Hops Research Among UF/IFAS Winners at National Horticultural Science Awards

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Hops research by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers is gaining national scientific recognition in addition to media attention. Three UF/IFAS scientists are not only trying to see if hops will grow in Florida’s hot, humid climate, but they also want to know whether they can quench the thirst of the fast-growing micro-brewing industry. Brian Pearson, …

Researchers Scramble to Find Cure for Tenacious, Costly Sugarcane Virus

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From UF/IFAS Communications Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are working to find a cure or develop resistant varieties for a virus that is attacking sugarcane and sorghum throughout the Everglades agricultural region. Florida produces more than 50 percent of all sugarcane in the United States, making it the largest producer in the …

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, for the annual Drip Irrigation …

UF/IFAS Scientists Find Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For Health, Taste, Smell

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You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are rich in antioxidants …

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South Florida Farmers Continue Everglades Restoration Success

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Everglades Agricultural Area farmers are marking another year of their successful track record in Everglades restoration by sending clean water into the system. During a year of El Nino rainfall – at times more than 350 percent above average – EAA producers’ Best Management Practices reduced phosphorus in the water leaving their farms by 27 percent. The November-through-January dry season …

UF/IFAS Research Findings Could Eventually Save $30 million Annually for Strawberry Growers

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  Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry crop in years with multiple freezes. In the research, …

Secretary Vilsack Announces $36.5 Million for Specialty Crop Research and Extension Investments

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm …

New Method Could Quash Squash Pests

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    Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year. To help improve production, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are developing a method to keep squash pests at bay. For a newly published study, Janine Spies, a post-doctoral researcher in the UF/IFAS entomology department, simultaneously …