GAINESVILLE—Valentine bouquets are big business for the floral industry this time of year, with four out of every five bouquets featuring ferns from Florida, say researchers at the University of Florida.
But in recent years, Florida’s fern industry has struggled for survival because of inflation, disease, increasing government regulations, foreign competition, and the crop’s need for large amounts of water and nutrients. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Twenty-seven of the state’s most promising agricultural and natural resources leaders have been selected for Class III of the Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Sponsored and directed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the program is designed for people in the private sector who are already leaders but aspire to greater leadership roles in the private or public sectors in their communities, at state, national, or even international levels. (more …)