Gary Vallad Awarded Researcher of the Year

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Gary Vallad, professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida, was awarded researcher of the year today during the award luncheon at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) annual convention. Vallad is stationed at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, Florida. He works on several crops including tomato, watermelon, pomegranate…

New Pest-Exclusion System

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The Organic Food and Farming Summit began on September 17. Presented by Florida Organic Growers, the summit features farm tours, workshops and presentations on the latest research for organic production. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, revealed a new pest-exclusion method for high-tunnel production at the summit on September 18. The…

Improving Disease Management for Florida Growers

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Researchers at the University of Florida's (UF) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) are working to deliver more disease and virus management tools to growers in their area. According to Pamela Roberts, a plant pathology professor at the SWFREC, the main vegetable and specialty crops grown in the area include bell peppers, cucumbers, squash,…

Chardonnay Research Underway in Georgia

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Research, Top Posts

The University of Georgia's (UGA) viticulture team has been working to increase the amount of research in the wine grape industry. A Lumpkin County, Georgia, research plot was harvested recently, said Clark MacAllister, a UGA Extension agent. This plot of grapes was harvested early because it is being used for a sparkling wine program, he…

NIFA Invests $35 Million in Specialty Crop Research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Specialty crops generally fetch high value for the…

Southeastern Tea Navigates Through Labor Challenges

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Tea is an extremely popular beverage in the United States and around the globe. However, the market for tea can go beyond just consumption. For example, tea can be used in beauty products and essential oils. Its market value continues to rise, making it an attractive specialty crop option for growers. The Southeast may be…

UF Researcher Examines Nutrient Content in Soil

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Florida soil can be an issue for growing crops like tomatoes and peppers due to the sand content, but researchers are continuing to look at how compost can change that. University of Florida Associate Professor and Vegetable Specialist Monica Ozores-Hampton says the use of compost has been studied for over 20 years. Due to the…

UF Scientists Work on the ‘Essence’ of Better-Tasting Tomato Juice

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you’re yearning for a better-tasting tomato juice, University of Florida scientists are in their labs, working on satisfying your palate. Essence, usually extracted from a plant to add flavor or provide a scent, according to a new University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)…