Hydroponics to Improve Yield, Minimize Water Use

Abbey Taylor innovation, Top Posts

Hydroponic growing systems are a means for growers to potentially improve yield, says Davie Kadyampakeni, an assistant professor at the Citrus Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. These systems are a way for farmers to grow crops without soil by using water and a nutrient solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Alternative Farming Systems Information Center defines …

From the Family Farm to UF/IFAS: The New chair of Environmental Horticulture

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When he was 4, Dean Kopsell moved with his family to a 200-acre nursery in northern Illinois. He spent days roaming the farm, wading in the creek that ran through the property and playing in the barns. In high school and college, Kopsell worked summers with his dad, selling shade trees and …

Do You Love Watermelons in the Hot Summer? UF Scientists Are on the Case

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Consumers increasingly savor the convenience and taste of seedless watermelons, said Xin Zhao, a University …

Research Money Prioritized for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

During the first listening session to discuss the 2018 farm bill, continued or increased research programs were a common topic of discussion for the growers and ranchers in attendance. John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau, said Florida received $31.2 million from specialty crop block grant programs from 2008 to 2015, which included money for research and marketing. He …

EPA Administrator Visits Southeast Agriculture

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is visiting the Southeast this week, bringing his Back-to-Basics positive environmental agenda with him. He visited Alabama and Georgia, where he was joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Pruitt discusses his trip and Back-to-Basics initiative. “It’s been a wonderful two days,” Pruitt says. He started his trip yesterday in Alabama …

Grower Gives Farm Bill Input on Labor and Research

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Labor was a hot topic during the farm bill listening session on June 24 in Gainesville, Florida. The meeting was an opportunity for growers and industry leaders to voice their opinions on what they would like to see in the 2018 farm bill. Danny Johns of Blue Sky Farms is a fourth-generation potato farmer, a Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association …

House Agriculture Committee Holding Specialty Crops Hearing

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The House Committee on Agriculture has announced it will hold a committee hearing next Wednesday, July 12, titled “The Next Farm Bill: Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops.” Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement: “Specialty crop production is a pivotal and growing sector of our agriculture industry. As we look at the farm bill through the …

Air Potato Patrol Mobilizes Public in Recon of Problem Plant

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Florida, air potato is a state-wide problem, but the battle against the invasive plant starts in greenbelts and back yards, according to scientists with the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Experts are calling on the public to join the Air Potato Patrol, a citizen …