UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers? Because so many consumers enjoy vanilla, University of Florida scientists hope to help Florida farmers grow the bean. Consumers have… Read More

What is NOT Agroecology?

Revisiting What IS Agroecology Last post we focused on introducing agroecology through its key areas (production, environment, and society) and its foundational principles (systems, production, biodiversity, and resilience). The agroecology framework motivates sustainable crop production and natural resource… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts: Skip the Roses and Go Straight for the Orchids on Mother’s Day

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s better than roses on Mother’s day? Orchids, which are easier to take care of and can last for years, according to University of Florida experts. Wagner Vendrame, a professor of environmental horticulture at the… Read More

Introducing Agroecology

What is Agroecology? Agroecology is a paradigm for scientists and farming communities that prioritizes food production, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Agroecological innovations build from the resource-constrained ways we farmed before synthetic fertilizer with a modern design to… Read More

New Serious Pest of Lychee and Longan Trees Found in Florida

Daniel Carrillo1, Alexandra M. Revynthi1, Jeff Wasielewski2, Christian Miller3 and Jonathan H. Crane4 The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM), Aceria litchii  (Figure 1), was found in a 3-acre commercial lychee orchard in Lee County on Pine Island, FL in… Read More

Students at UF-TREC received scholarships sponsored by the Dade County Agri Council at annual luncheon.

Homestead, FL – For the last 55 years, the Annual Agricultural Farm Tour and Luncheon tours different agricultural operations to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of farming in South Florida’s subtropical climate.  Additionally, the Board of Directors of the Dade County… Read More