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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.


65th Annual UF/IFAS Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Who:    The University of Florida IFAS department of animal sciences will host the 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course. What:    Both small and large beef producers are invited to hear experts discuss hot topics and current research related to the beef industry. Presentations will include “Modern Ag in a Facebook Culture,” “Understanding the Use of GMOs in Agriculture”  More»


Feeding Marine Fish Larvae with Airlifts

Above: A Melanuras wrasse larvae fourteen days after hatching. UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Photo by Kevin Barden. Marine fish are raised for the food, bait, and ornamental (aquarium fish) industries. Very young marine fish (larvae) have specific food needs, and meeting these needs is one of the challenges of producing quality fish in aquaculture.1 Airlifts can help producers cheaply and effectively capture  More»


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»