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Vegetable Resources

Vegetable production and marketing in Manatee County is a 290 million dollar industry encompassing approximately 30,000 acres and including a variety of crops. The largest acreages are devoted to tomatoes, snap beans, watermelons, cucumbers, and potatoes. Other crops include pepper, cantaloupe, squash, oriental vegetables and other minor and specialty crops.

The Manatee County Extension Service, with access to the many resources of the University of Florida, provides assistance to the vegetable industry in many different subject areas.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SERVICE TO MANATEE COUNTY:

  • General vegetable production
  • Vegetable fertilization
  • Vegetable irrigation management
  • Pest management
  • Pesticide licensing information

Contact:

Lisa Hickey
Vegetable Agent
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1817

Current Vegetable Blogs

CALS Podcast: John-Walt Boatright, National Affairs Director at Florida Farm Bureau

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is excited to announce a new podcast series! Each episode features agricultural or natural resource issues, tips for success, and other interesting topics. In the third podcast of our new...
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Industrial Hemp: A Possible New Frontier in Florida Agriculture

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about industrial hemp and its possible potential to impact Florida’s agricultural industry. I thought I would share what the University of Florida/IFAS is doing to understand how this crop might grow in...
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UF to Host Leader in Organic Farming

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Organic farming is a multimillion-dollar industry in Florida, with certified organic farms having generated $72.4 million in produce sales statewide in 2016. To highlight the practice of growing organically, the University...
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RESOURCES

- Small Farm Program

- DDIS

- EDIS

- FL Ag Statistics Service

- FL Fruit & Veg Assoc

- UF/IFAS News

- FL Strawberry Grower Assoc

- Florida Tomato Committee