One of the world's most prolific species of pollinators, the honey bee, is arguably the most important insect species known to mankind. However, despite their immeasurable importance in the role of food production, they often have a negative ... READ MORE
A new species of thrips was first reported on beans in Miami-Dade County in 2020. The size of this insect is very tiny, only about one millimeter long. They mainly stay within vegetable crop flowers, and damage the flowers. This new thrips species, ... READ MORE
The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting with 60% chance of probability another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. However, experts do not anticipate ... READ MORE
Tropical Fruit at a Glance--Avocado
by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane
Common name: Avocado
Botanical name: Persea americana
Worthwhile varieties: Russell, Monroe, Simmonds, Donnie, Choquette, ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
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
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 ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
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