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Category: Agriculture

Feeling cooped up in quarantine? UF releases new guide to raising backyard chickens

In the early days of the pandemic, as bare grocery store shelves prompted concerns about the food supply, many became interested in producing more of their food at home. Some flocked to local agricultural feed stores in search… Read More

Wild Weeds: Friends or Foes?

When it comes to gardening mishaps, sometimes letting weeds run wild can be a good thing. Have you ever noticed tiny white flowers lining roadways, or more commonly, your landscape bed? What about flowers in fields, forests, or… Read More

UF/IFAS needs grower input to better train agricultural workers

By: RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The COVID-19 crisis has hit Florida’s agricultural industry hard with new challenges on how to protect workers who are essential to keeping our nation’s food supply flowing. The UF/IFAS Extension team… Read More

Growing Citrus – in a simpler time.…. maybe it’s time.

It seems like simpler times when I was hosting Gardeners Hotline television show (WDSC–PBS) featuring the citrus grower, Bruce Crump (past owner of Vo-LaSalle Farms) on growing citrus in Volusia County. Citrus greening was beginning to play havoc… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists develop a specialty pepper with better resistance to root-knot nematodes

Bell peppers make for a delicious snack. Among additional choices, you can add them to sandwiches and pizzas, as they’re tasty and full of vitamin C, making them a popular vegetable. As a $235 million-a-year business in Florida,… Read More

In Memoriam: Gene Albrigo

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year,  UF/IFAS lost one of its most accomplished faculty members. Below is a remembrance written by Jim Syvertsen, Emeritus Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Florida/IFAS  and  published in the  June 2020 issue of… Read More