Don’t Get Spooked by Ugly Fruit

Breanna Kendrick Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick Each year, up to 20 percent of the fruits and vegetables harvested in the United States go to waste because they’re not visually pleasing to consumers. Jeffrey Brecht, professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, works in the area of post-harvest horticulture. He focuses on measuring the quality…

Gibberllic Acid Tested on Southern Highbush Blueberries

Breanna Kendrick Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Gibberellic acid (GA) is a plant growth regulator that is used to increase fruit size and quality. Researchers know that it works on rabbiteye blueberries recovering from freeze damage when flower parts were injured and weren't able to be pollinated. Juanita Popenoe is a multi-county fruit production agent for the University of…

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The Search for an Alternative Blueberry Chemical

Breanna Kendrick Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Alternative chemicals are being researched to replace hydrogen cyanamide, a plant growth regulator that is used in Florida on blueberries to improve fruit earliness and develop more concentrated fruit set. Shinsuke Agehara, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences assistant professor at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in…

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Putnam and the USDA Declare the Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is…

Senators Take Aim at Unfair Trade Practices Hurting Florida Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Trade, Vegetables

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to help Florida fruit and vegetable growers combat unfair trade practices. The bill comes amid long-standing and increasing complaints from Florida farmers that Mexican growers illegally flood the U.S. market with subsidized produce during the winter season. Florida is one of the few places…

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Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Appoints Joyner as New President

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Chairman Paul R. Orsenigo announced that Mike Joyner has been named as the organization’s new president effective Oct. 15. Joyner’s experience in agricultural and environmental issues runs deep. Most recently, he served as assistant commissioner of agriculture and chief of staff for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, helping to lead the…

Alabama’s Produce Industry on a Growth Path

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Alabama fruit and vegetable industry has seen some tremendous increases over the past decade. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with Auburn University, chalks this increase up to a growing population in Alabama. Currently, fruit and vegetable production takes up about 7,000 acres of Alabama’s landscape. The industry is valued at about $161 million with a…