Category: Agriculture

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies

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Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida? There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for example, we have… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More

EVENT: Pesticide Certification Testing | June 1, 2017

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Pesticide Certification Testing The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) offers certified Pesticide Exams at multiple locations throughout the state. The exam schedule varies statewide to allow applicants an opportunity to take the exam at a… Read More