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Sustainable Agriculture Resources Available for Producers

A few years ago, I was able to meet a couple of farmers and ranchers who received Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant funding. Hearing from them directly about how the funds helped their operations, I am… Read More

Homeowners value licensed/certified green industry professionals

In 2020, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County recruited homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) to participate in a survey of their preferences for licensed/certified green industry professionals. We found that many respondents valued licensing and best practices, but they hadn’t… Read More

Licensing & Certification for the Green Industry Professional

Green industry professionals work on residential and commercial landscapes, in garden centers and production nurseries, and more.  The work can be varied and involve specialized skills in pruning, mowing, irrigation maintenance/installation, pesticide and fertilizer application, etc. Sometimes what… 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 to connect with… 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 Corpse Flower. Like… 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 as the primary… 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 withstood the impacts…. Read More

Growing Vegetables in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Protected vegetable production increases Production of vegetables in greenhouses and high tunnels is on the rise. In the United States, the acreage of vegetables and herbs grown under protection increased 82% between 2007 and 2017. The number of… Read More