UF/IFAS Scientists: Commercially Grown Strawberries Are Not Genetically Engineered

Kelsey Fry Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Uncategorized

BALM, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 --- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this time. A UF/IFAS strawberry breeder says he’s…

Up Close with UF/IFAS Leafy Greens Research

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

From Asian greens to swiss chard, the Hydroponic Leafy Greens Field Day covered research on a variety of greens. The December 13 event was held at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Center in Live Oak, Florida. It was the last event of the year for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small…

Weed Seed Longevity Fact Sheet

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) recently released a fact sheet that covers the main topic of weed seed longevity. Other topics addressed include how seeds travel, germination and ways to eliminate weeds. Weeds are an ancient problem for small and large agriculturists. The new WSSA fact sheet helps to eradicate some weed issues.…

Small-Scale Mushroom Production Workshop

Kelsey Fry Mushrooms, Top Posts

The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Small Farms Academy will hold a small-scale mushroom production workshop on February 10. Currently, there are very few gourmet mushroom producers in the Suwannee Valley who sell at local markets or to restaurants. This is a good opportunity for extra farm cash flow with a relatively…

UF/IFAS Report: Florida Agriculture, Natural Resources Employment up 29 Percent in 13 Years

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) economic report. Direct employment in the agriculture…

Florida Pomegranate Acreage on the Rise

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

Cindy Weinstein, president of the Florida Pomegranate Association, discusses the increasing popularity of growing pomegranates in Florida. "The acreage is growing,” she says. “I'm constantly hearing people calling and saying 'Oh, I just put in another acre!'" Although there is no exact way to calculate how much pomegranate acreage there is in Florida, Weinstein is…

Florida Watermelon Growers Gathered for Educational Day

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Watermelon

The 2016 Suwannee Valley Watermelon Institute took place on December 8 at the Straughn Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Professional Development Center at the University of Florida. Over 150 growers and vendors gathered to attend sessions that addressed issues and provided updates within the Florida watermelon industry. Bob Hochmuth, University of Florida/Institute of…

Show What You Grow!

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

Fresh From Florida has begun to collect stories from Florida growers about their farms to promote the growers' operations on social media. Jackie Moalli, with Fresh From Florida's industry relations group, said, "Growers are encouraged to submit videos or a few paragraphs for us to share on our social media outreach." Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and…