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Category: Agribusiness

Grapefruit Grown Under Protective Screens Maximizes Fruit Yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers of one of Florida’s signature citrus crops, the grapefruit, may see more production and possibly less of the deadly citrus greening disease. Researchers have worked for four years, growing grapefruit under protective screens on… Read More

Celebrating Blueberries at the Volusia County Farmer’s Market

In April, the UF/IFAS Extension Commercial Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Family Nutrition Program agents and staff teamed up to deliver a joint event serving hundreds of Volusia County residents at the Deland Farmers Market. Commercial Horticulture Agent, Karen… Read More

Northeast Small Farms Network

The Northeast Florida Small Farms Network connects livestock producers and growers to a resource-network focused on diversified and economically sustainable agriculture. Facilitated by the UF/IFAS Agriculture Extension agent of Nassau County, aims to help address the priorities, issues,… Read More

Plans on the way for 2nd Garden Festival

Let it Grow The Highlands County Master Gardeners took a leap of faith last year and it paid off. The annual plant sale became a Garden Festival. Their theme, “Let it Grow” described the process to a Tee…. Read More

COTTAGE FOODS: BREAKING (EVEN) AND ENTERING (NEW MARKETS). M.Smith, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter, Pasco, Hernando County, and S. Bresin, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County

Situation: An understanding of sound business practices is essential for any enterprise. However, too often participants in the local food system are unequipped with the economic literacy necessary to navigate the system. In 2011, Florida passed legislation permitting… Read More

EXPLORING LOCAL CUISINE FROM THE ROOTS UP: A FOOD SYSTEMS APPROACH TO FIGHTING FAKE NEWS Moffis*, B.1, Mann*, M.1, Wilchcombe, M.1, Popenoe, J.1, Singleton, L. 2

1. Extension Agents, Florida Cooperative Extension, Lake County, Tavares, FL 32757 2. Extension Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC 28403 Most U.S. citizens are removed from direct involvement with agriculture and may hold misconceptions… Read More

Federal Domestic Soil Quarantines Map

Did you know that United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service a.k.a. APHIS, restricts the movement of domestic soil from areas within the continental United States that are under quarantine for specific plant pests…. Read More

Honey Bees, are in the air!

The business of bees Honey Bees are everywhere in Highlands County. It’s that time of year when the bees are busy making honey. Because Highlands County produces so much citrus and citrus produces a heavy nectar flow, the… Read More