Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Grants

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The deadline to submit an application to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is Jan. 11, 2019. The grant,…

Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida researchers. Better still, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops…

Southeastern Agriculture Well Represented at PMA Fresh Summit

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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…

Making Connections at PMA Fresh Summit

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The Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit took place Oct. 17–19 in Orlando, Florida. Every year, this huge summit brings the global produce and floral industries together to make connections and mingle with fellow industry professionals. Cathy Burns, CEO of PMA, says the Fresh Summit is the perfect occasion to begin a new year within…

Georgia Vegetable Grower Discusses Hurricane Damage

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Hurricane Michael decimated multiple sectors of Georgia agriculture, ranging from cotton to pecans. One industry that was heavily impacted was vegetables. What was supposed to be a banner fall season for Georgia growers has turned into devastation. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says that while the economic damages of vegetables are smaller than other…

Mike Stuart Discusses FFVA Convention, Joyner and Hall of Fame

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The 75th Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) Convention took place this week at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, where AgNet Media’s Josh McGill caught up with outgoing FFVA President Mike Stuart. Stuart discussed record attendance at the convention, the announcement of his successor and his nomination into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Stuart said…

Locally Grown Pomegranate Varieties in Florida Are Promising for the Future

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Ali Sarkhosh, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, is researching how well pomegranates will grow in Florida’s climate. The economic potential for growing pomegranates in Florida is currently unknown at this time. Research continues on the possibility of finding pomegranate cultivars that can grow in Florida. Florida’s…

Higher Prices Save Florida Watermelon Season

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By Breanna Kendrick The 2018 Florida watermelon season posed challenges for most growers that resulted in lower yields and higher fruit prices. Bob Hochmuth, regional specialized Extension agent for vegetable crops at the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North Florida Research and Education Center in Suwannee Valley discussed Florida’s 2018…