folta

Kevin Folta Receives 2019 American Agri-Women’s Veritas Award

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Strawberry

(UF/IFAS) — Kevin Folta, a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences horticulture professor with a distinguished career in strawberry genetics, was honored with the Veritas award by American Agri-Women (AAW) at their recent convention in Tigard, Oregon. The Veritas award is the highest award given by AAW to a non-member. It is presented annually to a person who …

rural infrastructure

USDA Invests in Rural Broadband Infrastructure for Alabama Families

Dan Cooper Alabama, Industry News Release, Technology

(USDA/RD) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $62.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama. This is one …

uf/ifas hops

Interest in UF/IFAS Hops Experiment Grows

Dan Cooper Florida, Hops, Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

(UF/IFAS) — Tampa Bay microbreweries have a hankering for hops, and some see a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) experimental farm as a source for the crop that will help quench their customers’ thirsts. Several Tampa Bay area breweries have come to the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) to pick up hops …

irrigation

Irrigation Tax Credit for Alabama Farmers

Dan Cooper Alabama, Industry News Release, Irrigation

(ACES) — Some Alabama farmers could see a break on their taxes thanks to a new tax credit. This credit allows farmers to count certain costs associated with irrigation — including fuel conversions, equipment and reservoirs — on their income taxes. Qualification Only qualified irrigations systems or reservoirs are eligible for the tax credit. Producers must have filled out an …

pumpkin

Pumpkin, Calabaza Breeding Program Set to Carve Out New Niche Market for Growers

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Research, Vegetables

(UF/IFAS) — Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Shultz yielded popularity to an almighty pumpkin in the 1966 animated TV Special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Today, pumpkin popularity for holiday decor, healthy snacking, and scrumptious recipes during fall and winter months has given rise to innovative research led by Geoffrey Meru, assistant professor of vegetable breeding, genetics and genomics at …

lettuce

Recalled Lettuce in E. coli Outbreak From California, Not Florida

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — On Friday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that romaine lettuce associated with an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 is likely from the Salinas growing region of California. Forty illnesses have been reported across 16 states since Sept. 24. Florida-grown lettuce is not implicated in this outbreak, and the FDA has indicated there are neither positive samples nor reported illnesses …

mexican

Commissioner Fried on ITC Ruling on Mexican Tomato Threat

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 affirming that imported Mexican tomatoes unfairly threaten the American tomato industry. The ruling came after the U.S. Department of Commerce recently reopened the antidumping investigation that began in 1996, and after finding that Mexican tomatoes had been dumped into the U.S. market at prices 21 percent below fair market value, on average. In …

itc

ITC Affirms That Mexican Dumping Threatens U.S. Tomato Growers

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Industry News Release, Tomatoes, Vegetables

(FTE) — In a unanimous decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made an affirmative determination that dumped Mexican tomato imports threaten the U.S. industry with material injury. This determination comes on the heels of an announcement last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which found that Mexican tomatoes had been dumped in the U.S. market at an average …