Agriculture

Hernando County Extends a Hand to Farmers with New Round of Stimulus

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard around the county, and farmers are no exception. Not only did the closing of restaurants and tourism hotspots decrease the overall demand for food, but the loss of customers began just as Florida’s harvest season was beginning. By the time federal assistance became available and restaurants had begun limited re-openings, the window for Florida growers to sell their crops had closed.

Florida Farm Bureau Federation Educates Students about Agriculture

Third graders at Chocachatti Elementary School, along with members of the 4-H Club were treated to a very special learning experience on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 to celebrate Ag Literacy Day. Dubbed an Ag Venture program, individuals representing various phases of agriculture paid a visit to the school to demonstrate and explain all about Florida’s agricultural industry. 

Hernando County’s new UF/ IFAS Extension intern shares her passion for agriculture

The  UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has a new 4-H Youth Development Intern, Sarah Cox.  Sarah joined the extension in February 2019, assisting Nancy Moores with whatever she needs and learning how each club works. She graduated from Crystal River High School in 2009, and was a substitute teacher in Citrus County before switching gears to follow her passion for agriculture.   Growing up in an agricultural family with a love of all livestock, helped her reach the decision to be an Extension agent.

FLORIDA CITRUS HARVEST LOWEST IN DECADES

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 12, 2017......... The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season --- which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

And after a season of severe drought, combined with the continued fight against a deadly citrus disease and the expansion of residential development, the news wasn't any better for grapefruit farming, where production dropped 28 percent from the prior year.

Citrus land drop-off continues across Florida

By JIM TURNER, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 13, 2016- Coming off their worst harvest in five decades, citrus growers in Florida have fewer acres to work with, as they struggle to maintain the state's signature crop against an incurable bacterial disease.

The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year, according to a survey released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.