Welcome To The Nutrient Management Program
Agricultural industry, valued at approximately $100.25 billion annually (Hodges et. al, 2006), is the second largest contributor to Florida’s economy, after Tourism. Protection of water quality therefore is critical for both these industries. Nutrient losses from agricultural operations to both ground and surface waters have been documented as being responsible for nonpoint source pollution impairing Florida’s waterbodies.
Dr. Rao Mylavarapu leads Nutrient Management, first position ever to be filled in the Soil and Water Science Department with responsibility for developing and delivering highly visible programs aimed at promoting economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production resulting in minimizing and improving nutrient impacts on water quality.
The research component addresses critical nutrient management issues such as crop nutrient requirements, soil and tissue testing, nutrient related environmental concerns and interdependence with water management.
The extension program takes a lead in developing and executing progressive and highly visible educational programs in the area of nutrient management targeted to the public and private sectors and to the agricultural, urban, and environmental communities. This program emphasizes environmentally responsible nutrient management in the production of major agronomic and horticultural crops produced in Florida.