New Technology on the Way for Produce

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It’s no surprise that new technology has found its way into the produce industry. But what may be of surprise to most is the type of new technologies that are currently being tested and used in the United States and Europe. Bryan Silbermann, CEO of the Produce Marketing Association, explains how new technology entering the farming world can change the …

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 FFVA members with information and …

“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 invited to attend the free …

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 the students who have recently …

Water-Saving Technology Proves Beneficial

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A new agricultural technology has been tested by several farmers to see if it saves water usage. The technology allows farmers to access soil-moisture readings right from their phones, with updates every three hours. A University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension trial included three farmers from the Suwannee River Valley who tested the new system. The technology …

FAWN Helping Growers with More Efficient Irrigation Practices

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Florida farmers are encouraged to learn how the “My Florida Farm Weather Program” can be used as a tool to access data and information for irrigation purposes. Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), says they have had a lot of great success with the program so far.     Click here for more information through …

UF/IFAS Extension Team Wins National Award for Water Sustainability Program

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The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) has recognized Mace Bauer, agriculture agent with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Columbia County, for excellence in sustainability education aimed at young, beginning or small-scale producers. Bauer and a team of UF/IFAS Extension faculty received this national award, sponsored by Farm Credit, for the annual Drip Irrigation …

UF/IFAS Scientists Find Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For Health, Taste, Smell

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You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are rich in antioxidants …