UF/IFAS Experts: Growers Ready for Freezes

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

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the next frost threatens Florida’s crops, growers will do their best to make sure your favorite foods are protected from the potentially crippling chill, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts. For example, citrus growers use wind machines and micro-sprinklers to ensure freezing temperatures don’t ruin the fruit, said Chris Oswalt, a …

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Desantis Urged to Help Farmers on Trade Deal

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, NAFTA, Produce, Trade, USMCA, Vegetables

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is being urged to use his close ties with President Donald Trump to bolster efforts to help Florida farmers fend off low-priced crop imports that weren’t addressed in the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement. During a conference call last week, several members of DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & …

Crop Insurance Survey

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) needs your help! It sent out this recent release calling on growers: At the recent Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Board of Directors meeting, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) discussed interest in providing a crop insurance program for several crops, including tomato, sweet corn, bell pepper, specialty pepper, cucumber, squash …

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Winning Fight Against Destructive, Disease-Carrying Snail

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Pests, Top Posts

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that more than 168,000 Giant African Land Snails (GALS) have been eliminated in Florida since the invasive snail was discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2011. In addition, due to the success of the program, the department has decommissioned two additional core areas, two of the largest is the …

Payne Reflects on Achievements from 2018; Looks Forward to 2019

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, innovation, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As 2018 gives way to 2019, the senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida (UF) looks back with pride at the progress made by the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and predicts continued momentum for the coming year. “We have labs, fields and greenhouses in every corner of …

Alternative Crops Gaining Traction Nationwide

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release

Growers throughout the United States are taking a crack at different alternative crops. Rod Bain discusses this with Dr. Rob Myers, a regional director for the Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education program. Listen below to learn about the potential benefits of delving into alternative crops.

Two UF/IFAS Researchers Earn Prestigious Honor

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Among their many accomplishments, one may be best known for trying to grow plants in space; the other, for helping growers battle bacterial spot disease of tomato. The two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Robert Ferl, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural …

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Desantis Transition Panel Weighs Water Issues

Dan Cooper Environment, Industry News Release, Water

Money set aside annually for the restoration of the Everglades and other waterways should also help end the use of septic tanks, a former House speaker suggested Monday as a panel considered potential environmental policies for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis. Former Speaker Steve Crisafulli said the incoming governor should tap the “Legacy Florida” funding to aid conversions from septic tanks to …