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Sustainable Agriculture Resources Available for Producers

close up of sunn hemp cover crop. Cover crops can be part of a sustainable agricultural operation.

A few years ago, I was able to meet a couple of farmers and ranchers who received Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant funding. Hearing from them directly about how the funds helped their… Read More

Homeowners value licensed/certified green industry professionals

landscaper planting/weeding. Article discusses the value of licensing and certifications for professional landscapers

In 2020, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County recruited homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) to participate in a survey of their preferences for licensed/certified green industry professionals. We found that many respondents valued licensing and best practices,… Read More

Licensing & Certification for the Green Industry Professional

green industry professional pruning shrubs; shows the work of green industry professionals

Green industry professionals work on residential and commercial landscapes, in garden centers and production nurseries, and more.  The work can be varied and involve specialized skills in pruning, mowing, irrigation maintenance/installation, pesticide and fertilizer application,… Read More

Seguro Médico para Agricultores y Trabajadores Agrícolas

Farmworkers harvesting food crop in Martin County.

Este artículo analiza algunas de las razones por las que los agricultores y los trabajadores agrícolas podrían beneficiarse especialmente de las oportunidades de obtener cobertura de seguro médico. Hasta el 15 de agosto de 2021,… Read More

Health Insurance for Farmers and Farmworkers

Farmworkers harvesting food crop in Martin County.

This article (also available in Spanish) discusses some of the reasons why farmers and farmworkers could especially benefit from opportunities to obtain health insurance coverage. Through August 15, 2021, health insurance is available through the… Read More

Medical Insurance Available Through August 15, 2021

Cut-outs of a family, with hearts and a stethoscope for an article about enrolling for Affordable Care Act health insurance.

If you don’t have health insurance or want to change your insurance coverage, read on for more information.  This article is also available in Spanish. What is the Affordable Care Act? Also known “Obamacare”, the… Read More

Seguro Médico Disponible Hasta Agosto 15, 2021

Cut-outs of a family, with hearts and a stethoscope for an article about enrolling for Affordable Care Act health insurance.

Si no tiene seguro médico o desea cambiarlo, lea para obtener más información. ¿Qué es la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio? También conocida como “Obamacare”, La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a… Read More

Hiring a Pesticide/Herbicide or Fertilizer Applicator: Choose Licensed

Florida-Friendly Landscape maintained by licensed landscape professionals. Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed.

Why Choose Licensed? Did you know that the person you hire to apply fertilizers or pesticides (including herbicides) must be licensed in the state of Florida? Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed. Per Chapter… Read More

Martin County Producers and Tropical Storm Eta

potted plants at one Martin County nursery sit in flood waters from Tropical Storm Eta

Farmers, ranchers, nursery growers, and other agribusinesses face difficult challenges in keeping their operations profitable, especially through hazardous weather events. UF/IFAS Extension offers resources for agribusinesses in reporting damage, recovering, and preparing for the future…. Read More

Resources for Storm Recovery

photos of storm damage to nurseries and farms & title "Tropical Storm Eta"

Tropical Storm Eta added to the heavy rainfall our area has experienced recently, worsening flooding and causing some wind damage in many parts of Martin County.  Nursery and vegetable growers are facing potential losses of… Read More