October 27, 2016


More than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive ranch land preserved in Polk, Okeechobee

The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of more than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural lands in Polk and Okeechobee counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida's economy. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2016

Top 3 invasive pests Florida growers need to be watching for

As a port of entry, the state of Florida has felt the negative effects of invasive weeds, insects, and diseases for many years. Here are two making headlines today and one that is being closely monitored on a regular basis. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2016

Pompano and circumstance

Aquaculture has become the fastest-growing form of food production globally — in 2013, production of fish and other seafood eclipsed production of beef. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Florida agriculture, natural resources employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economic report. Read more »
Published on 9/23/2016

USDA announces additional support for Florida citrus growers impacted by greening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. Read more »
Published on 9/22/2016

Text of H.R.3957 -- Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016

Expensing of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty. Read more »
Published on 9/22/2016

Injecting citrus tree trunks with bactericide may help stem greening

A chemical treatment known as a bactericide could help preserve citrus trees from the potentially deadly and costly greening disease, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. Read more »
Published on 9/9/2016

UF/IFAS researchers scramble to find cure for tenacious, costly sugarcane virus

Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are working to find a cure or develop resistant varieties for a virus that is attacking sugarcane and sorghum throughout the Everglades agricultural region. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2016

UF researchers discover first-ever method to farm Pacific blue tang

Finally, it may be possible for regular folks to find their own Dory. Read more »
Published on 7/21/2016

Q-biotype whitefly expands to 8 Florida counties

The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant pest that could damage agriculture, has spread from Palm Beach to seven other Florida counties, according to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2016

Scientific discovery could revolutionize one of world's most important crops

Conservation geneticist wants to arm Ethiopian and Indian farmers with revolutionary new varieties of chickpea. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2016

Agriculture and Education

Industry interviews, charts, profiles and a by-the-numbers sector overview. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2016

UF to hop into hops varieties for microbreweries

Scientists with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will work with a $158,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to develop a viable hops crop. Read more »
Published on 2/23/2016

UF creates trees with enhanced resistance to greening

After a decade of battling the highly destructive citrus greening bacterium, researchers with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed genetically modified citrus trees that show enhanced resistance to greening, and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well. Read more »
Published on 11/23/2015

Statement by Commissioner Putnam on Final Citrus Crop Forecast for 2014-2015 Season

Orange production, Florida's signature crop, has fallen to a "new low," Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said. Read more »
Published on 7/13/2015

International exports of fresh Florida products hits all-time high

International exports of "Fresh From Florida" products increased last year to $4.2 billion, an all-time record. Read more »
Published on 4/13/2015

Fertile ground: The export market is hot for eco-friendly fertilizer

Entrepreneur Amir Varshovi has built a company that manufactures eco-friendly fertilizer. He's expanding — and looking to the export market. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

Alico Inc. Announces Three Strategic Acquisitions

Combined Entity Will Be the Largest Citrus Producer in the U.S. Read more »
Published on 12/3/2014

Florida's fresh fruit & vegetable production

Florida's favorable agricultural climate positions the state as the second largest produce exporter in the nation, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2014

A pig in a poke: Former pig farmer Steve Basford savors a bittersweet victory

Twelve years after the 'Pregnant Pigs' amendment upended Steve Basford's business, the ex-pig farmer savors a bittersweet victory. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2014

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