2017 National Ag Day

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Agriculture Council of America Announces 2017 National Ag Day Date & Theme The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2017. This will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.” On …

Florida FFA Adds Clay Shoot to Beast Feast

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It’s that time of the year again! Time to enjoy delicious wild game meals prepared by the Florida FFA Foundation. On Saturday, March 25, the 14th annual Florida FFA Foundation Beast Feast will be held at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center near Haines City. The menu may include venison, pork, gator, shrimp, turkey, conch salad, oyster stew, swamp cabbage, …

Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

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March 15, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida peaches make for a succulent snack, say consumers surveyed by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. That’s encouraging news for Florida producers trying to expand their reach, not only in the Sunshine State but nationally, said Joy Rumble, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of …

Catching Up with Representative Rick Roth on Capitol Hill

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Florida’s 2017 legislative session is underway in Tallahassee. From Capitol Hill, Palm Beach County-native Representative Rick Roth reports on how his bills are faring and some important issues that have been discussed. Roth says he feels good about the way things have been going so far. As a businessman, he thinks he is in a great environment to help benefit …

UF/IFAS Experts Help Growers Ready for Tonight’s Cold Snap

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Date:March 15, 2017 By:Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers are bracing for a cold snap tonight that could cost them thousands of dollars in damage. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and researchers are here to help. A hard freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 16 …

Wildfires Plague Florida During Dry Spell

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Wildfire season is currently at a high in Florida. Just last week, over 6,000 acres burned in Collier County. The fire left a portion of Interstate 75 shut down, and mandatory evacuations were ordered. Florida wildfires occur due to various reasons. Human intent is one of the main reasons, but dry weather and lightning strikes are also common fire starters. …

Alabama Gains Its Own Pomegranate Association

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The pomegranate industry in Alabama is working to strengthen its numbers by incorporating a statewide association. Shane Jennings founded the Alabama Pomegranate Association to help educate, raise awareness, and inspire Alabamians to get involved in the growing industry. The association was formed in 2016 and held its first annual member meeting in October. Attendance showed a significant interest in Alabama …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

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Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …