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Category: Farm Management

The Importance of Submitting Plant Samples to Diagnostic Laboratories

Why Submit a Sample? In this age of modern technology and web based diagnostic platforms, it is becoming much easier for producers and other professionals in plant production to find answers to questions about their growing operations.  Although… Read More

Creating a directory to sell directly to FL consumers during COVID-19 outbreak

Many of the traditional markets for the distribution of goods to consumers have been disrupted during the COVID-19 outbreak. It would be ideal to have a way to connect the consumers and the producers so we can all… Read More

Online CEU opportunities to renew licenses during COVID-19 outbreak

Pesticides licenses renewals received extension due to COVID-19 through Mid-June. Testing updates https://pested.ifas.ufl.edu/update-on-testing/   Currently, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is granting an additional extension until June 20 for pesticide license renewal following Emergency… Read More

Identification and Management of Creeping Indigo, a Common Florida Weed Toxic to Livestock

Introduction Creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata) is a common Florida weed that has properties that are toxic to livestock, especially horses.  As its name implies, creeping indigo grows very close to the grown in a sprawling manner.  This makes… Read More

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak

Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Finances

Starting a new agricultural business requires capital either to purchase the land, improve the property, or for operational costs. There are several loan programs offered through the United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency (FSA). Other financial institutions… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – Choosing and growing your crop successfully

Choosing the right agricultural commodity for you can be a head-scratching process. When choosing, look at your current assets such as knowledge, expertise, equipment, network, etc. Your previous experiences and connections can help you significantly in different aspects… Read More

Starting a Farm in Alachua County – General resources for prospective and beginning farmers

When doing your research on your new farm or on sections of your business plan, you will find plenty of websites and it can be overwhelming. Where to start? What websites are reliable? To keep it simple but… Read More