In this Issue:
  • Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity
  • Enhanced Florida Hay Supplier Website Offers Free Advertising for Hay Producers
  • Managing Greenhouse Insect Pests through Exclusion Techniques
  • Recap and Presentations from the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!
  • 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
  • Small Farms

    Utilizing Compost to Boost Crop Productivity

    International Compost Awareness Week is May 6-12 this year. This educational initiative, promoted by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, was started in Canada in 1995, and has continued to grow in popularity as communities, businesses, municipalities, schools, and organizations celebrate the benefits of compost and composting. But perhaps the most important people involved …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/27/utilizing-compost-to-boost-crop-productivity/

    Enhanced Florida Hay Supplier Website Offers Free Advertising for Hay Producers

    Chris Denmark and Emily Hetherington, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing and Development

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’(FDACS) Division of Marketing and Development has redesigned the Hay Suppliers web page to provide more utility for both hay producers and consumers. FDACS recognized the need for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/09/enhanced-florida-hay-supplier-website-offers-free-advertising-for-hay-producers/

    Managing Greenhouse Insect Pests through Exclusion Techniques

    Greenhouse vegetable production can help diversify your farm.  Florida possesses a competitive advantage during winter months, because of much lower heating costs compared to other states and Canada.  A major disadvantage, however, to producing greenhouse vegetables during the winter is the increased insect pest pressure at planting time (August – September).  A key insect pest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/09/managing-greenhouse-insect-pests-through-exclusion-techniques/

    Recap and Presentations from the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop

    Thank you to all those who attended the Tri-State Cucurbit Workshop held in Jackson County on January 25, 2018!  There was a great turnout with participants from Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.

    Thank you to our presenters: Dr. Mathews Paret; Dr. Melanie Kalischuck; Dr. Josh Freeman; and Dr. Peter Dittmar!  Whether you attended the workshop, or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/02/02/recap-and-presentations-from-the-tri-state-cucurbit-workshop/

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference Agenda Now Available!

    Join us for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference on February 19 & 20 in Pensacola! Registration includes a farm tour, dinner after the tour, breakfast & lunch the next day, and excellent educational sessions. The complete agenda is now available.  Use your mouse or finger to “click” on the image below for full screen …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/26/panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference-agenda-now-available/

    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/

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