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, …

irma

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 …

invasive 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 …

sunbelt

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 …