NRCS Application Deadlines Approaching

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Sign up for Wetland Reserve Easements Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a Wetland Reserve Easement until Jan. 13 for FY2017 funding. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial and technical assistance for landowners to purchase and restore wetlands. Applications are available online. Contact Crenel Francis, 352-338-9508 for questions and submissions   Application Deadline set for Agricultural …

Commissioner Putnam Launches Educational Video Series: The Science of Cooking

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam last week launched an educational video series titled “The Science of Cooking” to engage fifth- to eighth-grade students in the science in daily activities, such as cooking. The six videos, which can be viewed here, shift back and forth between a chef cooking a kid-friendly recipe that features Florida-grown products …

What Do You Know About Florida Peaches?

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The University of Florida’s (UF) Center for Public Issues and Education (PIE Center) is seeking to increase the marketability of Florida peaches. It hopes to do that through a marketing plan based on research to identify barriers among growers, shippers and consumers. In recent years the acreage of peaches in Florida has grown, but the popularity of Georgia and South …

Learn More About Florida’s Water Resources With New UF/IFAS Website

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GAINESVILLE, Fla, Jan. 3, 2017 — Are you concerned about how your water tastes? Do you want to know how much you use, or whether we’ll have enough water for the next generation? A new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website links users with UF/IFAS programs on how to preserve and, perhaps improve the quantity and quality …

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

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Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an “Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures,” a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention Coming Soon

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The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held on January 31–February 2, 2017. The three-day convention, which is one of the largest grower meetings in the Northeast, is packed with concurrent educational sessions. The event will also include an industry tradeshow as well as exciting workshops the day before the main convention starts. Approximately 2,200 attendees are expected to gather at …

New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

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With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its “Hydroponic and Protected Ag” series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on …