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Agriculture

With an annual impact of $70 billion, agriculture is vital to the state of Florida. We provide relevant and timely resources to food producers and others who need information about Florida agriculture.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.


Sugarcane Pest Management

[Tweet "Some bugs love feasting on sugarcane. Find out who they are! #UFBugs http://bit.ly/1MpVG8K"]Sugarcane is an economically important crop in Florida, ranking behind only the greenhouse/nursery industry and the citrus industry in the state’s agricultural economy. Florida produces about 1.5 million tons of sugar each year!1 Though sugarcane can resist typical subtropical pests, some pests still cause problems and possibly reduce  More»


Making Decisions with the AI Cowculator App

[Tweet "How efficiently cattle reproduce is important for beef producers. This UF/IFAS app can help! #Cowculator http://bit.ly/1N59TTt"]How efficiently cattle reproduce is an important concern for beef cattle producers. In the US beef industry, 8% of operations use artificial insemination (AI) to sire calves. In comparison, AI is responsible for about 72% of pregnancies in dairy operations.1 AI has several documented advantages,  More»


Coyotes and Livestock in Florida

Have you ever seen a coyote walking down the sidewalk or dashing across the highway? You’re not alone. Over the past four to five decades, coyotes have expanded into Florida and have now been reported from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys.1 Coyotes adapt well to human environments and are known to prey on pets and livestock. This can cause problems for those who raise cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats.2 Identifying Coyotes Coyotes  More»


Southern Highbush Blueberry

Many people associate the blueberry industry with places where it gets cold—but did you know that blueberries are also grown in Florida? Origins The southern highbush blueberry is the product of a University of Florida blueberry breeding effort that began in the 1950s. This new species was created by crossing northern highbush blueberries with blueberries native to Florida and the southeastern US.1 Advantages Unlike the northern highbush  More»


What Is a Small Farm?

According to the USDA, a farm is considered “small” if its gross sales are less than $250,000. As of 2007, the large majority (93%) of farms in Florida fell into the small farm category.1 While these statistics are helpful, they still don’t fully answer the question, what is a small farm in Florida? A survey by UF/IFAS researchers1 revealed some key insights into Florida’s small farm community: Most Florida small farms  More»


Strawberry Advisory System App

Anthracnose and botrytis fruit rot are two fungal diseases that affect strawberries. Until recently, strawberry growers combated these diseases with weekly fungicide applications. However, a new app developed by UF/IFAS researchers may change that practice and make controlling these fungi more efficient.1 The Strawberry Advisory System app uses local weather forecasts to predict the risk of anthracnose and botrytis fruit rot in a  More»