LIVE OAK, Fla. --- For farmers in the Suwannee Valley, using Best Management Practices (BMP) are more important than ever to efficiently irrigate their crops. At the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center - Suwannee Valley (UF/IFAS ... READ MORE
Protected vegetable production increases
Production of vegetables in greenhouses and high tunnels is on the rise. In the United States, the acreage of vegetables and herbs grown under protection increased 82% between 2007 and 2017. The number ... READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but ... READ MORE
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion relief package includes various provisions to help small businesses and agriculture.
Small Business Assistance
The U.S. Senate Committee ... READ MORE
One question producers and other food industry employers have been concerned about since the onset of COVID-19, relates to ease of travel for farm employees and managers within the agricultural sector. Specifically these individuals are concerned ... READ MORE
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is creating numerous challenges for farmers and the food supply chain. Not only does COVID-19 pose a health risk to farmers and farm workers, it may reduce the availability of farm labor, disrupt markets for ... READ MORE
As you prepare for the next corn season, consider these reminders to help in planning for a healthy crop this year.
Many think the biggest limiting factor for a corn crop in North Florida is nutrients, but in reality it is rainfall/climate. ... READ MORE
After a long and arduous peanut season in 2017, producers in the Suwannee Valley were gripping for the worst, as they anticipated the 2018 harvest season. To recap, 2017 yields were some of the lowest in many years, with an unknown ... READ MORE
Did you know that in Florida, land used for commercial agriculture may qualify for reduced property taxes? The deadline to file an application for agricultural classification is March 1st. Applications must be submitted to your county property ... READ MORE
Carbon farming makes business sense.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was created in response to the 1930’s Dust Bowl which witnessed a sustained drought and unprecedented loss of productive farmland. Our only president ... READ MORE