2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market

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By: Michelle Person michellem.person@ams.usda.gov WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent…

Youth Potato Project Plants Seeds of STEM Careers

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development…

UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit Gets New Director

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  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A veteran of the has been named its permanent director, and he hopes to help faculty continue improving crops. James Boyer, who has worked at the unit for 17 years, was named interim director in May 2016. His appointment to the permanent post was effective April…

GFVGA Discusses What’s on its Legislative Plate

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While many Georgia farmers are busy putting in 110 percent work effort during this time of year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is doing its part when it comes to legislative duties. Charles Hall, GFVGA executive director, says the association is addressing issues that will affect Georgia fruit and vegetable growers. The…

Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

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From the U.S.  Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop's chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators — even outperforming the respected…

Beware of This Grape Disease

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Pierce's disease is one of the biggest threats to Georgia's grape industry. Also known as PD, Pierce's disease is one of the major limiting factors to growing European grapes in Georgia. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, explained that the disease is caused by a bacterium (Xylellafastidiosa) that is transmitted by…