By recycling food and lawn scraps, you can create compost and feed the worms

Apr 01, 18 By recycling food and lawn scraps, you can create compost and feed the worms

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By Lisa Sehannie Use a compost bin to turn fruit and vegetable scraps and lawn debris into rich compost to feed vegetable gardens and landscape plants. To stay healthy, compost bins must be fed too. As a Master Composter Extension Volunteer trained through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, here are my tips on caring for a...

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UF/IFAS research: Tiny insect may help reduce hydrilla presence in Florida waters

by Tom Nordlie A tiny insect with a big appetite for hydrilla could help reduce the presence of this troublesome invasive water weed in lakes, springs and rivers, says an entomologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. During National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 26 to March 2),...

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ARS Scientist Leads $1 Million Funded Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

By Kim Kaplan Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees’ number one problem. Cook, with the Bee Research Laboratory, a part of ARS’s Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center,...

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UF-lead team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

by Samantha Grenrock The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which is a critical part of its native ecosystem in the Florida Panhandle. That’s why he and other leading...

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UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their destructive range; meaning half the structures in South Florida...

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‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Feb 01, 18 ‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

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By Norman Winter In Japanese, the word “kanjiro” means “you must feel.” I’m not sure if that means “to touch” or “to experience,” but the ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is certainly one to experience. The ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is known botanically as “Camellia hiemalis” and debuted in 1954. The longevity of this...

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Avian flu found in wild duck; backyard flock owners asked to stay vigilant

At the end of December 2017, the H7 strain of avian influenza was found in a green-winged teal, a widespread North American duck, collected in McIntosh County on the Georgia coast. Wild birds are known vectors of avian influenza. Backyard and pastured poultry flocks are especially vulnerable when exposed to their wild cousins,...

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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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“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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Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Dec 01, 17 Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

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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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Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to prevent heat-related symptoms among Hispanic farmworkers; research mental,...

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Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

A fter Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth to raise plants and animals. The sites were in shambles, Smith said. In Homestead, fallen trees destroyed...

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UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

Nov 01, 17 UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

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by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis alluaudi, is native to Madagascar and is...

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Florida Homeowners Asked to Help with Citrus Crop

by: Veronica Carter GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and some ornamental...

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More Than 2,500 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Okeechobee Ranch Preserved

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today approved the preservation of 2,523 acres of environmentally sensitive land within Corona Ranch in Okeechobee County through cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future...

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Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

Nov 01, 17 Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

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By Dario Chavez Farmers aren’t the only ones busy working in their fields to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irma. As the University of Georgia’s peach specialist based on the UGA Griffin campus, my team and I have been busy trying to save young trees in our 3-year-old research orchard. Irma passed through Georgia with strong,...

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Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Sep 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service deployed 40 additional firefighters this morning to assist...

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Mediterranean-style diets linked to better brain function in older adults

by American Geriatrics Society Eating foods included in two healthy diets – the Mediterranean or the MIND diet – is linked to a lower risk for memory difficulties in older adults, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains,...

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Establishment of more invasive species a concern for UGA experts

By Sharon Dowdy, Clint Thompson Over the next 10 years, the number of cargo containers operating out of the Port of Savannah, Georgia, is expected to double. While additional cargo means increased revenue for the state, Chuck Bargeron, associate director of the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health,...

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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

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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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