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UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops

As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use when he participated in a class offered by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He was one of 20 participants in the program held …

fair

Fair and Festival-It’s What’s Going On

Dan Education, Florida, Georgia, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Peanuts, Specialty Crops

The peanut harvest is underway all across the tri-state area. There is also some celebrations. Fair and Festival-It’s What’s Going On The Georgia National Fair opens Thursday, October 4th, and continues through the 14th of October. The fair features a lot of livestock shows. The fair isn’t just agriculture.  It has got something for everyone including livestock and horse shows. …

ornamental

Ornamental Trees You Can Grow that are Edible

Dan Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom tells you about a few trees that will add a little extraordinary to your garden with an edible ornamental. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Ornamental Trees that are Edible Trees can be ornamental for many reasons: leaf shape, stunning colors, growth patterns, or even the bark. There are also trees with edible leaves, edible flowers, and …

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Practical Uses of the Mimosa Tree

Dan Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom gives us some practical uses for the fast-growing, cold-hardy exotic tree you may want to consider for your yard. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Practical Uses of the Mimosa Tree Mimosa trees, otherwise known as Persian silk trees, are beloved ornamental trees because of their beautiful pink pom-pom flowers with an amazing fragrance, and fern-like …

UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

Dan Education, Florida, Nursery Crops, Research, Specialty Crops

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers? Because so many consumers enjoy vanilla, University of Florida scientists hope to help Florida farmers grow the bean. Consumers have an appetite for vanilla. The U.S. leads the world in imported vanilla beans, said Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the UF …