UF Researchers Seeking Higher Quality Mangoes

Karla Arboleda Exports/Imports, Mangos, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda The National Mango Board (NMB) funded an experiment at the University of Florida (UF) to look for better mangoes. Jeff Brecht, professor of postharvest horticulture at UF, has been testing several mango varieties for their response to the exporting process, their postharvest storage potential and their sensitivity to chilling injury. The goal is to find mangoes better …

Meet Holly Bell, Florida’s Cannabis Czar

Abbey Taylor Florida, Florida Ag Expo, Hemp, Top Posts, VSC Expo

Ever since Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appointed Holly Bell in February as the first director of cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, people have been curious about Bell’s background. Raised on an Indiana farm, Bell has been working in the cannabis industry for a number of years. She received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics …

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Mexican Senator Misinformed on Antidumping Investigation

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Tomatoes, Top Posts

In a recent letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee, Mexican Senator Gustavo Madero made some confusing and misleading statements. Senator Madero states that the termination of the Tomato Suspension Agreement was “due to the demands of some Florida farmers and their representatives in Congress.” In fact, the …

UF/IFAS Vice President to Retire in 2020

Karla Arboleda Florida, Legislative, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda After serving nearly 10 years as the senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), Jack Payne announced he will retire next year. His last day with UF/IFAS will be July 1, 2020. Payne has overseen Extension offices across Florida and its 12 research and …

Georgia Crop Insurance Program Expands; Deadlines Approaching

Karla Arboleda Agri-business, Legislative, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Growers in Georgia will soon be facing deadlines to secure their crop insurance. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) office in Valdosta, Georgia, is reminding growers of deadlines related to their crop insurance and new counties that have been added to the program. Davina Lee, USDA RMA regional office director, highlights important dates …

What to Do About Watermelon Gummy Stem Blight and Fusarium Wilt

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Watermelon

By Nicholas S. Dufault Gummy stem blight (GSB) and fusarium wilt (FW) can be common problems for watermelon producers in the Southeast. These two diseases are caused by fungal pathogens from the same taxonomic subphylum, but that is where the similarities end. GSB tends to be more of a foliar pathogen that can move to the petioles and vines, and …

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Meetings on Algae, Citrus and Water Management Ring Alarms for Florida Agriculture

Dan Cooper Florida, Lake Okeechobee, Top Posts, Water

Three meetings this week in three different areas of the state brought more discussion that should wake up producers and others in agriculture who have remained mostly silent for decades. As the state’s population continues to swell by a 1,000 new residents each day, Florida’s population will likely exceed 22-million next year. As the nation’s third most populous state, there’s …

Florida Craft Beer Industry Growing With Hops

Karla Arboleda Florida, Hops, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Breweries and drinkers alike can thank researchers for the way craft beer is turning out in Florida. While the deep Southeast normally does not have an ideal climate for growing hops, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) has been on a mission to make it work. …