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 can be focused on to …

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Senate Bill 10 Could Severely Impact Lake Okeechobee Communities

Abbey 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 purchase of 60,000 acres of …

Learn How to Grow Plants Without Soil at Hydroponic Farming Workshop

Abbey Taylor Technology, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu LIVE OAK, Fla. — Do you want to know how to grow plants without soil? More and more, people want to start a hydroponic farming business. To meet that demand, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension will host workshops this month to get you going. This marks the ninth straight …

Florida Pomegranate Association Hosts 2017 Growers Meeting

Abbey 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 Andrew Koeser of the GCREC. …

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abbey 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 with AgNet Media about the …

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, …