2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

Abbey Taylor Environment, innovation, Top Posts

Since 1994, The Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award has been presented to spotlight the innovative practices introduced by Florida growers and ranchers. Nominees for this prestigious award are derived from all parts of Florida’s diverse agricultural industry, but all find common ground in a commitment to being positive stewards of Florida’s natural resources in a quest to provide quality agricultural products …

PMA Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Kelsey Fry Produce, Top Posts

On October 13, Lauren M. Scott was named the new chief marketing officer for the Produce Marketing Association. Scott has over 20 years of experience working in consumer goods marketing, innovation and brand management. As chief marketing officer, Scott has been tasked with generating creative marketing efforts “for providing members with education and tools among consumption-driving marketing,” said John Oxford, …

Georgia Grown Pleased with Subway Restaurants Partnership

Kelsey Fry Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Consumers have been enjoying fresh, locally grown produce on their sandwiches at many of their local Subway restaurants this year. Subway and Georgia Grown announced early this past summer the partnership to promote Georgia Grown sandwich toppings in some of their restaurants. And Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has been pleased with this promotion. During last week’s Sunbelt Ag Expo …

Commissioner Putnam Announces Florida Farm to School Grant Recipients

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the six Florida school districts awarded Farm to School grants to increase the amount of locally grown products served to children. As part of the Farm to School initiative, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recognizes school …

UF Students Represent College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Florida (UF) was well represented at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, last week. The CALS ambassadors distributed Gator fans and informational brochures as well as took photos in the photo booth at the entrance of the University of Florida pavilion. Charlotte Emerson, director of student development …

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 …

Olives in Florida?

Abbey Taylor Olives, Research, Top Posts

Could olives be the next big thing for citrus producers? The Hardee County Industrial Development Authority (HCIDA) has started a new venture to facilitate diversity in agriculture production in light of citrus greening. HCIDA has a 264-acre tract of land, with a majority of acreage set aside for industrial development, called Commerce Park. It houses manufacturing companies, including many agricultural …

How to Be an Advocate for Agriculture

Josh McGill Top Posts, Uncategorized

How can you be an advocate for agriculture? Ag advocacy is the act of informing individuals who may not be familiar with the story of agriculture about agricultural practices. There are many ways to be an advocate for agriculture, also known as an “agvocate”. During the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo this past week, a student workshop was held …