Growers Invited to Hastings Cole Crops Field Day      

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

Coming up on November 30 is the Cabbage Cole Crops Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings, Florida. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and industry professionals will be covering a variety of topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Crops covered will include…

Olives in Florida?

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Could olives be the next big thing for citrus producers? The Hardee County Industrial Development Authority (HCIDA) has started a new venture to facilitate diversity in agriculture production in light of citrus greening. HCIDA has a 264-acre tract of land, with a majority of acreage set aside for industrial development, called Commerce Park. It houses…

Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference Coming Soon

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The Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference will take place on October 11 in Marianna, Florida. This is a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team event. The conference is for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida’s local food systems. Jose Perez, small farm…

Sweet Sensation® ‘Florida127’ Strawberry Lives Up to Its Name

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Growers in Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry industry now have proof that the latest UF/IFAS-bred variety lasts longer on the shelf and tastes sweeter than two UF/IFAS cultivars, making it more attractive to faraway markets. “These two attributes together make for a clear step up in eating quality for the consumer,” said Vance Whitaker, an associate…

2016 FFVA Convention Speakers Address Major Topics

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The 73rd annual Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention is wrapping up another successful year. The convention, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, gathered a crowd of over 400, says Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA. Lochridge says that the goal of this year's convention, like every other year, is to provide…

“Don’t Get Caught With Your Plants Down” Workshop

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The second annual workshop, "Don't Get Caught With Your Plants Down," will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The workshop will be lead by researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Everglades Research and Education Center. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., middle school and high school teachers are…

SWFREC Partnership with Immokalee 1 By 1 Leadership Foundation Offers Student Internships

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Alfredo Villalobos-Perez watches intently as entomology assistant Jose Castillo explains the relevance of the number of psyllids (vector insects of citrus greening) on the other side of the microscope in front of them. As the whirling machines around them gather data, Villalobos-Perez and Castillo are seeking some answers of their own. Villalobos-Perez is one of…