U.S. Blueberries Gain Traction in India

Abbey Taylor Berries, Business, Top Posts

U.S. blueberries have gone global, making a splash in India at a Blueberry Cocktail event. Donald Van De Werken, proprietor at JD Farms, said the event was a huge success. According to a report from Bollywood Town, Glocal Junction, Andheri, a new-age dining and bar concept incorporating global and local elements, hosted the event. Food and drinks made with U.S. …


Commissioner Nikki Fried Appoints Holly Bell as Director of Cannabis

Dan Cooper Hemp, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced her appointment of Holly Bell as the Director of Cannabis. Bell’s selection comes after a national search and interviews with multiple finalists for the position. In her role as Director of Cannabis, Bell will oversee the development of rules, work directly with scientific experts, and ensure Commissioner Fried’s vision for cannabis in Florida continues moving forward. Bell will work closely with the Department’s …


Industrial Hemp A Featured Topic at UF/IFAS Ag Policy Conference Feb. 26 in Balm

Abbey Taylor Hemp, Industry News Release, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Industrial hemp may soon be a financially significant crop in Florida, and an expert with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities related to this fledgling industry at the fourth annual Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference in Balm. The conference happens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. …

U.S. Blueberries Making an Impact in India

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Blueberries have recently become a very popular and healthy snack option in India. Anusaya Fresh, a U.S. distributor of frozen blueberries, is releasing product at Global Junction in Andheri, Mumbai. According to the Food and Beverage News website, FnBnews.com, Anusaya Fresh, JD Farms and Rajv Khinchi will be working together to launch the Blueberry Cocktail event. Dinesh …

Management Methods for Flower Thrips

Alison DeLoach Berries, Pests, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Since flower thrips have been causing concerns for Georgia’s blueberry growers, the pest was a topic discussed at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. At the conference, Renee Allen, area blueberry agent with the University of Georgia (UGA), presented research on flower thrips and management recommendations for growers. According to Allen, research was conducted in New …

The Future of the Peach Industry

Alison DeLoach Peaches, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach At the recent 2019 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, executive director of the National Peach Council, presented Nielsen data on peach trends. According to Rentzel, consumers in today’s world want to know what they are buying, and they search for total transparency from companies when purchasing their products. She believes the peach industry is …


New Crops Proposed After Michael Devastation

Dan Cooper Hemp, Hops, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county region suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry …

AgNet Media Announces Florida Ag Expo Date and UF Publication Project

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

GAINESVILLE, FL – Vegetable and specialty crop growers have a new reason to attend the Florida Ag Expo (FAE) this year. The University of Florida’s (UF) annual grower gathering is poised for refocus and reinvention as AgNet Media takes over management of the event. It will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida, …