Florida Pomegranate Association Hosts 2017 Growers Meeting

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association hosted its annual growers meeting on March 3 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida. The meeting included presentations on 2016 research projects involving pomegranate disease and nutrient management, as well as information on pomegranate juicing equipment. Attendees also experienced a hands-on pruning class led by Andrew Koeser of the GCREC. …

The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the …

Creating Captivating Farm Stories

Kelsey Fry Technology, Top Posts

“Telling the farm story” has become a staple form of outreach for agriculture. But making an impact from storytelling requires diligent construction of personalized scenarios to relay to the public. With a great story, one can effectively convey the correct messages regarding labor, environmental issues and the ever-changing political scenarios. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public …

Florida Breweries Reap the Benefits of Local Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Research, Top Posts

Research on hops production in Florida has been on the rise. Hops could be a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. Production of Florida hops could not only benefit growers, but it could also benefit local beer breweries. Desiree Chubb, director of quality assurance at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke with AgNet Media about her involvement in …

Beekeeping in the Panhandle Workshop and Trade Show

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts

Author: Judy Biss The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) publication “Keeping Bees in Florida,” reports “There are over 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida (as of June 2016). Nearly three quarters of these are considered ‘backyard’ beekeepers (0–10 colonies), while the remaining quarter are ‘sideline commercial’ or ‘commercial’ beekeepers (11–200 and 200+ colonies, …

Farm Bureau Praises Trump’s WOTUS Action

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “President Trump’s executive order to ditch the Waters of the U.S. rule is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country today. “The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses. The Environmental Protection …

Georgia Citrus Association Holds First Annual Meeting

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The Georgia Citrus Association held its first annual meeting in Tifton, Georgia today. The association’s president, Lindy Savelle, said the meeting was a huge success. The Georgia Citrus Association began in October with 27 members. Since then, the association has grown. Savelle says that there were over 275 people in attendance for the meeting. There were also 21 vendors and …

UF Students Present Solutions to Global Issues at One World 2017 Competition

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

By: Dana Edwards, 352-392-1963, dana.edwards@ufl.edu Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu Drew Carlton, 239-850-1995, drewcarlton1414@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will populate Earth. The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Challenge 2050 project aims to contribute solutions to the challenges associated with this population rise, such as issues related to …