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
Milk and cookies, Valentine’s Day and flowers, peanut butter and jelly some things are just meant to be together. For St. Patrick’s Day it’s corned beef and cabbage, which has been an American tradition since the 1800s. But did you know that cabbage became popular as a result of a damaging agricultural fungus? … More Happy National Cabbage Day!
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is organized to bring attention to the impacts, prevention and management of invasive species – and all those who are working toward healthy, biodiverse ecosystems. Florida knows all too well about the impact of invasive species and how they can damage our fragile environment. Below are just a handful of … More National Invasive Species Awareness Week
While thousands of people roam about the Florida State Fair in search of a new fried food or even their next favorite ride, many are learning new information about their state. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (DPI) is center stage in the Agricultural Hall of Fame at the … More Insects and More at the Florida State Fair
Ouch- the red imported fire ant, we all know this tic-tac sized fierce biting nuisance. You probably stepped in a pile of these ants as a child or know someone who has, so you know how painful they can be. Unfortunately, this fire ant problem is not just in Florida. They have been found … More Flies you Might Like
The poinsettia is the most popular holiday plant this time of year. They come in an array of different colors from pink, blue, purple, white, orange, even multi-colored but are traditionally red. You’ve seen these beautiful plants in every supermarket from November to December but they mysteriously disappear after New Year’s Day. Many people toss … More Ponsettias
Warner Brothers just released their brand new movie from the Harry Potter franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a wonderful movie set in 1926 New York City where a foreign traveler Newt Scamander a magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures) is writing a manuscript in the hopes of helping non-maj (muggles) understand … More Don’t Pack a Fantastic Beast