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...

read more

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...

read more

Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

Jan 02, 17 Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

Posted by in Featured Stories, Scientific Studies

Written by Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson. by University of Georgia.  Researchers from the University of Georgia have found that invasive species on Hawaii Island, or the Big Island of Hawaii, may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and after death, a nutrient resource for...

read more

GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES

Jan 02, 17 GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

WARREN RESEN –North American Travel Journalist Assn.                   Photos courtesy – Jekyll Island Hotel Club Most travelers on I-95 in southeastern Georgia probably zip by the Brunswick interchange (EXIT 36) barely pausing to give thought to the signs announcing Georgia’s Golden Isles. What’s so...

read more

New Year Starts Off With Some Great Fishing!!!

Jan 02, 17 New Year Starts Off With Some Great Fishing!!!

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

Article from JAson Prieto 2016 has come and gone and with that brought some great fishing and a very mild wet year. It brought us a ton of summer showers and kept us warm while everyone else across the United States got freezing weather and tons of snow. It’s reminding us why we live in Florida. It was a great year but as we enter...

read more

Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

Jan 02, 17 Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Jan Suszkiw Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tracking a honey bee killer, and their investigations have taken them from hives in Tucson, Arizona, to Bismarck, North Dakota. Led by ARS entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the team is staking out hive entrances and monitoring the comings and goings of foraging...

read more

UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu ARCADIA, Fla. — Families in Desoto County who visit their local library could walk away as gardeners and healthier eaters. That’s because the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Desoto County has implemented a program that creates a...

read more

Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

Nov 30, 16 Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Allison Floyd  When University of Georgia plant geneticist Andrew Paterson started to look for lines of sorghum that might survive in some of the most parched places in the world, he didn’t plant trials in the desert. He started out by researching which plants could survive a winter in Georgia. “We don’t see a lot of...

read more

Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve in Operation and Open to Public

Nov 30, 16 Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve in Operation and Open to Public

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County begins a new chapter in its rich history as it becomes the largest state-owned working cattle ranch to be managed by a private cattle company while expanding public recreational opportunities, including: hiking, biking, horseback riding and ranch tours. When Babcock...

read more

Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Nov 30, 16 Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

By Kyle Dawson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley believes solar panels are a way to help poultry farmers become more energy-efficient. “Since the bounceback from the economic downturn, poultry production has been steadily on the rise,” Dunkley said. “As a part of our greenhouse gas...

read more

FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

Nov 30, 16 FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November Commission meeting gave staff approval to publish proposed revisions to the Collier County manatee protection zones. Final approval of the Collier County manatee zone changes will go...

read more

105 years in the making – New Orleans comes to South Florida Fair

Nov 30, 16 105 years in the making – New Orleans comes to South Florida Fair

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association West Palm Beach, Fla. –– The South Florida Fair is bringing  its own version of Mardi Gras to life — complete with elaborate floats, daily parades, colorful bead toss, and Louisiana-style entertainment and food — as it carries out a spectacular New Orleans theme...

read more

Fall-blooming camellias offer stunning landscape performance

Nov 30, 16 Fall-blooming camellias offer stunning landscape performance

Posted by in Featured Stories, Gardening, Landscaping

By Norman Winter Hurricane Matthew gave our Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail a stiff uppercut as it brought down a lot of large trees. Now, one month later, the fall-blooming camellias are bringing in guests to gaze upon their beauty and their pollinating honeybee visitors. The bees seem to be in ecstasy as they literally dive...

read more

Rain simulation project aimed at improving Georgia vegetable production

Nov 30, 16 Rain simulation project aimed at improving Georgia vegetable production

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Kyle Dawson A simulated rain research project coordinated by two University of Georgia scientists is aimed at enhancing and improving vegetable production. A custom-built rainfall simulator previously developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory in Tifton, Georgia,...

read more

A Better Lure to Detect and Control an Avocado Pest

By Dennis O’Brien An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed a new tool to help Florida avocado producers concerned about a disease that is killing their trees. It’s a lure that makes it easier to detect and control the invasive pest that spreads the disease. Laurel wilt disease is spread by the redbay...

read more

Eating dairy cheese may protect against sodium-related health risks

by Marjorie S. by Penn State Consuming dairy cheese instead of other sodium-laden foods may actually protect against some of sodium’s effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers say the protection comes from antioxidant properties of dairy proteins in...

read more

Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

Nov 01, 16 Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

Posted by in Featured Stories, Livestock

Writer: Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say...

read more

Georgia’s dry summer is contributing to a great year for Georgia’s grape harvest

Nov 01, 16 Georgia’s dry summer is contributing to a great year for Georgia’s grape harvest

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Merritt Melancon Fall may be known as harvest time for peanuts, cotton and apples in Georgia, but the state’s winemakers would like Georgians to start thinking about grapes when the leaves start to transition to red and orange. Between August and mid-October, Georgia’s 70 or so traditional vineyard owners will harvest just...

read more

Commissioner Putnam Announces 2017 Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees

Nov 01, 16 Commissioner Putnam Announces 2017 Agricultural Hall of Fame Honorees

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 •  Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation announced today four honorees who will be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame for 2017. These...

read more

Touring Historic Savannah Georgia

Nov 01, 16 Touring Historic Savannah Georgia

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association Jeanne O’Connor – Photography Pre-Civil War Savannah was called the most picturesque and serene city in America.  Today it is a reminder of what many consider to have been the epitome of a society in gentler times as portrayed by Hollywood. Savannah played a...

read more