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Category: AGRICULTURE

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

Junior Cattlemen & UF/IFAS Crew Care for Rookery Bay

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. — A group of young cattlemen and cattlewomen, alongside UF/IFAS animal sciences faculty and staff worked to remove invasive plants from the Snail Trail at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve… Read More

UF/IFAS plows forward to breed and grow a ‘superfood,’ the pomegranate

Pomegranates are sweet, juicy and one day they could grow abundantly in Florida. They taste good, and they’re full of nutrients, including antioxidants. “The fruit and its products such as arils and juice are rich… Read More

UF scientists discover genetic markers tied to loss of the ability to sweat in horses

Sweating is a critical tool to keep horses comfortable and healthy, but chronic idiopathic anhidrosis, a dangerous equine condition can impede their natural cooling mechanism and cause performance and health issues. For the first time, UF/IFAS researchers have identified genomic markers that cause… Read More

UF/IFAS Citrus Packinghouse Day returns as in-person event for 2021

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — UF/IFAS will host the annual Citrus Packinghouse Day on August 26, a free event featuring workshops and seminars for industry professionals interested in the latest information on interstate and export regulations,… Read More

What’s that weed? New weed ID video series available

A new video series will help hobby gardeners and professional horticulturalists identify weeds in their gardens and greenhouses. Proper identification helps lower herbicide use and leads to more successful weed management. The free, on-demand video… Read More

Robots may eventually help kill weeds that impede strawberry yield

BALM, Fla. — Think of University of Florida scientists Nathan Boyd and Arnold Schumann a bit like surgeons. Except in this case, their operating room is a strawberry field. With their research, Boyd and Schumann… Read More

Seeds of change, grant will help farmers face challenges of climate change

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Farmers around the world face unique challenges in their effort to provide abundant, safe and flavorful food. One often overlooked issue for farmers is climate change. “The environment has a huge impact on plant health… Read More