Panhandle Agriculture

Florida Agricultural Damages due to Hurricane Irma Estimated $2.5 Billion

Citrus trees in Hendry County destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Credit: Gene McAvoy Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced on October 4, 2017 that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $ 2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, …

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Friday Funny: The Chicken Cannon

It has been 10 months since we shared a Friday Funny, due to a lack of good material.  Special thanks to Ed Jowers, Emeritus Jackson County Extension Director for sending this funny story to share: Photo Credit: Scott Sommerdorf The Chicken Cannon Scientists at NASA built a special cannon to launch standard 6-pound, whole dead …

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Friday Feature: Farmers for America Trailer

This week’s featured video is actually the movie trailer for a new documentary called Farmers for America.  This video provides brief highlights of the issues that will be addressed in the documentary film that will be making its way across America over the coming months.  The film will debut at the Indianapolis City Market on …

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Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017

Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist The marketing assistance loan (MAL) is an important tool used by many producers and marketing associations in cotton pricing and risk management.  In addition to research and farmer education, I teach courses in commodity marketing and agricultural policy and I tell my students that the key to basic understanding …

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Cost-share Program to Grow Sales through an Export Market

A new program, hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is helping local farmers and producers maximize their growth potential through export sales! This program provides a scholarship to qualified recipients, which facilitates the development of a uniquely customized Agribusiness Export Marketing Plan. These plans assist “new-to-export” and “currently exporting” growers and value …

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Antique Tractor and Souped-Up Lawnmower Enthusiasts Invited to Participate in Farm City Festival – November 3 & 4

For the fourth straight year, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a two-day Farm City Festival, on November 3 & 4, 2017, in Marianna, FL.  If you love antiques tractors or souped-up lawnmowers, this is a unique opportunity.  Antique tractor enthusiasts have two opportunities to take part in this special celebration with …

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Weed of the Week: Blackberry

Fall is the best time to apply herbicides for blackberry briar control. Credit: Brent Sellers Across the southeastern United States, there are several different species of Rubus (Blackberry and Dewberry). Blackberry is a common issue for pasture owners, with it also commonly growing in fence rows, and ditch banks. Lack of management will result in …

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Farm Food Safety Certification Training – October 26

Attendance at an FDA compliant food safety training is required for fruit and vegetable farms that have an annual value of produce sold (based on a three year average) of $ 25,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more.  The compliance date for some farms is as early as January 1, 2020 which seems like a long …

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UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses

Endophytes that live in forage grass species are being studied by University of Florida researchers. Photo: Ann Blount Ann Blount, Sunny Liao, Florencia Marcon and Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center “What is an Endophyte and why are they in my grass pastures?” may be a question that cattlemen in Florida have …

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