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…

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…

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,…