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…

Get Maximum Results from Blueberry Sprayers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research, Top Posts

Renee Allen, area blueberry agent with the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension, discussed her recent presentation at the 2016 Fall Blueberry Short Course held in Plant City, Florida. She said her main focus was to speak on the studies she's conducted on initial identification of issues with spray coverage in south Georgia blueberries. Allen spoke…

Highlights of Cole Crop Field Day

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Top Posts

On November 30, growers from the northeast Florida region attended the Cole Crop Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension agents and industry professionals covered several topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Also, research was shown on…

Gaining Blueberry Market Knowledge

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

At the recent Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) show, Fresh From Florida announced it has been working with blueberry growers to collect rudimentary data on their operations. The data will be used by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to leverage the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a…