A Look at an Alternative Florida Crop: Artichokes

Explore the prospect of artichokes as an up-and-coming alternative Florida crop.

Florida is one of the leading states for agriculture in the U.S., as the sunshine and warm temperatures that earned the nickname ‘The Sunshine State’ are what most crops are looking for. Most crops. Until now, the delicious and nutritious artichoke has not fared well in Florida, mainly due to the artichoke’s need for ‘chill hours,’ or a certain number of hours of cold weather in order to bloom and grow the edible flowers. However, one University of Florida professor believes he has the key to bringing this lucrative crop to Florida as the next alternative crop. Read the details of his research, and the attractions of artichokes as an alternative Florida crop, below.
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Helping Pollinators in Agriculture Benefits Us All

Find more information for growers and producers on helping pollinators in agriculture.

In a recent ‘Power of Ten’ blog, we shared the top pollinators in agriculture and discussed the importance of pollinators in agriculture. All told, pollinators are responsible for over 30 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops, so it befits all growers and producers to take steps to help pollinators in agriculture in as many ways as possible. The returns are numerous as strong pollinators support the health of both crops and wild spaces. If you’re in production agriculture, explore what you can do to help pollinators below.
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Dairy Commodity: We all Scream for the Dairy Industry

See how the dairy industry stacks up when it comes to ice cream, and how AgAmerica supports dairy farming.

The dairy industry is one of the largest sectors in agriculture, and seeing as it’s the source of everyone’s favorite summer sweet treat—ice cream—it’s not hard to see why. August is jam-packed with nationally-designated days that celebrate ice cream. There’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on August 2ndBanana Split Day on August 10th, Ice Cream Pie Day on the 18th, and many more. Since all of these ice cream celebrations were made possible by the dairy industry, it’s only fitting to give a round of applause to those in dairy farming as well. Check out some facts about dairy and ice cream below, and explore how AgAmerica supports this important industry.
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Digging Into the Sweet Potato Industry in the Southeast

Explore the sweet potato industry in the Southeast.

The sweet potato industry is one that is quickly growing, thanks to an increase in consumer consumption. The high nutritional value of the sweet potato is re-branding the vitamin-heavy starchy root beyond an ingredient that’s only enjoyed during the holidays. The Southeast leads the country in growing sweet potatoes. Discover statistics on the sweet potato industry, below.Read More


Texas Cattle History: The History of the Stockyards

The history of the Stockyards is deeply tied to Texas cattle history.

Fort Worth, Texas is known as the town “where the West begins,” and if you’re talking about the West and Texas cattle history, you couldn’t be more accurate. Fort Worth is the home of the Stockyards. Many would argue that beef cattle and cattle drives put the West on the map, and the Stockyards and Fort Worth played a pivotal role in the development of cattle history in Texas. Discover how Fort Worth’s Texas cattle history was impacted by the Stockyards, below.Read More


The How, What, When, Where and Why of resting winter farmland

While it may seem like winter farmland is lying fallow, there is never any ‘resting’ in farming.

As winter settles into the country, many wonder what is going on with farmland and the farmers who own the land. Is everything done until next year’s planting time? Are both the farmer and the winter farmland alike resting and whiling away the free hours? Are some making a beeline for vacation and tropical shores during the winter months? Ask any farmer if he or she spends all winter resting and you’ll get a big laugh. Read on to find all the ways that farmers—and winter farmland—are busy during the colder months.Read More


A look at the Southeast Corn Varieties

There are many crops grown in the southern region of the United States; take a look at Southeast corn varieties.

Corn is a favorite vegetable, but the corn gracing American tables isn’t the only variety of corn grown. A lot of corn comes out of the Southeast, and it’s used for a variety of purposes, including playing center stage at barbecues, cookouts, and family dinners. Read about all the Southeast corn varieties below.Read More


Summer Recipes and #AgAmericaEats with Watermelon

Summer means it’s time for watermelon, and trying new watermelon recipes is the best way to enjoy this diverse melon that’s in-season in melon farm fields across the South and now hitting markets shelves. Fresh watermelon slices are full of vitamins and sweet natural juices, but you’re missing out if you’re only enjoying watermelon by the slice. Find some summertime recipes below to try to beat the summer heat.Read More


Commodity Focus: Pecans and Other Tree Nut Opportunities for Farmers

Pecans are quickly growing in popularity. Labeled as “America’s tree nut,” the pecan offers many health benefits and is a staple in southern cooking. Grown in the southern half of the U.S., 15 states from California to Virginia and Florida to Texas produce about 80 percent of the world’s pecans. This up-and-coming nut offers some attractive opportunities for farmers.Read More


3 Reminders for Managing Soil and Yield Variability in Florida Citrus Groves

As you already know, it’s very common to have non-uniform tree growth and fruit yield. Many of you already implement effective strategies to handle this problem. We want citrus farmers to have the right tools to manage non-uniform growth, increase grove productivity, reduce waste, and maintain high profits.

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