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Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 487-8000

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner


How does soil type affect what type of food will be grown in a certain area?

How does soil testing help increase food production?

How do plants and microbes interact with the soil?

Are different soil types associated with the natural geography of a certain area?

How is soil aerated? Why is this done?

How do certain plants fix nitrogen into the soil? Why is this important?

How does agricultural burning affect soil quality?

How are the quality of soils rated? Could a soil's rating change over time?

How can poor soil be made into productive soil?

Why do salts build up in soil? How can this be avoided?

How does the soil on hills differ from the soil in valleys?

Do sinkholes occur in certain soil types? Do sinkholes go through prime Florida agricultural land? How about earthquakes, faults?

Why are some crops grown then tilled back into the soil without harvesting?

How do volcanic eruptions affect soil quality?

Why are flood plains good practices for agricultural production?

How have levees assisted and/or hindered food production?

How is phosphate obtained and how is it used in agriculture?

How do nitrogen, phosphorus and/or potassium (the three numbers on fertilizer containers) affect plant growth?

What is silage and what chemical interactions occur during its formation?

How fast can a quality compost fertilizer be made?

What kind of manure makes the best fertilizer?

How much energy (kilocalories or BTUs) is required to grow a ton of tomatoes or corn?

Is the chemical structure of a pesticide or fertilizer associated with how long it persists in the environment?

Why do grain silos spontaneously combust? What can be done to prevent this?

What is the chemistry of the formation of silage?

Why does agricultural burning occur? Design an alternative process for agricultural burning.

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