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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.


UF/IFAS Extension backyard poultry seminar

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension has become the go-to educational resource for Duval County residents who want to raise chickens in their own backyards. When Jacksonville passed an ordinance in 2015 allowing hens on residential properties, city officials wanted to make sure that people understood the basics of backyard poultry before they were issued a permit, said UF/IFAS Extension Duval County agent  More»


Course cultivates relationships millions of years in the making

Not all fungal infections are bad for plants—in fact, some of them are critical for plant survival, according University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. The UF/IFAS Applications and Analyses of Mycorrhizal Associations course teaches participants how to harness the power of these beneficial fungi. Andy Ogram, professor of soil and water sciences, and Abid Al Agely, senior biological scientist, co-founded  More»


UF/IFAS program helps small cow-calf producers get ahead

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is showing small cow-calf producers how using the latest reproductive research leads to larger profits. The UF/IFAS Florida Heifer Development Program was developed by Kalyn Waters, UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County director, and Cliff Lamb, professor of animal sciences and assistant director of the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Marianna. Both Lamb  More»


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»