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New Agriculture Facility In Archer Will Increase Conservation Efforts

By on February 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: February 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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.

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Ending Cuba Trade Embargo May Threaten Small Citrus Businesses

By on February 17th, 2015 | Last updated: February 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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.

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Plant-Eating Beetle: Cheapest Way To Kill Weeds

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The FWC has seen recent success in controlling invasive plants that overrun Florida with the use of air potato beetles, and other beetle species.

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A Season’s Waste Makes Wine

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

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.

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Saving Florida Orange Juice: The Search For A Cure For Citrus Greening – The Greening Series, Part 3

By on August 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: August 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

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 […]

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How A Fourth Generation Citrus Farmer Fights To Save His Grove – The Greening Series, Part 2

By on August 20th, 2014 | Last updated: August 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

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 […]

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Organic Farming Sustains Popularity Despite High Costs

By on April 17th, 2014 | Last updated: April 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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.

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Food Safety Guidelines Could Alter Sustainable Farm

By on April 16th, 2014 | Last updated: April 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

A new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by the FDA may pose a challenge to farmers who are using an alternative fertilizer.

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Pesticides Causing Problems For Bees

By on March 13th, 2014 | Last updated: March 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched the Florida Apiary/Citrus Industry Link to help track beehive locations.

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Panelists Discuss Local Food, Farming at UF Law School

By on February 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: February 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Former Asst. Deputy for Global Trade at the USDA weighs in on the impact of U.S. farm policy on local farming.

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