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Tag: Jessica Ryals

What’s an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) and how can it help your small farm?

In Florida, inspections have begun for large produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule (FSMA, PSR). While many small farms fall under a qualified exemption under the rule, it’s still a good idea to… Read More

Professional networking helps Southwest Florida farmers

The News-Press – 09/30/2021 Jessica Ryals Guest Columnist USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA Just like other lines of work, building and maintaining relationships is critical for farmers’ professional success. Participating in professional networks is a great opportunity to… Read More

Yearning to Learn about Tropical Fruit? Think JAMAS!

Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives? Think JAMAS: Jackfruit Avocado Mamey sapote Annona Starfruit, plus! Photo 1: JAMAS Fruit The annual Collier County JAMAS class is the brainchild of Dr. “Doug Bug” Caldwell, Emeritus Commercial Landscape Horticulture… Read More

Harvesting Longans

Mango season is coming to an end here in Southwest Florida, but the longans are ready to harvest! Longan tree at the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Grove, Ryals, J. 2021 This delicious fruit tree is well adapted to… Read More

10 Tips for Healthy Backyard Chickens

Have backyard chickens or thinking about raising some? Biosecurity is also known as “Health & Sanitation” and in the video below I outline 10 things you can do keep a healthy flock. The main goals of biosecurity are… Read More

Imperfect Competition Yields Profitable Market Opportunities

  Imperfect Competition Yields Profitable Market Opportunities  JANUARY 28, 2021 AGRI-BUSINESS,  GENERAL,  TOP POSTS,  VSCNEWS MAGAZINE By Kimberly L. Morgan and Jessica Ryals Photo credit: © Foap.com / stock.adobe.com In nearly all introductory economics courses, the agricultural industry serves as the primary… Read More

Free Advertising for Your Farm

Direct  to  consumer  marketing such as on-farm sales, farmers markets,  community  supported  agriculture,  U-picks  and  farm tours  can  be  a  great  way  to  generate  customers and get people to share their experience about your business through word of… Read More

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

UF/IFAS Extension helps develop campaign to connect Southwest Florida consumers, growers

NAPLES, Fla. – Southwest Florida’s farmers want you to eat their produce, and many consumers crave locally grown food. To meet those desires, a UF/IFAS Extension agent is helping launch a new marketing campaign to urge consumers to… Read More