Annual Festival Puts Blueberries in the Spotlight

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

  The 2017 annual Florida Blueberry Festival is just around the corner. The event takes place in historic Brooksville on April 22 and 23. The blueberry festival has become a staple event for the Florida blueberry industry. Growers from around the state support the event through sponsorships, volunteering and attending the festival. Teddy Koukoulis, grower…

Florida Growers Invited to Olive Field Day

Kelsey Fry Olives, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will be hosting the Florida Olive Field Day on April 7. The event will be held at Florida Olive Farms & Mill in Live Oak. Karen Stauderman, UF/IFAS commercial horticulture agent, says the event is open to commercial, new and potential…

Georgia’s Peach Crop Lacks Sufficient Chill Hours for Productive Growing Season

Kelsey Fry Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Julia Rodriguez From the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Media Newswire: Georgia’s peach crop may suffer this year due to insufficient chill hours, which are essential to peach production, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Taylor and Peach counties. Depending on the…

USDA Concludes 2017 Sunset Review

Abigail Taylor Top Posts

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is March 15, 2022. These substances…

Disease and Unpredictable Weather Affect Florida Peaches

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches are becoming a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. However, as with any crop, concerns about disease are looming over the up-and-coming industry. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticulture sciences at the Citrus Research and Education Center, recently released findings from her peach research during the 2016 season. She completed this research with…

Register for the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center Open House

Abigail Taylor Top Posts

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee will host its annual open house on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in guided tours of the laboratories and farm facilities. In addition, educational science demonstrations will…

Georgia General Assembly Finishes Budget

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says the council is pleased with the strong support for agriculture. “The general assembly finished in record time this week,” Tolar says. “We were…

Merivon Restrictions Put Florida Pomegranates at a Disadvantage

Abigail Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The use of any fungicide can cause concerns of phytotoxicity, an issue that is presenting real problems for use of fungicide on pomegranate plants. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is hoping to address these concerns in his 2017 research on pomegranate disease and treatment. Vallad…