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Category: Agribusiness

UF cattle scientists use AI to improve quality and quantity of meat, dairy

For a century, researchers have tracked genetic traits to find out which cattle produce more and better milk and meat. Now, two University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence to analyze millions of bits… Read More

Hemp flowering behavior research provides further guidance for Florida growers

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New UF/IFAS research suggests Florida growers must carefully select hemp varieties and factor the length of a given day when scheduling when to plant. Understanding hemp flowering behavior, or how it responds to light and… Read More

UF/IFAS announces results of two-year Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

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UF/IFAS wrapped up the two-year Industrial Hemp Pilot Project with guidance that hemp may be a viable commodity for Florida growers in the future, with caution for economic and environmental challenges. The pilot project at… Read More

Helping smaller farms make more profitable hiring decisions

A NIFA-funded, University of Florida-led project will develop a software for small- and medium-sized farms to calculate potential labor costs and weigh hiring decisions in terms of long- and short-term profitability. The tool will be… Read More

UF/IFAS develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or plant new ones. The UF/IFAS blueberry… Read More

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

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Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the… Read More

UF/IFAS connects small scale growers with post-Covid-19 digital marketing options

Highlights Marketing in the digital era and post-Covid-19 has presented growers with new challenges that can be turned into opportunities. A new program led by University of Florida researchers, faculty and Extension agents is bringing… Read More

As peach harvest begins, UF scientists find rootstocks that survive flooding

As you bite into a peach, remember farmers are harvesting the fruit this month and next in Florida. Those growers and University of Florida scientists are always concerned about flooding because it can damage peach… Read More