Florida’s farming industry woke up on a positive note to hear members of the U.S. House and Senate have finally approved an agriculture disaster relief package that will send billions to growers impacted by Hurricane Irma. The package — passed overnight as part of the massive federal budget deal — provides […]

House & Senate Approve Disaster Relief Package

JONATHAN BROWN Citrus grower Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms in Arcadia reacts to the Oct. 12 initial U.S. Department of Agriculture citrus crop forecast of 54 million boxes of Florida oranges. He also discusses damage from Hurricane Irma. “I was a little bit impressed that it (the forecast) came out […]

Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms Discusses Crop Forecast, Irma Damage

USDA Organic
Only half of the nation’s qualifying organic operations take advantage of the USDA’s National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP). This government-funded program allows certified organic producers and handlers to receive assistance with costs related to organic certification, such as inspection fees, sales assessments, travel costs, and more.  Florida Organic […]

Organic Certification Cost Share Applications Due November 15

If all goes according to announced plans, by now, the administration has opened negotiations on NAFTA. In the months leading up to the July release of trade negotiation objectives by the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) and other industry groups, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, […]

Specialty Crop Concern Feeds Need to Negotiate NAFTA Now

Jawwad Qureshi, assistant professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will be speaking on management of Asian citrus psyllids at the 2017 Citrus Expo. Qureshi’s talk will cover conventional management systems compared to organic production systems, which are being studied in large-scale […]

Organic vs Traditional Citrus Psylliad Management – Qureshi to speak ...

Wendy Graham UF
What’s more important than water to a farmer? Not much. With that in mind, the $5 million, five-year grant received by the University of Florida Water Institute to promote water security for the region’s farmers and foresters should come as welcome relief. Faculty from UF/IFAS, University of Georgia, Albany State University, and Auburn University are collaborating on […]

New Project to Promote Water Security for Florida and Georgia ...

Off Switch on Greening
Nian Wang, an associate professor of microbiology and cell sciences at UF/IFAS, is working with the gene-editing technique called CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats). CRISPR techniques are being used to generate greening-resistant citrus varieties by modifying the susceptibility genes within the plants. Wang’s system tricks a plant into […]


Florida drought and low rainfall
Following an epic dry season full of water shortage warnings, burn bans, and brush fires, Florida’s wet season kicked off on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum, dropping nearly double the amount of rain normally seen in June across the majority of South Florida as well as North-Central parts of the Sunshine […]

Florida Struggling to Stay Afloat in Wake of Drought

Okeechobee, FL – With Lake Okeechobee levels rising, five navigation locks on the north shore will soon return to normal operations. When the lake reaches 12.5 feet, these locks will be open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Okeechobee County: S-193 structure, Taylor Creek. Okeechobee County: G-36 structure, Henry Creek. Martin County: […]

Attention Farmers – Locks to Return to Normal Operations When ...

Agricultural BMPs are practical measures designed to assist you achieve this goal by reducing the amount of fertilizer, pesticides, animal waste and other pollutants entering water resources. They were developed with input from University of Florida researchers, Extension specialists, other experts, grower groups and growers. Implementation of FDACS-adopted BMPs provides a presumption […]

Area Farmers – BMPs Workshop and SW FL Small Farmers ...