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
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 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. The personal health and safety of everyone in the ... READ MORE
As we close out the year and take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate holidays, it’s a natural time for reflecting on all that we are thankful for.
Giving and receiving gifts are likely on the minds of many and it’s a ... READ MORE
Got pesticide pileup?
Have you inherited someone else’s pesticide storage? No worries even if it’s your own! Operation Cleansweep is a great opportunity to properly dispose of pesticides that you may have been putting off dealing ... READ MORE
Does your farm operation employ seasonal, part time or full time workers?
Does your farm operation use pesticides? (Even organic or non-restricted use products count here.)
If you answered yes to the questions above, you need to know ... READ MORE
Do you dream of a small farm side hustle to test your business savvy and open up your financial opportunities for the future?
UF/IFAS Extension has just the guide for you!
The Florida Direct Marketing Handbook is an 88 page full color ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, in partnership with the Ridge Beekeepers Association, will host a Saturday program for new beekeepers and those considering starting a hive. Join us for a fun day where you can learn about beekeeping and sharpen ... READ MORE