Farming Basics Online Course Available

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—More people than ever are interested in giving farming a try.  In the past, people turned to farming family members for help. Today, most people are generations removed from farming. To help budding farmers get started, Alabama Extension now offers a free online course, Farming Basics. Launched Sept. 10, the course addresses critical topics in agriculture. Alabama Extension …

Tropical Storm Strikes Coastal Pecan Crop

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

Source: Alabama Farmers Federation A once-promising pecan crop bore the brunt of wind gusts and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Gordon, which downed trees, limbs and ripe pecans when hitting the Gulf Coast Sept. 4. In Baldwin County, the storm dropped nearly 9 inches of rain. Across the bay in Mobile County, rain totals were lower, though wind damage was …

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UF Researcher to Study Migration Trends, Health of Emerging Farm Workers

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Labor

As the University of Florida IFAS Extension director for Hendry County, Gene McAvoy has seen firsthand a sea change in the types of workers now coming to the United States to work on farms. “It used to be 95 percent or more of the workers were from Mexico,” McAvoy said. “Now, it’s about 50 percent from Haiti and the Caribbean. …

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UF Researchers Seek to Develop Tastier Mangos

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Mangos, Research

Mangos make for a tasty, nutritious snack or side dish. To help meet consumer demand for more flavorful mangos without grit or fibrous flesh, University of Florida (UF) scientists will try to identify superior varieties so mango producers can choose the best types of the fruit to grow in the Sunshine State. Some South Florida farmers already grow mangos, but …

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UF Scientists Hope to Breed Better-Tasting Sweet Corn

Dan Cooper Corn, Industry News Release, Research

University of Florida (UF) scientists plan to use a $7.3 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) to find the genetic traits that will make sweet corn taste even better, last longer and grow better across the nation. Mark Settles, a professor of horticultural sciences at the UF Institute of …

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UF/IFAS Team Hopes to Fight Prevalent Tomato Disease

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Research, Tomatoes

A University of Florida (UF) scientist will lead a team of researchers trying to help battle Fusarium wilt, a major tomato disease around the world. In doing so, investigators hope to help farmers increase their tomato production. Sam Hutton, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), will use a new $490,000 …

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Rubio, Nelson Raise Concerns About Mexico Trade Deal

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

While President Donald Trump on Monday hailed a tentative trade deal with Mexico, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., raised concerns about whether the deal would adequately protect Florida farmers. Rubio and Nelson sent a joint letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that he work “diligently to ensure Florida’s agriculture community is fairly …

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FFVA Comments on U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Trade, Vegetables

Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), issued the following statement regarding a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico: President Trump announced that the United States and Mexico have reached agreement on a new trade pact that does not include a specific trade remedy for specialty crop producers in the Southeast. This is not …