A Way to Save Water

Kelsey Fry Environment, Technology, Top Posts, Water

Variable-rate irrigation may be a grand step forward in the sustainability efforts of agriculturalists. Charles Barrett, regional water resources Extension agent for the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, says, "The technology itself has been around for a while, but it's starting to gain some traction." Variable-rate irrigation allows for control over the center pivot. The…

Tips for Efficient Nutrition Application

Kelsey Fry Environment, Research, Top Posts

Soil nutrients may not always be available in adequate amounts for optimal crop production. Supplying the necessary nutrients can boost crop production and help minimize the risk of loss of nutrients to the surrounding environment. Farmers are being encouraged to use best management practices (BMPs), and legislation is cracking down on the issue. Certain areas…

Negron

Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Sugar, Top Posts

Florida's 2017 legislative session starts today, March 7. A major issue to be discussed during the session is Florida Senate President Joe Negron's land acquisition proposal. Sugar farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) are fighting for their land as Sen. Negron's proposal moves through the Senate and the House. Senate Bill 10 proposes the…

Florida Pomegranate Association Hosts 2017 Growers Meeting

Abigail Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association hosted its annual growers meeting on March 3 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida. The meeting included presentations on 2016 research projects involving pomegranate disease and nutrient management, as well as information on pomegranate juicing equipment. Attendees also experienced a hands-on pruning class led by…

Negron Tries to Bolster Case for Water Proposal

Josh McGill Industry News Release, Legislative

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 2, 2017......... It is "highly unlikely" Florida will get federal officials to turn over control of water releases from Lake Okeechobee, and the state will not get repaid if it advances money to fix the lake's Herbert Hoover Dike, Senate President Joe Negron…

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke…

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…