USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current…

Water Regulations Affecting the Peach Industry

Abigail Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Water

Water issues in agriculture challenge even the smallest of farming operations, and the peach industry is no exception. Kay Rentzel, director of the National Peach Council, spoke on how different parts of the nation's peach industry are suffering from various aspects of water regulations. “It just depends on which side of the country you are…

UF/IFAS Findings Could Help Prevent Crop-Killing Pathogen from Coming to U.S.

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Erica Goss, 352-273-4650, emgoss@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- New findings by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers could help prevent more genetic strains of the potato- and tomato-killing late-blight pathogen from entering the United States. These findings may provide further evidence to help researchers solve the…

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. "I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb," said Smith.“I also…

Exobasidium and Rust Management in Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently discussed exobasidium and rust management in blueberries. Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease in blueberries. It will first appear in the spring as light green spots on the leaves. The disease will be evident on the fruit once it changes color. The…

Distract Pests from Attacking Crops

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Ayanava Majumdar, a vegetable entomologist at Auburn University, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the benefits of trap crops to fend off pests. Trap crops are decoy crops that distract pests before they can attack production crops. The trap crop can be the same species as the main crop, or…

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 --- The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by…