Everglades Ag Area Vital to America’s Food Security

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By Frank Giles The region south of Lake Okeechobee, comprised largely of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), is one of the most unique farming landscapes on the planet. Its wide-open vistas can be seen from space, and the land’s dark, rich soils contribute to the production of a significant portion of America’s specialty crop supply. Over the years, farming expanded …

The Villages Grown Takes Local to the Next Level

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By Frank Giles It is often said that real estate is all about location, location, location. The same can be said for the concept of local food systems. Farms being near the population they serve is a key element to success. There might be no better example of a prime location to establish a farm than The Villages in Central …

State of Organic Produce 2022 Report is Released

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In a report released by Organic Produce Network, the performance of individual organic produce categories displayed a wide range of results last year (2022). Though total organic produce sales had a 3% increase, and the volume showed a -3.7% decrease, the performance of the top 20 categories varied greatly due to inflation and other factors of a complex market environment. …

UF/IFAS to Host Lettuce Advisory Committee Meeting

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will host a lettuce advisory committee meeting in Belle Glade, Florida on Tuesday, March 22. The meeting will be designated to discussing lettuce and other leafy vegetable production issues. It will start at noon and conclude at 3 p.m. Click here to register.

Downy Mildew in Lettuce: Growers Need to be on Preventative Program

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By Clint Thompson One of the most important diseases of lettuce was found last week in a Florida field in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Richard Raid, a professor in plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, discusses the disease’s impact and why he encourages growers to be on a preventative program. “Lettuce downy mildew …