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Hurricane Ian Agricultural Impacts in Collier County

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November 2, 2022

In the short 5 years that I have been with UF/IFAS Extension, we have seen two major hurricanes, 2 major wildfires, a freeze and a global pandemic. Hurricane Ian was just the latest event impacting the Collier County agricultural sector, which ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Collier, Collier County, Collier County Extension, Hurricane Ian, Sustainability, SWFL, UF/IFAS Extension

Could this be Avocado Sunblotch Viroid (ASBV)?

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August 30, 2022

Recently, Collier County Extension received an email about strange looking spots on an avocado fruit. A sample was submitted to the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic to figure out exactly what was causing ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Avocado, Collier County, Collier County Extension, Farms, Small Farms, SWFL, TREC, Tropical Fruit, Tropical Plants, UF/IFAS Extension

Florida’s Cosmetic Manufacturer Exemption


August 26, 2022

In Florida, a person can manufacture certain cosmetic soaps, lotions, moisturizers, and creams in their home per Florida Statute 499.01(2)(p). These specific types of cosmetic manufacturers do not require a license, permit, or inspection of ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: Cosmetic Manufacturer, Cosmetic Manufacturer Exemption, Creams, DBPR, Exemption, Florida Drug And Cosmetic Act, Florida’s Cosmetic Manufacturing Permit Requirements, Jennifer Hagen, License, Lotion, Making Soap, Moisturizers, Soap, Synthetic Detergent

Selling Honey Under Florida’s “Home Sweet Home Act”: What’s all the Buzz?


August 25, 2022

Are you a Florida Beekeeper interested in selling your honey under Florida's cottage food exemption but uncertain of the rules and regulations?As of July 2021, Section 500.80, Florida Statutes, now referred to as the "Home Sweet Home Act," ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Food Safety, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Beekeepers, Bottling Honey, Cottage Food Operations, Cottage Food Operator, Home Sweet Home Act, Honey, Honey Bee, Honey Processors, Jennifer Hagen, Selling Honey In Florida

Register Your Farm on www.SWFLFresh.com

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August 10, 2022

If you are a SWFL farmer selling your products locally or direct to consumer, consider registering your farm on the SWFL Fresh: Choose Local, Choose Fresh website. Who can create a profile? Farmers selling SWFL grown produce, meat, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Branding, Collier County Extension, Farmers, Florida, Local Food, Marketing, Product Marketing, SWFL, Swflfresh, UF/IFAS Extension

How to Stake a Mango Tree to Control Height

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July 28, 2022

Mangos are potentially very large trees that can get out of hand if left unmanaged for height and shape. In hurricane prone areas, it is recommended to regularly prune mango trees to limit vertical growth and encourage horizontal growth. Controlling ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Agriculture, Collier County, Collier County Extension, Collier Fruit Growers, Mango, Pruning, Small Farms, Trees, Tropical Fruit

What’s on My Mango Tree?

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June 23, 2022

The photo below and above show a pretty significant infestation of soft scale on a mango tree in Collier County. Scales are stationary, shell-like insects that can damage trees by feeding on the sap in branches, leaves and fruit and release ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Collier County, Integrated Pest Management, Jessica Ryals, Mango, Pests, Scale, Tropical Fruit

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