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Category: Agribusiness

Upcoming Virtual Q&A on Florida’s Food System and COVID-19 | Initial Impressions

WHAT: A question-and-answer session with University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University researchers who are investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Florida’s agriculture and food system industries. The interactive portion will follow… Read More

UF/IFAS joins effort to battle farmer, rancher stress

Stressed farmer

The stress level in rural communities is off the charts. Farm and ranch closures, land forfeitures, labor issues and more contribute, and according to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read More

Safe food production training to be available to Florida’s small and beginning farmers through new USDA grant

BY RUTH BORGER LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — A new opportunity for Florida’s small and medium-sized produce farmers will become a reality with the support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP)… Read More

COVID-19 risk factors vary by farm workers’ legal status; shows need for tailored measures

As laborers return to the fields this fall in Florida, both unauthorized workers and those authorized to plant and pick crops through a guest worker visa are vulnerable to the coronavirus. In fact, an estimated… Read More

Economists estimate $55-100M hit to Florida agriculture due to Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally impacts preliminary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict. The estimate… Read More

At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

flooded soybean field

As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like… Read More

New food and resource economics researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

image- Dr. Trend Blare - TREC - Natural resource economics assistant professor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers.He worked directly with small growers to give… Read More

UF/IFAS to provide educational support for timber producers recovering from Hurricane Michael

fallen trees after Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle in 2018, the category 5 storm left in its wake years’ worth of losses to one of the area’s largest industries, timber. Per estimates from the Florida… Read More

Response requested from ag and marine industry professionals for new round of surveys on pandemic effects

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have opened the second round of surveys on COVID-19’s impact on the state’s agriculture and marine industries, intended to capture changes in operations for the first half of… Read More