The Value of Specialty Crop Block Grants

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts

Specialty crop growers and industry professionals are passionate about programs that provide funding for specialty crop research. Many people stressed the importance of such research during the farm bill listening session that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. “Research is crucial in order for growers to provide a safe food supply,” said Danny Johns,…

Make Way for Florida Peaches

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Research, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), spent this past peach season raising awareness for Florida peaches. FSCF, in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The program started with an advertising campaign, during which the…

Growers Want Research Funding in Next Farm Bill

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Research was a popular topic among vegetable and specialty crop growers at the farm bill listening session in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. One of these growers was Mike Bruorton, director of agricultural relations for Superior Berries Company and president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association. Bruorton began his comments by acknowledging that there…

Research Money Prioritized for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Research, Top Posts

During the first listening session to discuss the 2018 farm bill, continued or increased research programs were a common topic of discussion for the growers and ranchers in attendance. John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau, said Florida received $31.2 million from specialty crop block grant programs from 2008 to 2015, which included money…

Look Out California! UF Scientist Says Artichokes May Grow in Warm, Humid Florida

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Artichokes might grow in Florida’s subtropical climate after all -- good news for those who crave the taste and antioxidants of the food crop. Shinsuke Agehara, a University of Florida assistant professor of horticultural sciences, presented his preliminary findings to the Florida State Horticultural Society June 5-6.…

Irrigation Insight for Young Pecan Trees

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Lenny Wells, associate professor and Extension horticulture specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia (UGA), recently completed a five-year research project on fertilization and irrigation of young pecan trees. Due to the increasing amount of new trees being planted in Georgia, there was concern over the lack of information regarding irrigation practices. Wells feared…

UF Researchers Exploring the Market Value of Tea

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Mostly due to its market value, tea may be an attractive specialty crop. Brantlee Spakes Richter, University of Florida (UF) senior lecturer, believes the crop has great potential in the U.S. market. Richter has been working with tea for a little over a year now. She is studying how to best grow the crop in…

Pecan Fertilization Practices

Abigail Taylor Pecan, Research, Top Posts

After nearly five years of research, University of Georgia Associate Professor Lenny Wells has thoroughly explored the fertilization young pecan trees need in order to achieve optimal growth. According to Wells, the amount of pecan trees being planted every year in Georgia is steadily increasing. With all the young trees going in the ground, Wells…