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Category: Crops

New NIFA-funded research to examine cover crops in organic vegetable production systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture just announced funding for a project comprising an interdisciplinary team from the University of Florida. The three-year project, “Quantifying the nitrogen cycling benefits of different cover crops… Read More

All-New Citrus Production Guides Available at Local UF/IFAS Extension Office

By: Ruth Borger, 517-803-7631, rborger@ufl.edu MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-852641(cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — While the coronavirus pandemic has changed much of the University of Florida citrus programming, one annual tradition continues, albeit with some… Read More

As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3%… Read More

ABE Debuts SmartAg Graduate Certificate Program

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering department at the University of Florida is introducing its new Advanced SmartAg Certificate. This graduate engineering certificate will offer training in various topical areas relevant to modern computation-based innovations in agriculture, termed SmartAg…. Read More

Sandra Guzmán named 2020 Outstanding Young Extension Worker by the Florida Section of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Sandra Guzmán, a precision irrigation scientist with expertise in artificial intelligence for water management, was recently named a 2020 Outstanding Young Extension Worker by the Florida Section of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Guzmán is one… Read More

Updates on Suspicious Seed Packets: How to properly dispose of seeds

What is going on with the seeds? If you have not heard about these suspicious seed packets, visit this blog post for the full story. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes that the seeds may be… Read More