UF/IFAS Begins Research to Update Best Management Practices Nutrient Recommendations

Jim Rogers Citrus, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) received $8.8 million to conduct new research that will provide farmers with new and improved nutrient recommendations for fertilization of key Florida crops. The funding, approved by the Florida Legislature, will be administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Farmers apply fertilizers to their crops …

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Industry Expert: Number of Georgia Hemp Licenses to Decline in 2022

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Georgia, Hemp

By Clint Thompson The number of Georgia producers applying for a license to grow hemp is expected to decrease in 2022. Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the level of interest among growers has dropped significantly from previous years. “It’s marketing and the financial side of things. Basically, there’s so …

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Hemp Industry Association of Florida Begins Statewide Road Tour

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp

Times are very busy in hemp industry circles these days, particularly in Florida where companies and investor groups are positioning themselves for what many see as a viable new agricultural crop alternative for Florida farmers. We finally caught up with a very busy David Hasenauer in recent days. Hasenauer is president of the new Hemp Industries Association of Florida (HIAF), …


New Hemp Industry Buoyed by CBD Demand

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) — Hemp has been hyped as a lifesaver for Florida farmers, touted as a versatile crop that can be used to build houses, feed livestock and create clothing. But it’s the plant’s healing qualities that have sparked a second cannabis “green rush,” as the state’s hemp program gets off the ground. The nationwide craze for products containing CBD …

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Nikki Fried Announces Members of New Hemp Advisory Committee

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced the members of her new Hemp Advisory Committee, which will help guide the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ hemp rulemaking process and the state’s emerging hemp industry development. Commissioner Fried is committed to Florida becoming a national leader on industrial hemp production. The appointment of committee members comes after the department held three workshops …

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Commissioner Nikki Fried on Florida Hemp Bill Signed Into Law

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, Fla. (FDACS) – SB 1020, the state hemp legislation was signed into law. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement: “Tonight’s hemp bill signing marks a transformation in Florida, and a critical step on the journey to creating a green industrial revolution, strengthening agriculture with an alternative crop of the future, and expanding access to safe, quality CBD …


Final Hemp Rulemaking Workshop Held in North Florida

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, Fla. (FDACS) – Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried joined key Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services officials to host the third public hemp rulemaking workshop at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. Today’s workshop was the third and final in a series of three events which took place in South, Central, and North Florida designed to ensure anyone interested in …