usda

USDA to Survey Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2018

Dan Field Crops, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

As the 2018 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. “Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’ Southern Regional …

Popular Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Dan Nursery Crops, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has a few good suggestions for the most popular flowers, besides roses, to give to your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Popular Flowers for Valentine’s Day Every year on Valentine’s Day, consumers in the United States will drop an average of about $140 on gifts, chocolate and flowers. This year, floral …

crop insurance

What’s New For Crop Insurance?

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

Producers are encouraged to find out what’s new for crop insurance this year before the upcoming deadlines. Stephanie Ho has the story. What’s New For Crop Insurance?-1 Rob Johansson, Acting Deputy Under-secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, explains why crop insurance is an important part of the farm safety net. What’s New For Crop Insurance?-2

disaster relief

Farm Disaster Relief on the Way After Irma’s Devastation

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

State lawmakers continue to craft tax relief for Florida’s storm-battered citrus industry, as President Donald Trump signed off Friday on billions of dollars in much-anticipated federal disaster relief. A spending bill approved by Congress and Trump includes nearly $90 billion for disaster relief, with $2.36 billion aimed at assisting the agriculture industry for losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane …

florida farmers

Florida Farmers Brace for Cold Weather

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

Florida farmers were preparing Thursday for continuing cold weather, with temperatures expected to drop into the 30s overnight as far south as Fort Myers and Homestead. Many of Florida’s crops cannot handle freezing temperatures for long periods. Citrus and strawberry farmers are preparing harvests ahead of time, often running irrigation systems to create small layers of ice over the fruit …

celebrating

Celebrating National Poinsettia Day

Dan Nursery Crops, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom gives us a bit of history and ways of celebrating the flower of the holiday season. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Poinsettia Day Each year on the 12th day of December, people across the United States recognize National Poinsettia Day. The poinsettia plant’s connection to the Christmas season dates back to 16th-century Mexico. …

graduate

UF/IFAS CALS Student Places First in International Graduate Student Competition

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

Debalina Saha, an environmental horticulture graduate assistant at the University of Florida, has always wanted to study how different mulches and herbicides affect weed growth. Her tenacity has paid off: Saha placed first in the International Plant Propagation Society Southern Region graduate student research competition at its 42nd annual conference. “Measuring light under different mulch depths was something that had …

industry

Green Industry Contributes More Than $20B to Florida Economy

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

Up 19 Percent from 2000 Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from 2000, a new University of Florida report shows. The environmental horticulture industry, or the “green industry,” includes landscaping, nurseries, greenhouses, …

citrus

Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimated losses for each segment of agriculture. The preliminary economic assessments account for current crop losses and ancillary losses, such as debris …