UF Scientists Work on the ‘Essence’ of Better-Tasting Tomato Juice

Abigail Taylor Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you’re yearning for a better-tasting tomato juice, University of Florida scientists are in their labs, working on satisfying your palate. Essence, usually extracted from a plant to add flavor or provide a scent, according to a new University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)…

The Value of Specialty Crop Block Grants

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts

Specialty crop growers and industry professionals are passionate about programs that provide funding for specialty crop research. Many people stressed the importance of such research during the farm bill listening session that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. “Research is crucial in order for growers to provide a safe food supply,” said Danny Johns,…

Spider Mite Control Strategies

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Alabama growers trying to control caterpillars may be inadvertently attracting another devastating pest. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says growers need to keep an eye out for spider mites in their production systems. Many growers use synthetic pyrethroids to combat caterpillars in the field. While synthetic pyrethroids are very…

IR-4 Program Helps Get Pesticides Registered for Specialty Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Peter Dittmar, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says the specialty crop industry has difficulties with pesticide registration. In order to solve this problem, the IR-4 program was created to help Florida growers have more options. The program is a cooperation between land grant universities, the…

Make Way for Florida Peaches

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Research, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), spent this past peach season raising awareness for Florida peaches. FSCF, in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The program started with an advertising campaign, during which the…

Grower-Focused Goals for UF Blueberry Breeding Program

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF). To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and…

Trump Unveils New Immigration Legislation

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Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been vocal about his urgency to reform U.S. immigration policy. When he was elected, business leaders, especially within the agriculture industry, waited to see what Trump’s immigration plans were and what those plans would mean for their workforce. An August 2 announcement from Trump may…

UF Scientists to Help California, Florida Growers Control Dangerous Avocado Pathogen

Abigail Taylor Avocado, Top Posts

By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida experts know all too well about laurel wilt, the pathogen endangering the state’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry – and they’re trying to find ways to prevent it from spreading. Now, they’re taking their data to California to talk to scientists, growers and regulators. Faculty…