USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Kelsey Fry Environment, Industry News Release, Top Posts

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Alachua, Flagler and Putnam counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by insufficient chill hours that occurred from Nov. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. “Our hearts go out…

Tomatoes Resistant to Bacterial Spot

Kelsey Fry Tomatoes, Top Posts

The Bs2 gene, which occurs naturally in peppers, has shown to provide excellent disease control in tomatoes. The Two Blades Foundation, a charitable scientific organization, which holds an exclusive license to the Bs2 gene, has collaborated with the University of Florida to breed tomatoes with the Bs2 transgene to further study the effects on the gene in…

Could Hops Be the New “Hot” Crop in Florida?

Abbey Taylor Hops, Top Posts

Jack Rechcigl, director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), discussed how Florida-grown hops are becoming increasingly popular amongst Florida microbreweries. Rechcigl explained that a number of microbreweries had asked if hops could be grown in Florida. He said the crop is not normally grown…

Utilization of Biopesticides by Growers

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Growers having pest problems at their operations may be interested in the utilization of non-traditional pesticides and biocontrol methods. Joe Noling, Extension specialist at the University of Florida, spoke with AgNet Media at the recent Florida Ag Expo about grower use of biocontrol methods. "Repeated use of anything is going to select towards an organism…

Jack Rechcigl Discusses The 2016 Florida Ag Expo

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Ag Expo was held today at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Over 1,000 attendees consisting of fruit and vegetable growers, vendors and industry professionals came to the event to learn from the educational programs and field tours offered. The focus was on…

2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

Abbey Taylor Environment, innovation, Top Posts

Since 1994, The Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award has been presented to spotlight the innovative practices introduced by Florida growers and ranchers. Nominees for this prestigious award are derived from all parts of Florida's diverse agricultural industry, but all find common ground in a commitment to being positive stewards of Florida's natural resources in a quest…

PMA Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Kelsey Fry Produce, Top Posts

On October 13, Lauren M. Scott was named the new chief marketing officer for the Produce Marketing Association. Scott has over 20 years of experience working in consumer goods marketing, innovation and brand management. As chief marketing officer, Scott has been tasked with generating creative marketing efforts "for providing members with education and tools among…

Georgia Grown Pleased with Subway Restaurants Partnership

Kelsey Fry Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

Consumers have been enjoying fresh, locally grown produce on their sandwiches at many of their local Subway restaurants this year. Subway and Georgia Grown announced early this past summer the partnership to promote Georgia Grown sandwich toppings in some of their restaurants. And Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has been pleased with this promotion. During…