Florida Brilliance Shines on State’s Strawberry Industry

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

For years, University of Florida scientists looked for a few characteristics in a more desirable strawberry. Among those traits was a higher yield in November and December — the early part of the Florida season when prices are highest. They also sought better fruit for the consumer. That meant a longer shelf life, better flavor, improved shape and other traits, …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Inaugurated as 12th Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Commissioner lays out a fresh agenda that will keep Florida growing Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried was inaugurated as Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As Commissioner, she will oversee a $1.8 billion department with nearly 4,000 employees, a $137 billion economic impact, and widespread responsibility for Florida’s food production and safety, consumer protection and licensing, and our state’s …

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Industry News Release, Top Posts

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MFREC) in Apopka, Florida, said the grant will help continue their work to bring …


UF ‘Plant Whisperer’ Helps Floridians Keep Produce Lush, Green and Safe

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

APOPKA, Fla. – Liz Felter gazes at the tomato plant and considers it quietly for a few seconds. Stroking the discolored leaves, she sticks two fingers in the soil and pushes the dirt down. “My gut tells me it’s not Erwinia,” says Felter, a University of Florida IFAS Extension regional specialized agent. The visitor to the UF/IFAS Diagnostic Plant Clinic …

Tickets On Sale for Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

TAMPA, Fla. — Tickets are now on sale for the 40th annual Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 12, which will honor four inductees who have made invaluable contributions to Florida agriculture. The banquet, which each year celebrates the accomplishments of industry leaders who have served in research, education and business, is held in the Special Events Center …

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 …


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 …