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Described as one of the worst diseases to ever hit Florida orange groves, citrus greening is costing the state’s general fund $5.75 million. If the disease is not curbed it could be detrimental to Florida’s agriculture and economy.
A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bee Informed Partnership found that the country’s bee population is dwindling. Florida’s bee colonies, however, are growing, and local beekeepers see a problem with the national numbers.
Tim Broschat, a University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, developed a palm fertilizer suitable for Florida’s soil that could also reduce water pollution during the summer. At this time, his fertilizer is only available for commercial landscapers.
Seventy-four acres of land in Archer will be used as the site for a new agriculture facility. The facility will offer recreational activities for Archer residents and surrounding areas as well as wildlife conservation.
The United States may terminate a 55-year-old trade embargo with Cuba, which could pose a threat to small citrus groves in Alachua County. The $9 billion industry may be affected by the new competition and importation, putting local growers out of business.
The FWC has seen recent success in controlling invasive plants that overrun Florida with the use of air potato beetles, and other beetle species.
Island Grove LLC., a Hawthorne berry farm, made a partnership to found a winery that makes use of the berries left in the fields at the end of the season that would have been frozen or thrown away.
Saving Florida Orange Juice: The Search For A Cure For Citrus Greening – The Greening Series, Part 3
Nutrient supplements, root stock additives, genetic modification, heat therapies and a bacterial killer are just a few of the proposed solutions to what has been called the worst disease in history to hit Florida orange groves. Citrus greening, a bacterial […]
Steve Futch, UF IFAS Extension agent, and family farmer, Mac Turner, right, tour the new orange tree plantings on Turner’s family farm in Arcadia, Fla. in April 2014. (Heather van Blokland/WUFT) Citrus farmer Mac Turner is fighting to keep his […]
North Central farmers are straying away from pesticide-filled, genetically engineered foods with an emphasis on organic practices. The number of organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years.