In this Issue:
  • UF/IFAS Bee College is Coming to the Panhandle – March 23-24
  • Meet the Keynote Speaker for the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?
  • Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?
  • Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations
  • 2016 Corn Variety Trial Summary from Jay, Florida
  • Hosting a Farm Tour is an Excellent Marketing Tool
  • High Tunnel Exclusion Systems for Improved Pest Management
  • Weed Control Can Also Reduce Insect Damage
  • Small Farms

    UF/IFAS Bee College is Coming to the Panhandle – March 23-24

    Panhandle Bee College, Friday & Saturday, March 23-24, 2018

    Faced with increasing challenges to honeybee colonies, beekeepers are searching for fact-based answers on bee health, nutrition, selling hive products, best management practices, and Africanized bees.  Because of sustained local interest and strong inter-agency partnerships, the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/uf-ifas-bee-college-is-coming-to-the-panhandle-march-23-24/

    Meet the Keynote Speaker for the Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference

    Join UF/IFAS Extension at the 2018 Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference.  Participants will receive the most current recommendations on vegetable, fruit, and nut production, and much more.  You don’t want to miss the pre-conference farm tour and the opportunity to hear the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joy Rumble, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, University …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/meet-the-keynote-speaker-for-the-panhandle-fruit-and-vegetable-conference/

    Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

    Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in Section 500.80 of the Florida Statutes. These food products must be sold within Florida, they cannot be sold wholesale, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/updates-to-the-florida-cottage-food-law/

    What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?

    Many small farms have poultry as part of their operation to supply eggs and meat for their immediate and extended family.  With recent federal and state rule changes, however, it is now possible to sell both eggs and dressed poultry direct from the farm to consumers.  Eggs and whole, dressed poultry can be sold …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/what-are-the-requirements-to-sell-eggs-and-dressed-poultry-from-florida-small-farms/

    Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

    The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new farmers and you probably chose to take this endeavor …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/where-to-start-with-marketing-fresh-produce/

    Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

    Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/10/late-winter-citrus-considerations/

    2016 Corn Variety Trial Summary from Jay, Florida

    Santa Rosa County is not a major corn producer, as compared to the Midwest, but farmers there do grow 600-800 acres of field corn each year. These producers plant corn as a summer rotational crop, some for cattle feed, and a significant acreage is planted and sold to our wildlife enthusiasts.

    The University of Florida/IFAS, West Florida Research …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/16/2016-corn-variety-trials-in-jay-florida/

    Hosting a Farm Tour is an Excellent Marketing Tool

    One excellent way to increase farm sales is to host a farm tour. In 2013 the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1106, protecting farmers and ranchers from liability as long as activities are directly related to agriculture. This has opened up many opportunities for Florida farmers and has given citizens access to local farms …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/02/hosting-a-farm-tour-is-an-excellent-marketing-tool/

    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/

    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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