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New UF/IFAS Scientist Brings Latest Technology to Battle Against Invasive Species

Dan Cooper Research, Technology

by Robin Koestoyo, University of Florida/IFAS Carey Minteer, a research professor with expertise in the use of biological controls to manage invasive plants, has joined the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida has the most invasive species in the country, with 28 ports of entry, including seaports, airports and train stations. Minteer, who is also an expert …

50th World Ag Expo in California

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The 50th anniversary World Ag Expo is currently underway at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. There are more than 1400 exhibits, with 26 million square feet of exhibit space. Last year more than 106,340 people visited the expo. The event is the culmination of the hard work of 25 staff members and 1200 volunteers. “It’s really exciting to be chairman …

Students Have Unique Opportunity with HM. Clause and ASTA

Kelsey Fry innovation, Technology, Top Posts

The Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference on January 29–30 will be hosting the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Challenge 2050 Project. A group of 25 students have been selected to attend the conference. “They are being sponsored by HM. Clause, a large vegetable seed company here in the U.S. and globally,” says Andy LaVigne, president and CEO …

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

Kelsey Fry Seeds, Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables

Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year’s conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference’s second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at different approaches Disney takes …

New Weather Tool in the Works

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

Rick Lusher, project manager for the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), discusses a new weather tool that is currently being tested to aid growers. “We’re testing a chill accumulation tool that takes into account heating and cooling,” says Lusher. According to Lusher, the tool is currently in the very early stages of testing and development. Researchers are working on calculations …

Get Ready for Gene Editing

Josh McGill Technology, Top Posts

By Kevin M. Folta The technologies of genetic engineering have not been widely adopted for horticultural crops. In fact, outside of Hawaiian papaya and a small acreage of squash, there is no commercial acreage of genetically engineered fruits and vegetables in the United States. There are many reasons for this, including the high cost of deregulation and the poor societal …