Rep. Roth Speaks Out About Educating the Public on Ag

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Rep. Rick Roth is gearing up for his second legislative session. As a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee, Roth has been attending several committee meetings to prepare for the 2018 session, which is set to begin in January. One of his goals is to raise public …

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee met Oct. 12 in Tallahassee to discuss hurricane damage. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave the opening remarks at the meeting, then held a press conference immediately afterward. In his comments, Putnam expressed his deep concern for all agricultural industries following Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Nate. In what Putnam called the “cruel irony …

Vegetable Growers Face Whitefly Challenges

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Southeastern vegetable growers face challenges due to whiteflies and the diseases they vector. Timothy Coolong, Extension vegetable specialist for the University of Georiga’s Tifton campus, said the whitefly pressure has been extremely high over the last year due to the mild Georgia winters. “The problem is the populations were so great this year that even if you get 75 or …

Commissioner Putnam Estimates $180 Million in Fruit and Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline for policymakers as they create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. …

Controlling Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Pests, Research, Top Posts

Caterpillars can wreak havoc on brassica crops, and as growers begin to put their brassicas and cool-season crops in the ground, it is important to have a strategic management plan in place to control these pests. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offers some management strategies that he has tested in Alabama, which small-scale growers can implement …

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 16 in Ocala

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

Contact: Renee Bodine, NRCS, Public Affairs Florida, Desk 352.338.9565. Gainesville, Fla. – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Marion County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2330 NE Jacksonville Road, North Hall Ocala, FL  34470. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from …

Research for Georgia Peach Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

Georgia peach growers and researchers are working alongside one another to manage issues with pests and chilling hours. SAN JOSE SCALE Brett Blaauw, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the department of entomology at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Clemson University, said that San Jose scale is one of the key pests peach growers are now facing. This scale …

Cucurbit Crop Concerns for Georgia Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Watermelon

Growers in Georgia are currently facing challenges when it comes to battling fusarium wilt and whitefly-transmitted viral diseases in their vegetable crops, such as watermelon and zucchini. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia, said heavy whitefly pressure is prominent right now as we move from summer into fall. Whiteflies vector viral diseases, such as …