December 7, 2022

Agriculture

UF project focuses on converting oilseed to jet fuel

A promising University of Florida agricultural project in Northwest Florida is focused on producing an oilseed crop that can be converted into high-performance aviation jet fuel. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Scientists hope to make vanilla a cash crop in Florida

University of Florida scientists in Homestead hope to add a new crop to the state's agricultural portfolio. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2021

FAMU-FSU University researcher received $1.4-million federal grant to study how bacteria can remove carcinogens from groundwater

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant calls for Youneng Tang to collaborate with researchers at Texas Tech University. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Brick Street Farms grows hydroponic lettuces in converted shipping containers

Shannon O'Malley says it was easy to tend a vegetable garden in Pittsburgh, where she grew up... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

A longtime touts the climate benefits of undeveloped land

Jim Strickland's advice to fellow ranchers interested in combating climate change is simple: Stay in business. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

FSU research team turns plant material into larger capacity batteries

By incorporating lignin — an organic compound in the cell walls of plants that makes them rigid — the team has created a type of electrolyte compound, says professor Hoyong Chung. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

A Lake County grower is helping hemp gain a foothold in Central Florida

For decades, Jammie Treadwell's family operated a foliage and tropical plant nursery in Lake County. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

UF IFAS researchers develop citrus greening-resistant tree

Greening, a disease transmitted by an insect, compromises a tree's root system and ultimately affects the fruit. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2021

Apalachicola Bay's restored oyster industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will administer a $20-million federal grant to help restore Apalachicola Bay's oyster industry. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2020

Fresh Perspective Yields New Faith in the Future of Florida Citrus

Anytime you see a new citrus planting in Florida, it gives hope for the future of the state's signature crop. To see a new planting in Lake County, where acres have been on a steady decline since greening came on the scene, it's cause for even more excitement. Read more »
Published on 10/23/2018

USDA forecasts big Florida citrus increase

Showing a 75% increase from last year's Hurricane Irma damaged crop, Florida's 2018-19 citrus production is forecast at 86.9 million boxes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more »
Published on 10/15/2018

Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2018

Florida Hemp Program Greenlit and Gearing for Growth

The fledgling pilot project led by University of Florida scientists to explore the potential of producing industrial hemp across the state is getting wings thanks to initial funding from a private partner. Green Roads Inc. has reportedly invested $1.3 million to sponsor the first phase of the UF/IFAS research program. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

New UF/IFAS Report Shows Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food Industries Grew 2007-2016

The latest installment of an annual report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveals some good news about the state's economy – from 2007 to 2016, the portion of Florida's Gross State Product (GSP) generated by agriculture, natural resources and food industries grew at a faster rate than the state's total GSP, a statistic commonly used as a gauge of economic strength. Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

1 Year After Hurricane Irma, Florida Agriculture Stronger

It's hard to believe a year has passed since Hurricane Irma stormed our shore, leaving behind it devastation for businesses and families alike across the peninsula. Yes, the time certainly has gone by quickly during the recovery phase. Simply looking around now gives one perspective about all the hard work done to get back on track and start rolling forward. Read more »
Published on 9/11/2018

FGCU announces agribusiness center, plans for minor

Florida Gulf Coast University's (FGCU) Lutgert College of Business is deepening its connection with agriculture through the creation of a new Center for Agribusiness and a proposed agribusiness minor. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2018

USDA Confirms Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that it is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in a six-year-old, mixed-breed beef cow in Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2018

UF/IFAS Experts Explore Multiple Strategies to Control New Palm Disease

Home and business owners should use an antibiotic to help limit a new disease threatening certain species of Florida palm trees, a University of Florida scientist says. Read more »
Published on 8/13/2018

Future of Florida Hops Just Got a Little Brighter

Researchers, as well as private industry, are starting to shine light on growing hops in Florida and are indeed pushing for development of a Florida hop industry. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2018

U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds hiring and pay violatios at North Florida cabbage farm

A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found that Sauceda Contractor Inc., an H-2A farm labor contractor, violated the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) when it provided farmworkers to harvest cabbage at Barnes Farm in Hastings. Read more »
Published on 7/31/2018

National Mango Board celebrates Florida's mango heritage

The National Mango Board is celebrating mangoes all summer long, with a special emphasis on South Florida's contributions to the U.S. mango industry. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2018

Water Farms Helping South Florida Go With the Flow

Last month, Florida experienced its rainiest May on record. And just think, the wet season is only getting started in the Sunshine State. With the earlier-than-normal super soaking, and no let-up in the immediate offing, a public-private partnership between the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Caulkins Citrus Co. has been working at full capacity to store local stormwater runoff and help reduce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Estuary. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2018

Where Have All the Florida Grapefruit Gone?

Twenty years ago, the life of a Florida citrus grower was pretty sweet – at least compared to modern times. Back in the 1997-1998 season, Florida grapefruit producers harvested and packed a record 49.5 million boxes. Fast forward to today and that number now stands at a projected 3.88 million boxes for the 2017-2018 campaign, according to the latest USDA citrus crop estimate. Read more »
Published on 6/18/2018

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. Read more »
Published on 6/6/2018

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