specialty crop

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Announces Farm Bill Priorities

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

More than 120 organizations urge Congress to support key nutrition, block grant and research programs The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA), a national coalition of more than 120 specialty crop organizations, has announced its 2018 farm bill priorities focusing on programs for a healthier America heading into Wednesday’s U.S. House Agriculture Committee meeting on…

Tasty Tomatoes and Other Produce

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Tomatoes, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Imagine sinking your teeth into a fat, bright red tomato, whose aroma promises a tantalizing treat. Instead, you realize you got a great looker, but not a great taster. That’s because the consumer has been left out of the breeding process. For 20 years, Harry Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at…

Secretary Perdue Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise…

USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Veteran and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also…

Grower Participation Needed for BMP Survey

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center would like to better understand best management practices (BMPs) used by area growers. BMPs are individual practices or combinations of practices that are effective at improving the quality of surface water and ground water. Growers provide…


Florida-Georgia ‘Water War’ Could Keep Rolling Along

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts, Water

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, News Service of Florida Even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new legal challenges involving the decades-old water war between the states. Those were the observations of…