AgSave$ Workshop Series: Securing Your Farm’s Financial Future

On February 23, 2015, 93 folks in the Agriculture Industry assembled to kick-off a new initiative, AgSave$, to bring personal finance education such as estate planning, succession planning, and protecting assets, to farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers in Florida.  The AgSave$ program is a cooperative effort between Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty in …

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New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on young tomato plant.  Photo Credit Joe Funderburk

Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL

Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original tospovirus discovered and it is well-known to cause vegetable, ornamental, and peanut disease epidemics in the …

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Factors that Affect Egg Production in Chickens

Article by Hank Bignell, Escambia County 4-H Agriculture and Small Farms Agent

Egg production is a normal part of chicken reproduction in healthy, young hens  There are many factors that can affect chicken egg production such as nutrition, daylight, and disease. Poultry farmers need to be aware of potential problems that may arise …

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Highlights and Presentations from the 2015 Beef Conference

A record crowd came to the Agriculture Conference Center in Jackson County was packed for the 2015 Beef Conference.

More than 160 cattle ranchers, allied industry representatives, extension agents and specialists came together to make the 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference one of the best ever.  The boost in attendance from previous years was, without a doubt, thanks to the help the Florida Cattlemen’s Association provided by spreading the word about this year’s …

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Dairy Winter Forage Field Day March 3

If you raise winter forages and would like to learn more about varieties, especially those planted under pivot spraying manure effluent in addition to water, plan to come join us Tuesday, March 3.  The first stop of the tour will be at the Suwannee Valley Extension Center farm at 8202 CR-417, Live Oak (between Live …

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Hairy Indigo Control in Peanuts

Hairy indigo can be a challenging legume weed to control in peanuts.  Photo credit:  Jay Ferrell

B. Colvin, J. Ferrell, and R. Leon

Hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta) is an annual legume that was introduced to Florida as a forage crop. It has since escaped cultivation where it can be a troublesome weed in some crop settings. Hairy indigo is particularly difficult to manage in peanut production since we are attempting to …

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Why Produce Farmers Should be Concerned about Food Safety

The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, and it’s no coincidence. A lot of work has been put into developing rules that producers, processors, and distributors must follow in order to keep the food we eat safe. Even so, there are still plenty of instances where something goes wrong …

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UF/IFAS Beekeeping Short-Course & Bee-Yard Field Day!

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The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to once again offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in March, 2015. These classes will be offered via interactive video at Extension Offices across the Panhandle. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service (listed below) to register.

Classes will be taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and other state …

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Are Grafted Vegetables for You?

Figure3. Grafted plants on the left, non-grafted on the right in a field severely infested with bacterial wilt.  Photo by Josh Freeman

If you’ve grown fruit trees your likely familiar with the process of grafting. Grafting is the physical combination of a scion, the top of the plant, with a rootstock, bottom of the plant, of two different varieties or even different plant species. This is done to achieve a certain goal, disease resistance, dwarfing, improved fruit …

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Living Soils Foster Healthy Farms

For small-scale farmers relying on cover crops and compost to fulfill their garden’s nutritional needs, it is important to remember healthy soil requires “life.”  What is it that separates soil that can support fruit and vegetable production from soil that cannot? The answer is in the microbiology or microscopic life forms of the soil.  As …

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