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Category: Agriculture

Agritourism and U-Pick Operations: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency (FL Executive Order 20-91)

COVID-19 has already had significant impacts on our food systems and you may be wondering what the Governor’s new “stay at home order” means for your agritourism and u-pick operation. Governor DeSantis and his team used the Department… Read More

University of Florida Researchers Boost Ornamental Aquaculture

In Florida, the most valuable sector of aquaculture is providing ornamental fish, plants and invertebrates for the aquarium industry. About 90 percent of freshwater ornamental fish are produced in captivity however only a few marine species are currently… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Collier County COVID-19 Update

To protect the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff members, the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County office at 14700 Immokalee Road is currently unavailable to walk in visitors and face to face consultations. Group events and… Read More

Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower views by Vovener… Read More

Olive Shootworm Caterpillars (Palpita persimilis) Can Seriously Defoliate Japanese Ligustrum by Doug Caldwell

  Top Banner: The caterpillar creates a lot of frass and webs leaves together loosely. (Pic by Lyle J. Buss). 2nd: Caterpillar and frass piles on skeletonized leaf. ( Pic by Doug Caldwell). 3rd pic: The smaller caterpillars… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before hurricane season. Do… Read More

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.                … Read More