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Category: AGRICULTURE

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

Decision-support tool using HiPerGator may help manage devastating avocado disease

UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is challenging Florida’s $35 million-a-year avocado crop. Laurel wilt disease… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Farm Labor Education program goes online in English and Spanish

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FLORIDA. – The fall crop season is underway in Florida and over the next few months, an increase in the farm worker population will help plant, maintain, and harvest our crops in the Sunshine State…. Read More

Vaccine for virus lethal to deer shows promise

Researcher collects insect samples off of a deer.

A viral disease that impacts deer around the country can be devastating, but a vaccine shows promise for the $8 billion per year deer farming industry. The disease, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, or EHDV, is… Read More

Citrus Advisory System alerts growers so they can stem post-bloom fruit drop

Beep. Beep. Beep. That’s the sound of the alert, telling a citrus grower it’s time to spray fungicide to help prevent fruit from falling off the tree. When the brand-new fruit falls off a citrus… Read More

UF scientists make big stride toward greening-resistant citrus trees

University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to… Read More