Root-Knot Nematode Update

Tacy Callies Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Pests, Top Posts

“Root-knot nematode is really our number one nematode problem in Florida,” nematologist Johan Desaeger said at Florida Ag Expo in November. Desaeger is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. “It’s the most widespread nematode we have in Florida, and the most damaging,” he added. Florida has at …

Hemp Helps Draw Record Crowd at Florida Ag Expo

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By Ernie Neff and Tacy Callies A record crowd of almost 1,000 filled the seminars and trade show at Florida Ag Expo (FAE). The event took place on Nov. 21 in Wimauma at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). The number of growers attending also set a record …

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Hemp, Hops and More Crops Highlight Florida Ag Expo

Dan Cooper Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Hemp, Hops, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry, Tomatoes

Farmers, nursery managers and others can get a glimpse of the latest and greatest University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research into tomatoes, strawberries, hemp, hops and ornamental plants at the annual Florida Ag Expo at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Informative sessions will fill the day, with events running from 7:30 a.m. …

Five Reasons to Attend Florida Ag Expo

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By Ashley Robinson Florida Ag Expo is gearing up for its best year yet as AgNet Media partners with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to bring growers the latest information and research to keep their crops growing. While there are many reasons to attend the 2019 show, here are a few that may catch …

HIAF Chairman Supports Moving Forward With Hemp Industry

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Hemp

Last month, the News Service of Florida (NSF) sent out a report saying that Florida hemp leaders may follow other states when it comes to kick-starting an industrial hemp industry. The report states, “… (Holly) Bell (Florida’s cannabis director) said Florida could follow other states that have allowed farmers to proceed based on an assumption the federal government will approve …

A Fresh, New Look at Florida Ag Expo

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By Ashley Robinson More than a decade ago, growers Tony DiMare and Jay Taylor attended a fruit and vegetable tour and expo in Mexico. They realized Florida needed a similar type of event. As members of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) Advisory Council, both growers worked with …

Using UV Light Against Plant Pathogens

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Top Posts

Faculty members at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) provide cutting-edge research for Florida’s agriculture industries. Located in Wimauma, the 475-acre facility sits in the heart of Hillsborough County. The center includes large fields of research plots, laboratories, educational programs and space for student living. GCREC Center Director …

Creating Blackberry Varieties for Florida

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

The team at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) works on a multitude of crops historically grown in the Central Florida region. However, GCREC researchers have also been dedicating their time to finding new alternative crops for Florida. One of those crops is blackberries. Zhanao Deng, professor of ornamental …