Pleased with Florida Citrus Show

Dan Citrus, Florida Grower Citrus Show

The Florida Citrus Show took place Wednesday in Fort Pierce at the University of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory. The various seminars were packed with the newest information for growers, and more than 50 top agricultural companies exhibited at the tailgate in between the seminar sessions. Josh McGill, show director for AgNet …

Extension Staff Helping to Prepare for Hurricane Ian

Dan Florida, Weather

Many folks across the Southeast, especially in Florida, have been working hard in their preparations for Hurricane Ian. Mark Oppold reports that includes University Extension staff. Sponsored ContentNuseed Carinata Covers New GroundJuly 15, 2024CIR Agriculture Harvester ProductsJuly 1, 2024TriEst Ag Group: Partners in ProfitabilityApril 1, 2024

New UF/IFAS Blueberry Lab Nearing Completion

Dan Education, Florida, Fruits, Research, Specialty Crops

Research efforts continue with a variety of crops at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and that includes blueberries. And those researchers are looking forward to the completion of the new blueberry lab. UF-IFAS Senior Vice President, Dr. Scott Angle, noted to Southeast AgNet that their top-notch blueberry breeding program will get a boost from this new …

Florida Pesticide Applicators Can Now Take Licensing Exams Online

Dan Environment, Florida, Pest/Pest Control

(UF-IFAS/GAINESVILLE, Fl/Feb. 28, 2022) — In Florida, pesticide licensing exams help ensure the state’s approximately 70,000 pesticide applicators follow state regulations and best practices for mitigating the impact of chemicals on the environment. Historically, the exam has only been offered in person at pre-scheduled times. The UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office has announced that applicators will now have the option of …

BMPs Addressed in Bill

Dan Citrus, Research

Florida Sen. Ben Albritton filed a bill (SB 1000) to address issues related to best management practices (BMPs), the Nov. 19 Florida Citrus Mutual Triangle newsletter reported. According to the Triangle, the bill addresses several issues stemming from outdated science supporting University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) nutrient recommendation rates pertaining to BMPs. The bill also …

70th UF/IFAS Florida Beef Cattle Short Course Starts Tuesday

Dan Beef, Cattle, Education

The 70th Annual University of Florida/IFAS Beef Cattle Short Course kicks of Tuesday, May 4. This year’s event will be a scaled down virtual event that runs three evenings from 6:00 8:00 pm Eastern via Zoom. The program this year will focus on efficiency and its importance to the beef industry, and each night will consist of two speakers. Dr. Todd …

Florida Lawmakers Begin Budget Process

Dan Florida, Legislative

When it comes to the 2021 Florida Legislative session, the budget process has begun. According to University of Florida/IFAS Director of Governmental Affairs, Mary Ann Hooks, both the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees released the first version of their budget proposals this week. She notes fortunately, UF/IFAS did not receive any reductions to existing programs in the Senate subcommittee budget proposal. Plus, …

New Research Finds Genetic Markers for Cattle Health, Growth

Dan Cattle, Research

New research efforts with cattle have found genetic markers which could help to improve breeding by giving ranchers desirable traits such as faster animal growth and greater resistance against disease. In a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study, researchers uncovered links between genetic markers in beef cattle and the development of health and growth-promoting bacteria in an animal’s gastrointestinal …

Field-Testing Natural Compounds to Fight HLB

Dan Citrus, Huanglongbing (HLB)/Citrus Greening, Research

Field tests of numerous antibacterial products and plant-derived compounds are underway with the goal of eliminating the HLB-causing bacteria in citrus and reversing plant damage to restore tree health. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) plant root biologist Lorenzo Rossi discusses a new research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of …