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Broward County Public Schools will serve more than 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to their students over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program facilitated the purchase from Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fla., which is owned and operated …