Category: Agriculture

Ag BMPs: Implementation Verification Rulemaking Becomes Effective Today

a tractor plowing a field

The 2016 Florida Water Bill established that agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are enforceable and that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) shall verify implementation of BMPs by enrolled producers and landowners. In short, simply… Read More

“Seed Scholarships” and Orange County Head Start Project

Situation: Head Start is a national school readiness program created as part of a “war on poverty”. Specifically, it is designed to promote healthy development and assist children from low-income families overcome the disadvantages of poverty before they… Read More

SET IT AND FORGET IT HYDROPONICS EMPOWERS A NEW AGE OF URBAN FARMERS

Situation: Florida’s second largest industry is agriculture, yet less than ¼ of 1% of the population claims farming as their occupation despite continued population growth. Agriculture is key to Florida’s sustainability and economic competitiveness. With traditional agricultural acreage… Read More

4-H WATER GUARDS: NEW CLUB SAVES WATER

Situation: While conservation is essential for the longevity of our water resources, homeowners resist implementing water conservation techniques if they do not have personal motivation and basic technical skills. Today’s youth may not be directly responsible for their… Read More

SENIOR ADULTS AND THE UF/IFAS EXTENSION MISSION – A SUCCESS STORY

Situation: One of Florida’s greatest untapped natural resources is senior citizens; 19.4% of the state’s population is age 65+ and growing. In 2016, 80% of Florida Master Gardeners (n=1014) responding to a survey reported being age 60 or… Read More

DATA COLLECTION & EVALUATION AT GARDEN FESTIVALS, FAIRS, & EXPOS

Situation: Garden festivals are a common outreach activity among Residential Horticulture programs, but collecting data from these events can be difficult and time consuming to both record and evaluate. Annually, the UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Gardening Expo has… Read More