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Category: Agribusiness

COVID-19 risk factors vary by farm workers’ legal status; shows need for tailored measures

As laborers return to the fields this fall in Florida, both unauthorized workers and those authorized to plant and pick crops through a guest worker visa are vulnerable to the coronavirus. In fact, an estimated 75% of Florida… Read More

Economists estimate $55-100M hit to Florida agriculture due to Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally impacts preliminary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict. The estimate was released as… Read More

At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

flooded soybean field

As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like the rest of… Read More

New food and resource economics researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

image- Dr. Trend Blare - TREC - Natural resource economics assistant professor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers.He worked directly with small growers to give them a competitive… Read More

UF/IFAS to provide educational support for timber producers recovering from Hurricane Michael

fallen trees after Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle in 2018, the category 5 storm left in its wake years’ worth of losses to one of the area’s largest industries, timber. Per estimates from the Florida Forest Service, a… Read More

Response requested from ag and marine industry professionals for new round of surveys on pandemic effects

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have opened the second round of surveys on COVID-19’s impact on the state’s agriculture and marine industries, intended to capture changes in operations for the first half of the year. The… Read More

University of Florida partners on $26M grant to produce more crops with less water and energy

Above: The University of Florida Phenogator, an example of the technology that will be utilized at UF as part of the IoT4Ag Center. The Phenogator is a multi-purpose vehicle that uses sensors in combination with highly accurate GPS… Read More

Vertical farms could produce hundreds of times more wheat, study finds

What would happen if we grew wheat not on acres of land but in multistory structures that look like office buildings? The answer: yields as much as 600 times greater than those of traditional farming methods, according to… Read More

With COVID case concerns in key southeast industries, Department of Health, UF/IFAS Extension amplify workplace safety outreach

A concern for the agribusinesses, pest management and lawn care industries in southeast Florida is the motive behind a bolstered safety initiative led by the collaboration between UF/IFAS and the Department of Health in four counties. UF/IFAS Cooperative… Read More

New institute to address food production and sustainability at global scale

The University of Florida has announced the creation of the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute, which will bring together the university’s top researchers to find solutions to feeding the world in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable…. Read More