Wet ‘Dry Season’ Damaged Valuable Ornamentals

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.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees,

Help the Bees

Continuing her series on pollinators, Cathy Isom gives us five ways to help out some magnificent creatures that are vital to our food supply. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Kakkar Joins UF/IFAS Extension as Invasive Insect Specialist

Garima Kakkar is joining the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to help the state fight invasive pests. Kakkar, an expert in invasive insects, is a UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Multicounty Agent. Kakkar has a diverse range of experience in managing pest insects, and will now serve growers in the world’s premier citrus production region with …

Record Turnout for ASTA Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference

The American Seed Trade Association 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference concluded Tuesday at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media was at the convention and spoke with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne about the record turnout at this year’s conference.

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

Those in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 27, 2017

In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 27, we discuss the fact many folks are in Orlando this weekend for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, talk about the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show coming up in Nashville, Tennessee, that Peanut Proud is …

Re-emphasizing the Relevancy of Florida Agriculture

Agriculture is, and has been a very important part of Florida. And that is a message that Dr. Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, wants to make sure all citizens of the state understand. Download Audio More about agriculture’s impact on the state of Florida can be found on the UF/IFAS website.