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Category: Agriculture

Farmer-Led Cooperatives and Farm to School Procurement

Fresh yellow, red, and orange peppers at the farmers market.

One feature of the Farm to School (F2S) program is the purchase of food from local farms for cafeteria service. Florida's climate and year-round production provide opportunities to expand F2S. These conditions introduce exciting possibilities… Read More

Long Squash: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Long squash vines on trellis.

Long squash is an annual, vigorous, and herbaceous crop that was brought to the Americas by Paleoindian populations from Asia before the arrival of Columbus. This 4-page fact sheet provides an overview of this plant… Read More

Bitter Melon: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Bitter melon’s female flower.

Bitter melon is a tropical and subtropical vegetable crop with long climbing vines which is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The unripe fruit is used as a vegetable with a pleasantly bitter… Read More

Implementing the Four Rs (4Rs) in Nutrient Stewardship for Tomato Production

Freshly picked tomatoes

Fertilization plays a critical role in tomato production across the state of Florida. However, appropriate fertilization management depends on four major components (4Rs): right source, right rate, right placement, and right timing. Farming practices that… Read More

The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Beef cattle feeding facilities at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, Florida. Building, structures, stockades, feeding, cattle, beef production.

A well-run, profitable business is usually more efficient than its competitors. In the case of the beef cattle industry, competition can come from two sources: other producers who sell similar classes of cattle, and other… Read More

Long Bean: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Long bean plants bearing pods in Hastings.

Food diversity, nutritional food supply, and profitability are the priorities of agricultural and horticultural industries. To diversify vegetable products and increase the Florida vegetable industry's competitiveness, a number of new vegetable crops are rapidly emerging… Read More