• Nursery Growers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon

    USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Florida nursery growers the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage is May 1. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the May 1 sales closing date to do so. Growers applying for the first time may purchase coverage at any time.

    Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2017 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.

  • Farmers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at www.rma.usda.gov.

PEST ALERT: A New Whitefly in Florida

A new whitefly was identified from a heavily infested Ixora hedge a in residential area of St. Petersburg, FL.

The scientific name is: Asiothrixus antidesmae (previously Aleurothrixus antidesmae).

Is an AsNew whitefly in Floridaian species known in the New World only from Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe.


Infested plants may become covered by wax  produced by the whitefly and by black sooty molds that proliferate on honeydew excreted by the whitefly.

Host plants: 

Currently found only in Ixora sp. There is no known predator or parasitoid of A. antidesmae.

The original Pest Alert was released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS): Read the alert Here 


Ian Stocks, Ian.Stocks@FreshFromFlorida.com, Taxonomic Entomologist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. Phone: 352-395-4677


This is a wholesale trade show featuring native landscape plants and select green products for the landscape industry. Growers from throughout Florida and the Southeastern U.S. are invited to exhibit native plants. Attendees include landscape architects, designers, installers, maintenance professionals, municipalities, arborists and other professionals interested in sustainable landscaping.

EXHIBITORS: Exhibitors include native plant growers and green goods and services.

Many presentations and registration information Click HERE


Continuing education courses for landscape architects, designers, contractors, inspectors and arborists — ASLA, APLD, FNGLA, ISA.

Exhibition Building, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee


  • Early Bird Discount ends after Friday, March 25, 2016
  • March 31-April 1, 2016 – 3rd Annual Native Plant Show!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 11 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Jan. 3, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2016. Those counties are:  Brevard, Hardee, Osceola, Broward, Miami-Dade, Polk, DeSoto, Monroe and Sarasota

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on March 16, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include the Emergency Conservation Program; Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program.  Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA information in Miami-Dade:


1450 N KROME AVE STE 102. FLORIDA CITY, FL 33034-2400

(800) 243-9912 – (305) 242-1197 ext 2

(855) 482-1236 Fax

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For more information go to http://www.weather.gov/southflorida