Buying Food Online: A Growing Trend

Abbey Taylor Agri-business, Produce, Top Posts

Technology continues to increasingly impact consumers’ lives, and online shopping is on the rise. Don Goodwin, president of Golden Sun Marketing, says that trend has now reached food. According to Goodwin, it is difficult to say how this growing trend is going to impact the seed and produce industry. However, he recognizes some areas of concern. For example, he is …

ASTA’s Annual Conference Gathers Global Industry

Abbey Taylor Agri-business, Top Posts

The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 58th annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference wrapped up this week. According to Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of ASTA, this year’s event provided the perfect spot for this global industry to gather. Over 900 attendees from more than 30 countries filled the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. The event included subcommittee meetings, …

Watermelon Marketing Trends

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick Melon 1 — a grower, packer and shipper of watermelons — has been shipping Florida watermelons all along the east coast to its customers for over 25 years. Rachel Syngo, director of new business development for Melon1, recently attended the New York Produce Show in New York City. “We came to the show because … this is …

Student Learning Opportunities at UGA

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick UGArden is a program at the University of Georgia that began in 2011. The purpose of the program is to grow medicinal herbs for use in products. Noelle Fuller, UGArden manager, began her involvement with the program as an undergraduate student and then as an intern. After her internship, she did her master’s degree research on medicinal …

Crop Diversification Considerations

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, potato, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick There is a big push on nutrition in our nation right now, so it’s important that farmers are able to diversify to meet the demands of those seeking healthier diets. Wendy Mussoline, a University of Florida multi-county agriculture Extension agent for Flagler and Putnam counties, works with farmers who want to incorporate new crops into their production …

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Election Day Commentary: Career Politicians or Dedicated Public Servants?

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Fruit, Labor, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Trade, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Gary Cooper, Founder/President AgNet Media Sometimes the timing of events can really make us think. Over the weekend, our nation lost one of its greatest public servants. Senator John McCain was nothing less than a statesman his entire adult life. Not once in all the recent news media coverage did I see him referred to as a “career politician.” …

USDA Forecasts Fluctuations in Produce Prices

Breanna Kendrick Agri-business, Industry News Release, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick According to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) consumer price index report on changes to food category forecasts, prices for fresh fruits declined 1.2 percent from May to June but are up 1.9 percent compared with June 2017. Citrus prices rose 2.3 percent while prices for apples and bananas fell 0.4 percent. Prices for all other fruits fell 4 percent …