Kakkar Joins UF/IFAS Extension as Invasive Insect Specialist

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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 …

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

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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

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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

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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.

Most U.S. Farms are Family Operated

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A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released last week shows 99 percent of U.S. farms were family farms in 2015. Family farms, according to USDA, are classified as a farm where the principal operator and his or her relatives owned the majority of the business. The report shows that small family farms—those with less than $350,000 in …

USDA Designates 10 More Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Columbia, Cook, Grady, Irwin, Thomas and Tift counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their …