Are you interested in testing out your green thumb, or already know you have one, but do not have the space because of city living? We have curated a starter guide for how to experience rural gardening in the urban jungle! Growing your own herbs or house plants is becoming more popular, especially among Millennials. … More Starter Guide to Urban Gardening
Florida is known for its sunny and tropical weather, however, on occasion, when the winter months creep up, the temperature can drop to freezing or below. Florida residents may not be equipped with the necessary knowledge to protect their plants, so we wanted to share a few things to consider when a Florida freeze does … More How to prepare for a Florida freeze
If you are looking to travel to Florida for a quick trip to the breezy beaches or thrilling theme parks, visit family and friends, or coming to stay permanently, here are some tips to follow to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe experience benefiting both you and all of Florida’s residents, agriculture and natural resources. If you are planning to … More Traveling to Florida — What you need to know
In September, one of our entomologists, Dr. Paul Skelley, was invited to travel to Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil by Fernando Vaz-de-Mello, a professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, to be a guest scholar of the Department of Biology and Zoology. The Department of Biology and Zoology has a visiting scholar program, which encourages international research … More Dr. Paul Skelley – Research trip to Brazil
October is National Native Plant Month. To celebrate, we asked Dr. Patti Anderson, a botanist here at DPI, to write a guest blog sharing some of her favorite plants. Be sure to read through the end of her blog, where Patti shares a special treat! Native plant month should be big news in Florida because … More Here’s What Our Industry Insider Says About Native Plant Month.
September marks the seventh anniversary of the giant African land snail eradication program. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture ave been at the forefront of the program in South Florida since its inception in 2011. From the beginning, the eradication program has made … More GALS 7th Anniversary
In celebration of the first official day of fall on September 22, we are sharing some of the top fall-colored plants and flowers found blooming in Florida during the autumn season. Most people do not think of fall color — or even fall weather in Florida, but parts of the state thought only to have … More Fall Color in Florida
This summer, the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) has been happy to have Savannah Banner interning in our entomology section under Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Miller. Savannah is a 2018 high school graduate from Micanopy, Florida. She heard about the internship opportunity through her involvement with 4-H and a meeting with the undergraduate coordinator at … More Meet our Intern: Savannah Banner
Americans have celebrated the Fourth of July as the day the 13 original colonies separated from England and declared their independence in 1776. But did you know that farmers celebrate the Fourth of July for an entirely different reason? In America’s early days the west was still new territory and largely used as vast agricultural land. The creation of … More Happy Farmer’s Fourth!
Cheerios may be in the spotlight now for its #BringBacktheBees program which is mailing seed packets across the nation to homeowners who are interested in preserving native pollinators.
Here is how you can help without Cheerios seeds. … More Save the Pollinators