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Whitefly Spreads in Florida

From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
By: Brad Buck

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Q-biotype whitefly, a significant pest that could damage agriculture, has spread from Palm Beach to seven other Florida counties, according to a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher.

Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals, said Lance Osborne, an entomology professor at UF/IFAS.

The whitefly species has now been reported in Read the rest of this entry »

FSA County Committee Nomination Process Continues

USDAUSDA Farm Service Agency local offices are receiving nominations for upcoming County Committee elections through the first of August. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini explains some of the workings of local FSA County Committees.


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Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding Annual Meeting

aac-annual-meeting-2016The 2016 Alabama Agribusiness Council’s (AAC) Annual Meeting is taking place in Orange Beach, and folks from across the state representing various aspects of agriculture are in attendance.
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Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 24, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about the Senate GMO Labeling agreement, we talk about National Pollinator Week, the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Expert Says Whitefly Species Likely to Cause Growers’ Problems

From the University of Florida/IFAS:
By: Brad Buck

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

The Q-biotype whitefly (picture from UF/IFAS)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences expert predicts the Q-biotype whitefly discovered in April in Palm Beach County will likely cause problems for growers.

The Q-biotype whitefly – not to be confused with the B-biotype, which came to Florida in the mid-1980s – is now being seen outside greenhouses and nurseries and poses a threat to ornamental plants and agricultural crops. After the B-biotype was found in Florida in the 1980s, scientists saw big increases in the diversity and frequency of whitefly-transmitted viruses in many Florida crops, said Jane Polston, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor. Crops like beans, tomato, watermelon and squash were hit hard by Read the rest of this entry »

Florida FFA and Cattlemen Holding Convention’s This Week

This will be a busy week in the state of Florida, as both the Florida FFA Association and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their own annual conventions. The Florida FFA Association State Convention and Expo starts today and runs through Friday at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. The Florida Cattlemen’s Convention & Trade Show starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. We will have more from both events throughout the week.

University of Florida/IFAS Helping Farmers Break into Local Food Movement

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf_ifas_logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to defining “local” food, things are hardly black and white. Instead, consumers perceive degrees of localness rather than firm local and non-local divisions, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found.

Now researchers are using these findings to help Florida farmers effectively market their produce to Floridians. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Working to Strengthen Agriculture

Agriculture - collageSince 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. Tyron Spearman reports how we can all take pride in American agriculture.


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Scott Declares State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Looms

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

With Tropical Storm Colin bringing heavy rain and expected flooding to Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency for 34 counties across a huge swath of North and Central Florida.

“Colin’s a broad-based storm,” Scott said during a news conference after he received a briefing at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

The state of emergency was declared for Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Launches Big Farm Survey

farm-billA new USDA survey will provide the answers to many questions about farm operations across the country. Gary Crawford has some of the details in the first part of this story.


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Florida FFA Association Convention is Next Week

ffa-logo-821x1024The Florida FFA Association State Convention and Expo will be held July 13-17 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando.

The annual state FFA convention and expo is the highlight of Florida FFA’s year, as nearly 5,000 FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather to celebrate the achievements won by the past and present generations of agriculturalists, while continuing to Read the rest of this entry »

Discussing the Farm Economy Picture

afbf-logoWe’ve heard quite a bit over the past few months about the down farm economy and how it’s affecting agriculture in many ways. Bob Young, Chief Economist and Deputy Director of Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, looks at farm income and if it’s something we might see turn back around by next year.


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