Time to Celebrate a Year-Round, Healthy Snack – the Strawberry

Abbey Taylor Strawberry, Top Posts

By:Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Today starts National Strawberry Month, a time to reflect on the history of this sweet, nutrition-packed fruit that grows well in Florida – and to extol its health benefits. Strawberries originally grew in Europe. In France, people regarded them as the highest-quality aphrodisiac. People believed Alpine strawberries provided…

U.S. Agriculture Uncertain about Future of NAFTA

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In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect under the Clinton administration. An idea that came about in the 1980s under President Reagan that allowed free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico came with two main goals: to expand North American trade and to make these countries more competitive…

‘This Is the Strangest Legislative Session I’ve Ever Seen’

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As the 2017 Florida legislative session comes to a close, Butch Calhoun, director of legislative affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, reflects on the oddness of this year's session. Through all the twists and turns during this session, it has been one to remember and certainly one that has been difficult to navigate.…

Florida Peaches Shine Thanks to USDA Grant

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Many peach consumers and retailers in Florida are unaware that peaches are being grown in the state. The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, is working to change that by creating several marketing campaigns to raise awareness about Florida peaches. The FSCF received a grant for two years…

Alabama Initiative Creates a Buzz in the Southeast

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Bees have been heavily researched in the West, but the Southeast is unknown territory to researchers. However, an initiative at Auburn University is working to shine some light on the Southeast and its bee biodiversity. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, described the Southeast as, "a gigantic black hole" in regards…

Overwintering Damages Georgia Peach and Blueberry Crops

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Georgia peaches and blueberries are starting to show signs of the lack of cold weather this past winter. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, says that rust in peaches and blueberries will be more likely this year. "We just didn't have enough frost to take off the leaves," Brannen says. "Leaves…

UF Study: Family, Friends Are First Source for Food Safety Info

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  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Most people who wonder about food safety will ask their family or friends for help, not necessarily experts, according to new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research. On the other hand, those people categorized by UF/IFAS researchers as “seekers” make it a…