beneficial species

Research on Pests and Beneficial Species Funding from USDA

Dan Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 21 grants totaling $7.6 million for research to help manage pests and beneficial species that affect agricultural crops. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “There continues to be a critical need to …

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Miami-Dade County Nursery Grower Named Florida Farmer of the Year

Dan Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

A Homestead nursery operator has received a prestigious honor for his business success and contributions to his community. Earlier this month a panel of judges selected Mark Wilson as Florida’s top farmer for 2017. Officially titled the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo, Florida Farmer of the Year, the award recognizes Wilson for his innovative practices as a nursery grower, as a …

trees

Giving Gardeners Information on Potting Media for Trees and Shrubs

Dan Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

With spring here, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Alabama have some timely advice for gardeners and homeowners who buy shrubs or trees. Their insight comes from a cooperative study with Auburn University scientists focused on the effects of pine bark and other types of potting media used with many potted shrubs and woody ornamentals. Pine bark is considered …

Petunias

USDA Investigating Unapproved GE Petunias

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services is investigating imported unapproved genetically modified petunias. USDA says the GE petunias produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers. The petunias have been imported into the U.S. from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, as well as the countries of Australia, Israel and Mexico, and …

UF Faculty Help Keep Palm Trees Part of Florida’s Fabric

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

by Brad Buck University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences When you come to Florida, you anticipate seeing palm trees. They’re part of the Florida landscape – whether they’re native or imported. They also bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in sales alone, so Monica Elliott has worked for more than 30 years to make …

Wet ‘Dry Season’ Damaged Valuable Ornamentals

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

by Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Florida’s winters are usually dry, but the wet winter of 2015-2016 helped spread pathogens that destroyed ornamental plants in Miami-Dade County. That’s a problem in an area where the industry generated an estimated $998 million annually in sales in 2015, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say.