Tag: Invasive Species

Boll Weevil and Hog Cholera: How Pest Infestations Helped Extension Gain a Foothold in Florida

In 1915, Florida’s agricultural economy was in serious trouble. Its principal cash-crop, cotton, was being devastated by the boll weevil, an invasive beetle that crossed over from Mexico in the early 1900s. Farmers were desperate to make up… Read More