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,…

UF Web Tool Helps South Carolina, Florida Strawberry Growers

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch…

Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

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…

Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Pests, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, University of Florida experts say. So, UF/IFAS has teamed up with government agencies to create the Florida…

Subscribe to Vegetable and Specialty Crop News in Print!

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

(AgNet Media, Inc., Gainesville, November 14, 2017) — Over the past year, vegetable and specialty crop growers in the Southeast have come to rely on the VSCNews website and weekly e-newsletter for the news and research updates they need. Soon, growers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama will have another source for this valuable information. Due…

Reps. Austin Scott, Neal Dunn Press for Anti-Dumping Provisions in NAFTA

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, NAFTA, Top Posts

In recent months, Representatives Austin Scott (GA-08) and Neal Dunn (FL-02) have led bipartisan pushes urging the Trump Administration to prioritize anti-dumping policies in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and support remedies for Georgia, Florida and other regions of the country whose seasonal and perishable commodities have been hurt by unfair trade.…

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Soilless Production Falls Under Organic Certification

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts

By Brian German A group of proposals aimed at banning soilless production from being eligible for organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was recently voted down by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The decision came after several groups in the organic community participated in significant lobbying efforts urging the NOSB to…

Administration Announces Accelerated Completion of Herbert Hoover Dike

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts, Water

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to accelerate the completion of repairs to Florida’s Herbert Hoover Dike. The Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee and provides flood protection to South Florida, was identified by the Army Corps in the early 2000s to be…