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Category: Agribusiness

UF/IFAS investigates sorrel as a new crop for Florida

Sorrel is a leafy green plant with reddish-pink flowers. It’s hardy, fast growing, has a variety of uses and UF/IFAS is investigating its potential as a new crop for Florida. A recent field day revealed… Read More

Building better begonias

rows of red and green begonias in liners inside a greenhouse

Begonias are among the top five most popular plants found in flower beds and Florida leads the way in production with sales valuing more than $11.8 million, according to the USDA. But heat waves and… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS: Ray Goldwire

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Name: Ray Goldwire Position with UF/IFAS: Volunteer, UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Current city: Gainesville Hometown: Starke     Years with UF/IFAS: I graduated from the University of Florida in 1958 with a BSBA in Economics and… Read More

University of Florida and University of Kentucky put aside rivalry to rally around love of growing plants

The Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats have been meeting on the football field since 1917, and the teams will meet again this Saturday at UK’s Kroger Field. Athletic rivalries aside, the two land-grant universities share… Read More

UF cattle scientists use AI to improve quality and quantity of meat, dairy

For a century, researchers have tracked genetic traits to find out which cattle produce more and better milk and meat. Now, two University of Florida scientists will use artificial intelligence to analyze millions of bits… Read More

Hemp flowering behavior research provides further guidance for Florida growers

hemp plants in an indoor environment with artificial lighting for research

New UF/IFAS research suggests Florida growers must carefully select hemp varieties and factor the length of a given day when scheduling when to plant. Understanding hemp flowering behavior, or how it responds to light and… Read More

UF/IFAS announces results of two-year Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

green industrial hemp plants

UF/IFAS wrapped up the two-year Industrial Hemp Pilot Project with guidance that hemp may be a viable commodity for Florida growers in the future, with caution for economic and environmental challenges. The pilot project at… Read More

Helping smaller farms make more profitable hiring decisions

A NIFA-funded, University of Florida-led project will develop a software for small- and medium-sized farms to calculate potential labor costs and weigh hiring decisions in terms of long- and short-term profitability. The tool will be… Read More

UF/IFAS develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or plant new ones. The UF/IFAS blueberry… Read More