Combating Fire Blight in Alabama Pears

Jaci Schreckengost Fruit, Top Posts

Auburn University researchers are studying the most resistant varieties of pears for combating fire blight in Alabama. A publication by Alabama A&M University and Auburn University describes fire blight as a common and destructive pome fruit disease in the Southeast. “The fire blight pathogen ... is a rod-shaped bacterium that overwinters in tissues around the…

UF Study: Farm to School Program Boosts Fruit, Veggie Intake

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it’s another for them to actually eat them. Children who attend schools with Farm to School programs eat more fruits and vegetables, new University of Florida research shows. In 2010, Congress passed the federal Healthy,…

Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

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The state’s horticulture producers picked up on fresh industry insights during the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 16-17. Over 200 farmers and industry leaders attended the meeting, where workshop topics covered food safety, marketing, insect management, labor, peach production and more. AFVGA Executive Director Mac…

Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Registration Open

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Online registration for the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference has officially opened! The event will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 11–14. Samantha Kilgore, director of communications for the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the goals of the event are to give fruit and vegetable growers and industry leaders the…

Register Now for the Fruit Crop Management Short Course

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event. The course will focus on fruit crops other than…

Commissioner Putnam Estimates $180 Million in Fruit and Vegetable Hurricane Damage

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline for policymakers as they create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop…

Growers Come Together at FFVA Convention

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The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) 74th Annual Convention took place this week from September 25-27. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA, said the event went very well. Lochridge was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, given the even was following Hurricane Irma. “What we found was that people were ready to get…