Repellent Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away from Avocado Trees

Josh McGill Fruit, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin …

Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. “There was a lot more excitement …

Trump’s Wall and Mexican Trade

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The implementation of President Trump’s wall on the Mexican border could alter the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida stationed at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke with AgNet Media about the implications of the wall and its possible effect on Mexican trade. According to the U.S. Department …

U.S. Strawberry Growers Face Heavy Competition from Mexico

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Strawberry growers in the United States are feeling pressure from increasing strawberry production in Mexico. Zhengfei Guan, University of Florida assistant professor and agricultural economist, recently spoke at the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference about the struggles strawberry growers are facing and ways to combat those challenges. Mexico’s strawberry production is rapidly growing, making the country a top competitor for …

Georgia Farm to Table Source Show Expected to Set Records

Kelsey Fry Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Produce, Top Posts

Before becoming the farm to school coordinator for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Misty Friedman was a school nutrition director. There, she saw the need to bring school nutrition directors in direct contact with local vendors to supply a reliable Georgia-grown meal to students. Thus, the Farm to Table Source Show was born three years ago. Now, Friedman works closely …

New Programs for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

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David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Georgia, recently attended Georgia Agribusiness Council’s (GAC) annual supper. He spoke with AgNet Media about ABAC’s newest programs and the college’s relationship with GAC. ABAC launched a new strategic plan this summer. The plan focuses on encouraging academic excellence and helping students graduate on time with minimal debt. It …

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Impacting Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” This protest, which originally began with a pink flyer that was passed around California migrant worker areas, gained momentum via word of mouth and social media. The boycott has reached multiple cities across the nation including Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, …