All week the PIO will be away from Gainesville, away from our computers, and away from blog writing. As such I am largely reposting a blog we posted before. You shall have to forgive the less than original content. I know, what could possibly ... READ MORE
It's that time of year again when the variety of produce available at the farmers' markets dwindles and you're largely limited to hardy, heat- and drought-tolerant Florida vegetables like eggplant, okra, Seminole pumpkin and Malabar spinach. ... READ MORE
While citrus trees have long been a popular choice for home gardeners, let me introduce you to the delightful world of muscadine grapes—a refreshing alternative that may just make you reconsider your planting preferences. Muscadine grapes ... READ MORE
Mathews Paret, professor in the UF/IFAS plant pathology department, will step into the role of department chair starting September 15, 2023.
Paret will lead the department of more than 30 faculty members based on the University of Florida’s ... READ MORE
On July 1, 2023, Senate Bill 1164 / House Bill 1279 became law as Florida Chapter 2023-154. This bill covered a range of items that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will regulate. One key ... READ MORE
In the early 2000s, I worked as a professional scout in a greenhouse and operated an integrated pest management program. My role involved scouting over 300 different species of food crops, exposing me to a myriad of pest species. ... READ MORE
What is Florida First Detector?
Florida First Detector is a multiagency educational effort focused on enhancing the early detection of invasive pests that threaten agriculture, nursery industries, and natural areas. We offer in-person and ... READ MORE
Recap of July First Friday with Florida First Detector
In July's First Friday with Florida First Detector, we talked about invasive caterpillars that feed on vegetable crops. Florida's agriculture industry is home to a wide variety of high ... READ MORE