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Category: Agriculture

New Fertilizer Technology May Help Farmers Reduce Nitrogen Load

By: Kelly Aue LIVE OAK, Fla. — In the Suwannee Valley, farmers are diligently searching for solutions, or Best Management Practices (BMPs), to efficiently use fertilizers in crop production. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center… Read More

Steam Technique Can Spell Doom for Citrus Weeds, Help Preserve Environment

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Like many farmers nationwide, citrus growers are looking for any edge in their fight against weeds, and they’d rather use fewer chemicals to control the plants, says a University of Florida scientist. That’s because chemicals… Read More

University of Florida to release biocontrol against Florida’s most serious invasive Brazilian peppertree

Mike Adams spends $250,000 every year to manage Brazilian peppertrees spread over the 40,000-acre ranch where his family has developed the Braford breed of cattle since 1937. Adams recounts years when the invasive tree from South America overtook… Read More

Growers Should Manage Tomato Bacterial Spot While Seedlings are in Transplant Facilities

BALM, Fla. — New findings from University of Florida scientists could help tomato growers nationwide in their battle against a damaging disease. With 37,000 acres, Florida’s tomato industry is a $520 million-a-year crop, so it’s critical to find… Read More

UF-Supported Student Recognized for Work in Rwanda’s Milk Production Practices

Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye, of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems at the University of Florida/IFAS, is the 2019 recipient of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Student Researcher Award for Scientific Excellence… Read More

UF Students Design Corn Maze for Plant City Family Farm

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second year in a row, students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) geomatics program are partnering with a Florida family farm to promote agritourism. The Single… Read More

Citrus Industry to Sample Latest UF/IFAS Varieties

WHO: Citrus growers, packers, gift fruit shippers and others will sample the latest offerings from the UF/IFAS Plant Improvement Team. WHAT: Growers, nurseries, packers, processors, gift fruit shippers, marketers and others will feel, taste and smell the latest… Read More

UF/IFAS CALS Honors Alumnus with Award of Distinction

Growing up in Wildwood, Florida, provided Michael Joyner with an abundance of mentors in the farming and ranching industries – people who demonstrated to him their dedication to providing food and fiber to the world. Their commitment to… Read More

Plant Health on the Go Workshop for growers in December

The University of Florida and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) will hold a Plant Health on the Go workshop on December 3 where growers can learn plant health management techniques from horticulture experts. Building on… Read More

UF/IFAS Experts Help Farmers Cope with Mental Stress

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — When some people think of a farmer, they conjure an image of a stoic, tough-as-nails figure – one who can cope with any hardship. But that’s not always the case, particularly when cold, heat,… Read More