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Yearning to Learn about Tropical Fruit? Think JAMAS!

Fruit display Fruit n Spice Park

Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives? Think JAMAS: Jackfruit Avocado Mamey sapote Annona Starfruit, plus! Photo 1: JAMAS Fruit The annual Collier County JAMAS class is the brainchild of Dr. “Doug Bug” Caldwell, Emeritus… Read More

Join us for the 2021 SWFL Small Farmer Network Meeting @ Rosy Tomorrow’s Heritage Farm

The SWFLSFN meeting is back! The Southwest Florida Small Farmer Network meeting is open to established and beginning farmers in Southwest Florida and hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Agents in the region. It’s a great opportunity… Read More

Living and Working Safely In The Florida Sun!

This piece was written by Dr. Lindsey Warner and I stumbled upon the article while checking out the UF Lakewatch Program’s awesome newsletter!  The sun safety info included was one of the most comprehensive and… Read More

Using Tropical Fruit under the Florida Cottage Food Law

Are you wondering if you can use home-grown tropical fruit from your farm or yard to make allowable or baked Cottage Food items? The short answer is yes. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer… Read More

The Mystery of the Missing Amorphophallus

What is Amorphophallus paeoniifolius? A novelty plant in Southwest Florida, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (A. paeoniifolius) is a favorite of eclectic plant collecting gardeners.  Examples of common names are Elephant Foot Yam, Sweet Yam, Snake Lily or… Read More

Imperfect Competition Yields Profitable Market Opportunities

  Imperfect Competition Yields Profitable Market Opportunities  JANUARY 28, 2021 AGRI-BUSINESS,  GENERAL,  TOP POSTS,  VSCNEWS MAGAZINE By Kimberly L. Morgan and Jessica Ryals Photo credit: © Foap.com / stock.adobe.com In nearly all introductory economics courses, the agricultural industry serves… Read More

Florida’s Resilient Food System

FloridAgriculture eNews, August 2020 , Florida Farm Bureau  Contributing Author: Jessica Mendes Ryals Sustainable Food Systems Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Collier County Jessicaryals@ufl.edu The coronavirus is not over. However, slowly but surely our food supply has… Read More

‘SWFL Fresh’ campaign encourages purchase of local food

Special to The News-Press, May 30, 2020 Southwest Florida is home to a wide range of agricultural commodities, and our farmers are producing some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and seafood you can find. That’s… Read More

Fish of Florida: Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) Species Profile

Yellowtail Snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus Florida State Record: 10 lbs 3 oz, Ft. Myers 2015 IGFA World Record: 11 lbs 0 oz, Bermuda 2004 For most current yellowtail snapper regulations please check out this FWC page, Gulf Council… Read More