March of 2000, wasn’t that a million years ago? That was the last time I walked into the show ring at the Putnam County Fair as a youth exhibitor. Who would have thought I would come back to that same arena as the University of Florida/IFAS ... READ MORE
What is Cracker Day?
After two years’ hiatus due to some creepy crawly virus, Cracker Day returns with a vengeance. Where else can you go to eat beef that’s been slow-grilled over Blackjack oak all night long, enjoy professional bull ... READ MORE
As if it hasn’t been hot enough this muggy August, why not add a little fire to the heat! UF/IFAS partnered with Barry Coulliette (Alachua Conservation Trust) and Chuck Cowart (Double C Ranch) to conduct a controlled summer burn on 40 acres ... READ MORE
When Tom Hoversen, co-owner of Comarco Products, graciously welcomed me into his facility, I was simply overwhelmed with the scale of production. I thought to myself “I must be dreaming.” This absolutely impressive operation with three functional ... 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
The UF/IFAS Hastings Agriculture Extension Center (HAEC) accomplished a challenging feat and grew sweet corn during this wet fall weather. Two phases (0.84 acres each) of 8 different commercial varieties of sweet corn were planted on August ... READ MORE
Water Wednesdays in November focus on Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). Last week, we invited the Livestock Agent, Caitlin Bainum to give us an overview of manure management.
"Adoption of agricultural BMPs is more important than ... READ MORE
The University of Florida has a specific team of researchers that are devoted to improving forages for Florida livestock. Bermudagrass is the most commonly planted forage species in the Southeastern US, covering at least 30 million acres. ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS hosted a legislative farm tour through the Tri-County Agriculture Area (Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler Counties) for elected officials on November 14, 2019. We visited four farms throughout the day and attended the Farm Bureau CARES ... READ MORE
Buying a bull is much like buying a truck – you must have clearly defined goals and be willing to spend a chunk of change. The first step is to define your operational goals. To stick with the analogy, is this truck going to pulling a 34-ft ... READ MORE