Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

Jan 01, 18 Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Landowners can go to a new FWC webpage to record when and where they see northern...

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Managing laurel wilt disease in Florida

By: FFVA Although laurel wilt disease continues to fell avocado trees and their wild relatives in the Southeast, a number of Florida growers who have adopted aggressive management programs have reduced avocado tree mortality. The programs, which involve frequent scouting for diseased trees, removing and grinding them as soon as...

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Old-fashioned cosmos are breathtaking along Georgia highways

Jan 01, 18 Old-fashioned cosmos are breathtaking along Georgia highways

Posted by in Gardening, Land Care, Landscaping

By Norman Winter The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is teaching all of us about an old floral favorite that needs to be brought back to the garden: cosmos. I see them along Interstate 16 starting around mile marker 98 going north, and the “naturescape,” if you will, is amazing. If you have ever wondered, “Do those...

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Solar energy entrepreneur invests in Florida 4-H youth

by Samantha Grenrock When Brandon Bing got up to speak in front of a crowd of 4-H alumni and supporters at the annual Florida 4-HGator Soiree last month, he admits, he was a little nervous. Not that he’s shy. Quite the opposite. The outgoing entrepreneur was jittery with the knowledge his company was about help more Florida youth...

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Weed Spotting By Drone

Jan 01, 18 Weed Spotting By Drone

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By J. Kim Kaplan When ARS agricultural engineer Yanbo Huang hears a drone in a field, he is not hearing the droning of bees pollinating plants nor the thrum of a tractor or combine. Huang and his technician Ryan Poe are just out flying their DJI Phantom drones. They are flying the drones—formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles...

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UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

Jan 01, 18 UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

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by Tom Nordlie  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries provided $132.04 billion in...

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“Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

Jan 01, 18 “Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

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By: FFB Consumers consistently misinterpret the word “natural” when it is included in the labels for meat products, according to Arizona State University researchers. In a study of beef-eating consumers, the investigators also found that people are willing to pay an additional $1.26 per pound for products if they have such...

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Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Jan 01, 18 Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today delivered remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit in St. Augustine. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The goal of rural economic development is not to turn our rural...

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National Pork Producers Council announces support for Farmers for Free Trade

As reported by Farmers for Free Trade US pork producers’ voice on policy and advocacy joins growing bipartisan effort to rebuild grassroots support for trade policies that benefit farmers and ranchers. Washington DC – This week the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the global voice for the US pork industry and leader on...

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UF web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season....

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UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Jan 01, 18 UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

By Clint Thompson As Georgia Vidalia onion producers plant next year’s crop, they are transplanting the onions, or physically placing the plants into a hole dug in the ground. Farmers may soon be using a new method that literally rolls the plants into the soil. PlantTape technology could make planting by hand a thing of the past,...

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Georgia Ag Forecast set to hit the state Jan. 30 through Feb. 7

Jan 01, 18 Georgia Ag Forecast set to hit the state Jan. 30 through Feb. 7

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Merritt Melancon The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 at six sites across the state. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state’s largest industry — agriculture. Hosted by the UGA College of...

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A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

Jan 01, 18 A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spread the cheer and the protein! Some families will get more healthy food to eat, now that Florida Panhandle residents donated a record of more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for this year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, organizers said. Combine...

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Historic Days and Medieval Knights

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. For two consecutive weekends, on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, the Alachua County Fairgrounds...

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UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

Jan 01, 18 UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida plant scientist, who has created varieties of sugarcane that are grown across more than 90 percent of Florida and in several Central American countries, has been given a national award for his innovative work. The American Society of Agronomy has awarded the...

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Algal feed firm eyes up US oyster opportunities

Jan 01, 18 Algal feed firm eyes up US oyster opportunities

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By: Rob Fletcher TomAlgae, the feed firm specialising in the production of freeze-dried algae to be used as feed in shrimp and oyster hatcheries, is looking to crack the North American oyster market. The US produces 140,000 tonnes of oysters a year, making it the world’s third largest producer of the bivalves – just behind...

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NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Dec 01, 17 NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

By: FFVA For two decades, Mexico has benefited from unfair trade practices while Florida farmers have suffered significant loss of market share.  Now with NAFTA negotiations under way with Canada and Mexico, Florida fruit and vegetable growers have a chance for getting some relief. “Our seasonal growing industries have suffered...

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Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

Dec 01, 17 Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

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For More Information:  Diane Ingram, 721-2034 Start your holiday festivities with a “Green Christmas” at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3:00 – 8:00 pm. This free event offers something for everyone: creative recycled Christmas ornaments on trees, kids’ crafts...

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UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

Dec 01, 17 UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Julie Jernigan University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman has studied the viability of truffles in the state’s pecan orchards for years. This winter, he will advance his research by introducing the European variety of truffles to Georgia pecan trees. “With collaborative researchers in Florida and Michigan, we are...

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Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Dec 01, 17 Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Posted by in Featured Stories, Health & Farming, Livestock

By: Cyril Gay Influenza is a common disease in humans and animals—mainly poultry, pigs, horses, and wild birds. The economic impact of animal influenza viruses on agriculture can be substantial, especially in the poultry industry, where millions of birds have been eradicated worldwide in disease-control efforts. There is also an...

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