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Category: Agriculture

Keeping your workers and customers safe against COVID-19

Sanitation in your workplace We know that agricultural operations and workers are essential. But now that we might enter a “new normal” phase where we still have to practice sanitation while opening businesses like plant nurseries, farms, gardens… Read More

Virus throttles Florida’s lucrative ornamental plant industry (Interview)

How is COVID-19 pandemic affecting the ornamental plant industry in Florida? Follow this interview by AFP news to a nursery grower and UF/IFAS Extension expert in Miami-Dade County By AFP. The palm trees that line many US boulevards,… Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More

Coronavirus Safety Fact Sheets for Workers

I have received several questions regarding what to do if you have employees or work with others during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in agricultural operations and related businesses. While there is plenty of information about how the virus… Read More

What is wrong with the Sabal palm?

It’s difficult to believe that our state tree, Sabal palmetto, is presenting some difficulties. For me, Sabals are a bullet proof plant, until recently… What is the culprit? Lethal bronzing disease (LBD)! It used to be called Texas… Read More

Funding for COVID-19

Funding for COVID-19 Information regarding funding programs. As of today, there have been no announced programs from the USDA for losses from COVID-19. Payment Protection Program (PPP): This loan, based on payroll, will be accepting applications beginning tomorrow…. Read More

Agriculture Businesses during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

I received some questions from growers about agriculture compliance during Coronavirus pandemic As today, April 2 of 2020. I summarized the following information Coronavirus Emergency Order 07-20 Businesses Essential Businesses which may remain open Below is a fraction… Read More