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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are predicting an above-normal hurricane season! An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season,… Read More

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

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

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

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Damaging Lychee Erinose Mite found in Miami-Dade County

The Lychee Erinose Mite (LEM), Aceria litchii, was found in a backyard lychee tree in the northern portion of Miami-Dade County, FL in February 2020. LEM was previously found in Lee County on Pine Island in February 2018,… Read More