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Category: Crops

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak

Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Finances

Starting a new agricultural business requires capital either to purchase the land, improve the property, or for operational costs. There are several loan programs offered through the United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency (FSA). Other financial institutions… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Choosing and growing your crop successfully

Choosing the right agricultural commodity for you can be a head-scratching process. When choosing, look at your current assets such as knowledge, expertise, equipment, network, etc. Your previous experiences and connections can help you significantly in different aspects… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – General resources for prospective and beginning farmers

When doing your research on your new farm or on sections of your business plan, you will find plenty of websites and it can be overwhelming. Where to start? What websites are reliable? To keep it simple but… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Education opportunities

Agricultural Entrepreneurship If you are interested in further developing your entrepreneurial skills for your agricultural business, we will be offering a couple of workshops on August 25th and September 11th at the Farm Credit location in Alachua County…. Read More

The New Face of Florida Farm Workers – Robots

Migrant workers have long been the greatest asset to Florida growers.  Without their hard work and dedication, growers would be unable to feed our nation.  However, as immigration laws become more strict, the migrant worker pool has dwindled,… Read More