Meet Alabama Extension’s New and Improved Farming Basics App

Jim Rogers General, Specialty Crops, Technology

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In 2019, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System brought the world of farming to the palm of a farmer’s hand with a smartphone application (app). The Farming Basics app opened a gateway of information for small and beginning farmers. Fast forward to 2022 — this app has a facelift, providing even more information to farmers. “The new …

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Nominations Open for the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

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TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its class of 2023 inductees. The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors producers, commodity leaders, educators, scientists and others who have made significant contributions to the production of food in Florida. The online nomination form is available on the Florida Ag Hall of Fame website. Visit floridaaghalloffame.org …

The People of U.S. Sugar to be Featured on Upcoming Episode of Mike Rowe’s “How America Works”

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Clewiston, FL – Mike Rowe’s How America Works pays tribute to some of the nation’s most vital industries while providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how these industries work and contribute to America’s infrastructure. Rowe’s enthusiasm for showcasing these professions often overlooked led him to Florida to dive into one of America’s sweetest industries: sugarcane farming and processing. To help show viewers how sugarcane is grown, harvested, and processed before the sweet stuff ends up on …

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What’s Happening? Clemson Extension Agents Provide Weekly Crop Updates

Jim Rogers General, Specialty Crops

Clemson Extension agents provide crop updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Rob Last reports, “Insect and disease activity is increasing in the area across a broad range of crops. In cucurbits, we are seeing powdery mildew and gummy stem blight in watermelon. Remember to keep …

Fried Speaks About Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative

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By Clint Thompson Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Nikki Fried formally launched the FDACS Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative on Thursday in Plant City, Florida. Fried hopes to create awareness about a concern not easily talked about in the agricultural sector – stress and its impact on mental health. “We know the suicide rate for farmers is double …

Weekly Updates: Clemson Extension Agents Discuss State’s Crops

Jim Rogers General, Specialty Crops, Weather

Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Zack Snipes reports, “It seems like everything is coming in from the fields right now. We got some rain but could really use some more. I am seeing lots of aphids on a variety of …

Bill Brim: Fighting for the Future of U.S. Farmers

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By Clint Thompson Georgia farmer Bill Brim faces his share of challenges producing spring and fall crops in Tifton. But one worry haunts him daily: Where his grandchildren and future generations will get their food. “It’s going to come from the south of us (Mexico imports), and it’s going to be controlled by other people that you don’t want to …

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Reps. Franklin, Soto Request EPA to Reconsider Ban of Thiram Fungicide

Jim Rogers General, Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON — Representatives Scott Franklin (FL-15) and Darren Soto (FL-09) sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on May 20 urging reconsideration of a ban on the usage of Thiram, an important fungicide used in the cultivation of strawberries. A ban of Thiram would be devastating to the strawberry production, according to industry experts. In December, the EPA proposed …