Matt Lollar

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Name: Matt Lollar
Date registered: May 13, 2015

Biography

Matt Lollar is the Jackson County Horticulture Agent. He has 5 years of experience with University of Florida/IFAS Extension and he began his career in Sanford, FL as the Seminole County Horticulture Agent. Matt is originally from Belle Fontaine, AL. He earned his MS and BS degrees in Horticulture Production from Auburn University.

Latest posts

  1. Update – What to Know About the New Temporary Ag Worker Bill? — November 3, 2017
  2. Pecan Field Day – November 16 – Monticello — November 3, 2017
  3. Farm Food Safety Certification Training – October 26 — October 13, 2017
  4. Farm Food Safety Workshops – October 5 & 26 — September 8, 2017
  5. Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty — June 9, 2017

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Update – What to Know About the New Temporary Ag Worker Bill?

The new Temporary Agricultural Workers Visa Program (H-2C bill) passed the United States House Judiciary Committee review last Wednesday. H-2C is described in the Ag Worker Act (HR-4092). H-2C is a proposed update to the current H-2A program. Hopefully the new program will simplify hiring temporary workers for farm work. Before going into the details …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/update-what-to-know-about-the-new-temporary-ag-worker-bill/

Pecan Field Day – November 16 – Monticello

The Florida Pecan Field Day has been rescheduled. Producers will meet in Monticello on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Jefferson County Extension Office for the annual field day and Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. If you’re a pecan grower, or just considering it, the morning’s topics and speakers will be a great opportunity to learn …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/pecan-field-day-november-16-monticello/

Farm Food Safety Certification Training – October 26

Attendance at an FDA compliant food safety training is required for fruit and vegetable farms that have an annual value of produce sold (based on a three year average) of $25,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more.  The compliance date for some farms is as early as January 1, 2020 which seems like a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/farm-food-safety-certification-training-october-26/

Farm Food Safety Workshops – October 5 & 26

Two Farm Food Safety Workshops are scheduled for October in the Panhandle.  A Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop is scheduled for October 5th in Crestview and a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training is scheduled for October 26 in Marianna.  The PSA Grower Training curriculum is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/farm-food-safety-workshops-october-5-26/

Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty

Cassava, also called yuca (not to be confused with the ornamental plant Yucca), tapioca, or manioc in other regions of the world, is a tropical root crop native to South America.  Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and spurge.  The cassava root is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/cassava-a-crop-for-the-back-forty/

Cowpea Curculio Outbreak Anticipated after Mild Winter

Peas are a staple food throughout the South.  Whether you prefer southern peas, cowpeas, or blackeye peas, they are all under threat from the cowpea curculio, also known locally as pea weevils.  With the mild winter this year, growers can anticipate that cowpea curculios may show up much earlier in the season, with a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/cowpea-curculio-outbreak-anticipated-after-mild-winter/

Pecan Harvest Equipment Demonstration Video

The Texas Pecan Short Course is an annual, four day training offered by Texas A&M University. The short course teaches pecan orchard managers and prospective pecan growers how to plant, grow, harvest, and market pecans. A harvest equipment demonstration is one of the hands-on activities offered during this training. The following video that provides …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/pecan-harvest-equipment-demonstration-video/

Things You Should Know About Farm Food Safety

It seems like years ago that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, but it was actually 2011.  With a new congress convening this week, and the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on January 20th, the outlook for FSMA is unpredictable.  Whatever the future may hold, there are a number of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/things-you-should-know-about-farm-food-safety/

Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Highlights

The Panhandle Ag Extension Team hosted the inaugural Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on Tuesday, October 11.  The conference featured three concurrent session tracks for participants to choose from, a keynote address on whole farm business profitability, and a locally sourced lunch cooked by the Jackson County Master Gardeners.  More than 120 people attended the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/21/panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference-highlights/

Weed Control Can Also Reduce Insect Damage

Insects, like humans, do not like exerting more effort than is necessary. They are also picky eaters. When an insect lands on a plant that it cannot eat or doesn’t prefer to eat, then it must exert more time and effort to search for a more palatable host plant. Fortunately for the farmer, the more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/22/weed-control-can-also-reduce-insect-damage/

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