UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

Feb 01, 17 UF/IFAS findings could help prevent crop-killing pathogen from coming to U.S.

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States. These findings may provide further evidence...

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New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Feb 01, 17 New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Posted by in Health & Farming, Scientific Studies

By Sandra Avant A new test kit, developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, could limit the spread of red imported fire ants. Since the red imported fire ant invaded the United States more than 85 years ago, it has infested 367 million acres. Each year, imported fire ants cost Americans $6 billion to control and...

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A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

Feb 01, 17 A Day Trip Escape Into Old Florida

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By: Nancy Dale Only 30 minutes west of Hobe Sound, there is a place of serenity where time stands still, where the visitor can return to silence beneath ancient bald cypress trees in the heart of the Barley Barber swamp at Indiantown.  The Treasured Land Foundation, a non-profit organization in Martin County, in partnership with...

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SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

Feb 01, 17 SheepsHead A Good Target For February!!!

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Capt. Jason Prieto: 813-727-9890 • Owner: Steady Action Fishing Charters steadyactionfishingcharters.com • captjasonp@gmail.com As we enter the end of a typical winter here in west central Florida you can expect to see some of the coldest temperatures of the year. With that being said we are also seeing one of the mildest...

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

Feb 01, 17 Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island Feb. 4. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island. Advance...

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Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

Feb 01, 17 Heuchera are native to the U.S. and an award-winning perennial plant

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By Norman Winter I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Georgia, not long ago and came across a few terrific-looking heuchera, or coral bells, which I had only seen previously for sale in garden centers. All heuchera species are native to the United States, including this Heuchera villosa, which is native to the Southeast from Arkansas to...

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Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

Feb 01, 17 Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following the announcement that a stray dog found in Homestead, Fla. was positive for New World screwworm, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced...

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Sting Operation Leads to Charges Against Owner of Monroe County Moving Company

Feb 01, 17 Sting Operation Leads to Charges Against Owner of Monroe County Moving Company

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, law enforcement officers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services completed an undercover sting operation on JP’s Local Moving of Monroe County and charged one individual, John Gibson...

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Irula tribesmen and detector dogs help UF/IFAS and FWC remove pythons in Florida

Media contacts: FWC: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459, Carli.Segelson@MyFWC.com UF: Beverly James beverlymjames@ufl.edu, 352-273-3566 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are working together on unique...

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FWC celebrates 75 years of wildlife management area conservation success

Feb 01, 17 FWC celebrates 75 years of wildlife management area conservation success

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Media contact: Tammy Sapp, 850-228-1353; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands,...

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Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Feb 01, 17 Cowpea curculio sidelines Georgia’s largest black-eye pea fields

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Land Care

By Merritt Melancon The lucky legume has been part of a boom-and-bust cycle for the past three decades thanks to a pod-feeding weevil that has, so far, evaded farmers’ best pest control practices. This year is going to be a bust due to high pest pressure, said David Riley, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia who...

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Mobile System Removes Phosphorus From Manure

By Jan Suszkiw A mobile system for removing phosphorus from cow manure may offer dairy farmers greater flexibility in where, when, and how they use the nutrient to fertilize crops. Manure can be spread onto crop fields as a source of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients important to plant growth. But applying too much manure...

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UF/IFAS scientists: Commercially grown strawberries are not genetically engineered

Jan 02, 17 UF/IFAS scientists: Commercially grown strawberries are not genetically engineered

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this...

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Ascot Rainbow’ offers sizzling, year-round interest

Jan 02, 17 Ascot Rainbow’ offers sizzling, year-round interest

Posted by in Gardening, Landscaping

By Norman Winter Mention the word “ascot” and you probably think about a silky, men’s tie most likely worn by the upper crust of European society. Then there is the Royal Ascot horse race, where the word is associated with royalty and high society. Today, however, I want you to associate the word with ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ an...

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Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Jan 02, 17 Milk Prices Poised for Modest Improvement

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

by:TheCattleSite News Desk US – After a few years of significant challenge, the outlook for US milk producers is beginning to improve, according to a new report from CoBank. Despite projected supply increases, milk prices are poised for modest improvement in the years ahead thanks to new export opportunities and gains in...

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New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

Jan 02, 17 New Test Genetically IDs Fungal Wheat Threat

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By Jan Suszkiw A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university scientists has developed a sensitive new assay method for detecting the fungus that causes “wheat blast,” a disease of wheat in South America and, most recently, Bangladesh. The fungus Magnaporthe oryzae triticum (MoT) was first detected in Brazil in...

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New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

Jan 02, 17 New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

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By Dennis O’Brien A new raisin grape developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California is proving to be very popular among producers because it costs less to harvest. With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that...

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State Preserves More Than 2,300 Acres of 160-Year-Old Ranch in Putnam County

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of 2,306 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural land on the Clay Ranch in Putnam County, while allowing the land and agriculture operations...

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Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

Jan 02, 17 Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

Posted by in Featured Stories, Livestock

by University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Most Americans envision healthy mustangs galloping free on the range when they think about the country’s wild horse population. But UC Cooperative Extension rangeland advisor Laura Snell sees another image. In conducting research on the...

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2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Jan 02, 17 2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Posted by in Land Care, Scientific Studies

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetable gardening, bahia grass, living with snakes and identifying poisonous plants. These are the topics for some of the top University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension documents from 2016. Here’s this year’s list of the top 10...

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