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USDA Designates 19 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Area with Assistance to Producers in Florida

In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by freeze that occurred from March 15, 2017, through March 18, 2017. Those counties are: Appling Brooks Echols McIntosh …

UF study: Cloning insect-fungus duo kills 500 million trees

by Ellison Langford, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Laurel wilt disease has killed as many as half-a-billion trees. And,a new study by a researcher with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences suggests it may have been spread by a single insect cloning itself. “In biology, there is no evidence of a single strain …

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Florida Producer Pleased with Beef Checkoff

  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking once again with Southeast producers about their beef checkoff and the various ways it has been instrumental. And in this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Okeechobee, Florida rancher Flint Johns said he pleased with all the checkoff does.  

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UF Study Helps Save Revenue, Farms From Wireworms

by Beverly James University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences  Scientists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are helping state growers save money by managing wireworms in their sweet potato farms. Wireworms became a problem in Florida after sweet potato growers converted fields previously used to grow grain crops, said Robert Hochmuth, director …

IFAS Hosts Pasture Walk to Discuss the Benefits of Winter Forage

By Patrick Troy and Jane Griffin Regional Specialized Agent Row Crops, and County Livestock and Forage Agent, Live Oak, FL, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. As warm-season pastures in North Florida go dormant in the winter, livestock producers have two basic choices for animal feedstock: 1) purchase hay and store-bought supplements or 2) grow their own cool-season …

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USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers

During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ( USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey nearly 1,200 producers across Alabama, 1000 producers across Florida and 1,800 producers across Georgia  to determine crop production and supply levels in 2017. According to …