Fumigation a potential management tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

By Clint Thompson Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the...

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Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

Jul 03, 17 Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

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By Laura Griffeth As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing and fantastic young people, some of whom I’m related to and some I just have the pleasure of working with. Let me explain. I am passionate about youth livestock projects. I think youth livestock...

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UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant “cow of the future”

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part...

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New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

Jul 03, 17 New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Julia Rodriguez University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research trials of new tobacco varieties could help farmers reduce the level of black shank disease in their fields to 15 percent, according to Tony Barnes, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in Atkinson County, Georgia. If the research proves successful,...

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Florida Forest Service Announces Program for Landowners to Combat Devastating Forest Pest

Jul 03, 17 Florida Forest Service Announces Program for Landowners to Combat Devastating Forest Pest

Posted by in Health & Farming, Scientific Studies

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced today that the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program will accept applications from...

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SNORKELING – FLORIDA vs AUSTRALIA

Jul 03, 17 SNORKELING – FLORIDA vs AUSTRALIA

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Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association Photos – Jeanne  O’Connor During her last moments in OZ, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby red slippers together as she repeated the words, “There’s no place like home.” I had the same thought while anchored over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It had...

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July Fishing Forecast

Jul 03, 17 July Fishing Forecast

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by: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Co-host – “Tampa Fishing Outfitters” radio show Hello Anglers, First and most importantly I want to thank those of you that fished with me in May. I met some awesome new clients and spent time on the water with friends of many years. That’s what makes my job great. Summer is upon us...

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Restorative Yoga: Antidote For Stress The Breath

Jul 03, 17 Restorative Yoga:  Antidote For Stress The Breath

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Nancy Dale, Ph.d. Certified Yoga Instructor The first breath of Life is not consciously remembered.  Yet, from this newly formed fertilized cell of more than approximately 100 trillion in the human body, gasped for the first life-force of oxygen to stay alive.  This was the beginning of our journey. From that small tiny living...

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Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Jul 03, 17 Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Posted by in Agriculture, Land Care, Scientific Studies

by Brad Buck. • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural  By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that...

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Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mat

By Sandra Avant Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking for ways to improve housing for farm animals, including pigs. Enhancing the animals’ environment can help reduce stress, which in turn can improve growth and efficiency and decrease disease susceptibility. According to the World Organization for Animal...

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Eat Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

Jul 03, 17 Eat Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

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By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Office of Communications. Small edible plants called microgreens aren’t just tasty toppings for soups, salads and sandwiches. They’re also healthful. According to results of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led study, eating red cabbage microgreens helped mice moderate their weight and cholesterol...

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Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

Jul 03, 17 Scallopers get ready, more waters open for harvest starting July 1

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contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Celebrate the Fourth of July with bay scallops. State waters from the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County through the Pasco/Hernando county line will be open for scalloping starting July 1. A span of waters in the middle from the Fenholloway River...

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Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete

Jul 03, 17 Placement of artificial reef modules off Mexico Beach now complete

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Media contact: Bekah Nelson, 850-265-3676 The construction phase for the first of six Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission–sponsored (FWC) artifical reef projects is now complete offshore of Mexico Beach. This approximately $1.37 million project was funded solely with Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage...

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News Release: 21st Century Challenge: Preserving Native Florida

By: Nancy Dale, Ph.d Life is not predictable as the inspired people in this book express through the destination of their lives.  Each person in this book tells their true story about manifesting a Dream.  Some of them are returning the lifestyle of the pioneers, reviving talents, skills with perseverance and hard work not born of...

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New Silver-Cotton Fibers Battle Bacteria

By Sandra Avant Silver has been used as an antimicrobial agent for more than 100 years. Today, silver in the form of nanoparticles is incorporated in such products as plastic food containers, medical materials, and clothing. In textiles, however, preventing the nanoparticles’ antimicrobial properties from washing away has always...

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UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

Jul 03, 17 UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers and University of Florida researchers use genetics and other techniques to ensure consumers can pick from the best assortment of delicious, nutritious dairy products at the grocery store. Now that we’re in National Dairy Month, it’s a good time to...

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Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

By: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season,...

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Cotton yields not impacted by decreased irrigation during the early season

Jun 02, 17 Cotton yields not impacted by decreased irrigation during the early season

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Julia Rodriguez Decreasing irrigation for cotton crops during the early season may not affect yields and could save growers more than 54,000 gallons of water per acre, according to University of Georgia researchers. John Snider, UGA Cooperative Extension cotton physiologist, conducted research trials to determine early-season,...

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$10.5 Million In Cash Distributed Into Local Agricultural Economy

Jun 02, 17 $10.5 Million In Cash Distributed Into Local Agricultural Economy

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By: Ashley Layson, Senior Vice President Chief Marketing Officer  Farm Credit of Florida, a borrower-owned lending cooperative, distributed a record $10.5 million in cash patronage to qualified member borrowers Greg Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, announced. “When our members do well, we do well and our profits are returned...

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

Jun 02, 17 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Recognizes School Gardens with “Golden Shovel” Awards

Posted by in Gardening, Landscaping

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the winners of the third annual Florida Farm to School “Golden Shovel” Awards, which recognize Florida students, educators and community...

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