Farming Basics Online Course Available

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—More people than ever are interested in giving farming a try.  In the past, people turned to farming family members for help. Today, most people are generations removed from farming. To help budding farmers get started, Alabama Extension now offers a free online course, Farming Basics. Launched Sept. 10, the course addresses critical…

Technology Increases Productivity

Breanna Kendrick Technology, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Some of the biggest advances in agricultural production happen due to technology. Kati Migliaccio, professor and chair of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida, focuses on some of the technology used to improve crops and how it helps get food from the field to the table.…

Florida Ag Water Challenges

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

By Tacy Callies and Ernie Neff At the Citrus Expo general session in August, Rich Budell of the Budell Water Group addressed water supply and quality challenges facing Florida agriculture. He summarizes some of the eye-opening statistics he presented. Budell says in a part of Central Florida, the 20-year water demand is estimated to be…

Alabama’s Produce Industry on a Growth Path

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Alabama fruit and vegetable industry has seen some tremendous increases over the past decade. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with Auburn University, chalks this increase up to a growing population in Alabama. Currently, fruit and vegetable production takes up about 7,000 acres of Alabama’s landscape. The industry is valued at about $161 million with a…

Tropical Storm Strikes Coastal Pecan Crop

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

Source: Alabama Farmers Federation A once-promising pecan crop bore the brunt of wind gusts and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Gordon, which downed trees, limbs and ripe pecans when hitting the Gulf Coast Sept. 4. In Baldwin County, the storm dropped nearly 9 inches of rain. Across the bay in Mobile County, rain totals were…

Citrus Expo Presentations Now Available

Abbey Taylor Produce, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 27th annual Citrus Expo saw great success as growers piled into the Lee Civic Center on Aug. 15–16 in North Fort Myers, Florida. Growers experienced the biggest trade show in Expo history, as well as newly added vegetables and specialty crops seminar sessions. The educational program, titled "Planting Tomorrow's Profits," featured presentations on the…