GAINESVILLE—Ostrich meat is about to go from nouvelle cuisine to the dinner table of the nuclear family, if Florida ostrich farmers’ predictions are on the money.
The shakeout period the fledgling industry has been waiting for has finally arrived, says a University of Florida poultry science expert. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—A real Peter Cottontail can be a fun and educational addition to your family, not just an Easter guest, says a University of Florida specialist on raising rabbits.
But before they send their children hopping down the bunny trail, parents should be prepared; a rabbit is not the same kind of pet as a dog or cat, said Wayne Odegaard, director of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension, a part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
GAINESVILLE — The deadline for farmers to sign contracts to begin or renew their participation in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is March 28, 1997, according to a University of Florida agricultural economist.
“More than half of all existing CRP contracts signed nationwide expire on September 30, 1997, and expiring contracts will not be automatically renewed,” said Evan Drummond with the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). “Farmers with existing, expiring contracts must reapply at their local county USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Farm Service Agency if they wish to continue in the program.” (more …)