UF Students Present Solutions to Global Issues at One World 2017 Competition

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By: Dana Edwards, 352-392-1963, dana.edwards@ufl.edu Sources: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu Drew Carlton, 239-850-1995, drewcarlton1414@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  By the year 2050, more than nine billion people will populate Earth. The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Challenge 2050 project aims to contribute solutions to the challenges associated with this population rise,…

Have Your Voice Heard at the Florida Farm Bureau Legislative Days

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The Florida Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Legislative Days in Tallahassee. The bureau's director of state legislative affairs, Adam Basford, is gearing up for the event and discussed the importance of attendance. The Florida Farm Bureau's Legislative Days allows members and stakeholders in the agriculture industry to speak with their elected officials about Florida…

Broward County Schools to Serve Students 40,000 Pounds of Plant City Strawberries

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Broward County Public Schools will serve more than 40,000 pounds of Florida-grown strawberries to their students over the next two weeks. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School program facilitated the purchase from Sweet Life Farms in Plant City, Fla.,…

Repellent Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away from Avocado Trees

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay…

Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. "There…

Trump’s Wall and Mexican Trade

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The implementation of President Trump's wall on the Mexican border could alter the United States' trade relationship with Mexico. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida stationed at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the implications of the wall and its possible effect on Mexican trade.…

U.S. Strawberry Growers Face Heavy Competition from Mexico

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Strawberry growers in the United States are feeling pressure from increasing strawberry production in Mexico. Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida assistant professor and agricultural economist, recently spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about the struggles strawberry growers are facing and ways to combat those challenges. Mexico's strawberry production is rapidly growing, making the…