FBGA Annual Meeting Brings Blueberry Industry Together

Abbey Taylor Berries, innovation, Research, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) held its annual meeting and trade show on Oct. 30 in Ocala. Brittany Lee, FBGA president, says the annual meeting is a great opportunity for the blueberry industry to come together. The meeting featured an educational seminar series focusing on several different topics. University of Florida researchers Oscar Liburd…

Southeastern Agriculture Well Represented at PMA Fresh Summit

Abbey Taylor innovation, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) annual Fresh Summit took place Oct. 17-19 in Orlando, Florida. Every year, this huge summit brings members of the global produce and floral industries together to make connections and mingle with fellow industry professionals. Every year, southeastern agriculture has a huge presence at the summit, most notably in the Fresh…

The Next Big Biotech Traits

Abbey Taylor innovation, Research, Technology, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Anne Schwartz Conventional breeding techniques and chemical controls have long been agriculture’s central means for disease management. However, despite hundreds of crosses performed and generations of progeny evaluated, durably resistant varieties remain elusive. Today, plant breeders are armed with an alternative method when conventional breeding techniques are insufficient. Specifically designed, genetically engineered plants offer…

Hydroponics to Improve Yield, Minimize Water Use

Abbey Taylor innovation, Top Posts

Hydroponic growing systems are a means for growers to potentially improve yield, says Davie Kadyampakeni, an assistant professor at the Citrus Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. These systems are a way for farmers to grow crops without soil by using water and a nutrient solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Alternative…

Surgically Strike Out Weeds that Impede Crop Growth

Jaci Schreckengost innovation, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that farmers can place fumigants in specific zones, rather than using a single…

50th World Ag Expo in California

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The 50th anniversary World Ag Expo is currently underway at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. There are more than 1400 exhibits, with 26 million square feet of exhibit space. Last year more than 106,340 people visited the expo. The event is the culmination of the hard work of 25 staff members and 1200 volunteers. “It’s…

Creating a Healthier Lunchroom in Schools

Abbey Taylor innovation, Research, Top Posts

Jaclyn Kropp, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about research and programs to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables within the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). NSLP is the second largest food assistance program in the United States and is administered by the U.S. Department…

Students Have Unique Opportunity with HM. Clause and ASTA

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference on January 29–30 will be hosting the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Challenge 2050 Project. A group of 25 students have been selected to attend the conference. "They are being sponsored by HM. Clause, a large vegetable seed company here in the U.S. and globally," says…