Category: Farm Management

New website in development to protect water quality around horse farms

By Mike Loizzo GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is funding a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences project to create a new mobile responsive website with an interactive… Read More

Northeast Florida Farms Test ‘Eyes in the Ground’ Through UF Program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farming is a business of uncertainty. Through droughts and downpours, generations of Florida farmers have continued to till the land and contribute to a multibillion-dollar industry for the state. But agricultural innovations aim to minimize… Read More

Learn Technology at Citrus Farm Field Day at UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

WHO: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and growers. WHAT: Come to the Citrus Farm and Field Day at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center and learn the latest about… Read More

Mosquitoes Prey on Beneficial Barn Owl Nestlings, But Permethrin Can Help

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Barn owls make their homes in boxes put up by farmers in South Florida. The growers like the owls because they eat rodents that would otherwise munch on their sugarcane, sweet corn and rice. Researchers… Read More

Got Horse Manure? UF/IFAS Program Offers Composting Solution

Horses may be beautiful animals, but like everyone, they poop. A lot. “A 1,000 pound horse can produce 10 tons of manure and stall waste each year,” said Mary Lusk, assistant professor of soil and water sciences with… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers: Robots May Run Future Farms

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Agriculture, one of the world’s oldest vocations, is also one that continues to reinvent itself with new technology. From the introduction of the steel plow to automated tractors to modern fertilizer applications, technology has improved… Read More

UF/IFAS Honors Imogene Yarborough with Extension Advocate Award

APOPKA, Fla. – When Imogene Yarborough and her husband Ed started ranching in Seminole County in 1954, they foresaw a legacy of agriculture for their future generations. “We raised our four children with the guiding principle that this… Read More

UF Researcher to Study Migration Trends, Health of Emerging Farm Workers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the University of Florida IFAS Extension director for Hendry County, Gene McAvoy has seen firsthand a sea change in the types of workers now coming to the United States to work on farms. “It… Read More

New UF/IFAS Crop-Damage Assessment System Will Speed Reporting After Disasters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In the wake of Hurricane Irma, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences realized that their UF/IFAS Extension colleagues needed a better system for reporting damages and losses suffered by… Read More