Demand for locally grown food soared during the pandemic, and this trend appears to be holding true for consumers. Concerns about sustainability and a demand for more familiar ingredients have put locally grown products in the spotlight throughout ... READ MORE
Here in Extension, we believe in the spirit of the farm. For over 100 years we have been assisting farmers and ranchers, homeowners and organizations grow food. We have the best educational information and research to share to help those folks ... READ MORE
Producers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity, and soil conditions on their farms for many years. For the purposes of the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services ... 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
Authors: Liz Felter, Ph.D., and Caroline R. Warwick, M.S.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach to managing insects, mites, pathogens, nematodes, weeds, and other pests in which multiple techniques, concepts, and practices ... READ MORE
Preservation of agricultural land is crucial. Annually, one million acres of farmland are converted to nonfarm uses. Most of the conversion happens in metropolitan counties where four out of five Americans live. Urban agriculture is an emerging ... READ MORE
An economic study done in 2015 by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Food and Resource Economics Dept. determined that the central Florida area producers, combined with landscape firms and retail ... 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
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE
Please see below for important information regarding the Operation Cleansweep program from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This program has been funded through the end of 2019. READ MORE