In this Issue:
  • Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017
  • High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management
  • Wiswall to be Keynote Speaker at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference
  • Beef Herd Expansion Progress Report
  • Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops
  • High Tunnels Can Exclude Vegetable Pests
  • 2015 Small Farms Series: Organic Vegetable Production Course in January
  • Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules
  • Cover Crops
  • New Leaf Market sponsors Tour of Local Farms – Oct 19 & 20
  • Organic

    Organic Certification Cost Share Available for 2017

    Funding Announcement

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received funding from the 2017 National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) , which is a program of the United State Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS). These funds will be used to reimburse growers, handlers, and processors for a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/organic-certification-cost-share-available-for-2017/

    High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management

    Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator

    Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. His work focuses on finding practical solutions for managing insect pests that affect peanut and vegetable crops. “Dr. A,” as he is commonly known, has developed a very strong relationship …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/08/26/high-tunnel-exclusion-systems-for-improved-pest-management/

    Wiswall to be Keynote Speaker at the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference

    Author: Jose Perez, UF/IFAS Small Farms Extension Coordinator

    Richard Wiswall has been a farmer for 35 years. He runs Cate Farm, a certified organic farm in Vermont  and is author of “The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook.”  Richard’s experience as a farmer is sure to resonate with all farmers who strive to manage their farm profitably. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/01/wiswall-to-be-keynote-speaker-at-the-panhandle-fruit-and-vegetable-conference/

    Beef Herd Expansion Progress Report

    Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

    We are now two years into herd expansion and that leads to questions of how much more herd expansion is ahead and, to a lesser degree, questions about how fast remaining herd expansion will occur.  Beginning with a January, 2014 low of 29.1 million …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/11/beef-herd-expansion-progress-report/

    Cover Crops can Boost the Fertility of Subsequent Cash Crops

    Fall crops are the focus of many small farmers in Florida this time of year, but it would be prudent to take a peak forward and start planning for the spring season. Many small farmers that sell directly to consumers at venues like farmers markets and farm stands feel the demand from consumers for “Local,” …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/10/30/small-farms-cover-crop-fertility/

    High Tunnels Can Exclude Vegetable Pests

    High tunnel crop production has steadily increased in Northwest Florida, with many utilizing funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). There are many benefits to high tunnel production with crop earliness being the most talked about. Another major benefit being observed through trials in Jay, FL, at the UF/IFAS …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/06/19/high-tunnels-can-exclude-vegetable-pests/

    2015 Small Farms Series: Organic Vegetable Production Course in January

    UF/IFAS Extension offices across the Panhandle and three locations in Alabama will be offering a three night Organic Vegetable Production series starting on the evening of January 15th.  The classes will be taught by university professionals who have a great deal of experience in organic production.  The class will be geared to farmers who want …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/11/14/2015-small-farms-series-organic-vegetable-production-course-will-begin-in-january/

    Whole Farm Integrated Pest Management Video Modules

    If you are interested in learning how to manage pests using integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on a whole farm or whole landscape level, a team of University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty has developed a series of video modules just for you. These modules were developed at the UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/08/15/whole-farm-integrated-pest-management-video-modules/

    Cover Crops

    Cover crops have been used by agricultural producers for thousands of years.  However, we have seen a decline in cover crop use over the past century, as the use of commercial fertilizers have increased.  Even though they are readily available and easy to use, commercial fertilizers, by themselves however, do not increase or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/10/25/cover-crops-2/

    New Leaf Market sponsors Tour of Local Farms – Oct 19 & 20

    New Leaf Market in Tallahassee has hosted a local farm tour for the past 6 years. The 2013 Farm Tour will be October 19 & 20. This much anticipated event has grown to become a Fall tradition and will feature over 41 sites. All tours are free to the public. Suggested …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2013/10/12/newleaftour2013/

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