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 …

Dealing with Blueberry Diseases

Karla Arboleda Berries, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Blueberry growers in Georgia may have to manage new and unwanted effects on their fruit when dealing with diseases. Jonathan Oliver, the small fruit pathologist and Extension specialist at University of Georgia, discussed the best way to treat Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot of blueberry with lime sulfur. Applications of lime sulfur during the dormant period have …

Nematodes in Florida Hops

Karla Arboleda Hops, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Florida conditions can cause crops to have increased problems in comparison to other regions, and it’s no different for hops. Microscopic nematodes are common all over the world, specifically in vegetables. Across Florida, hops growers have found root-knot nematodes in their crops. Johan Desaeger, a nematode researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural …

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Inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition

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The Inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition (FIHCE 2019) will be held November 3-5, 2019, at the Rosen Centre Hotel located in Orlando, Florida, USA. FIHCE 2019 is a networking and educational event designed to foster the development of an industrial hemp industry in Florida. Tentative conference topics include: • Hemp Market Forecast • Federal and State Regulations and …

University of Florida Aims to Improve Sweet Corn

Breanna Kendrick Corn, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Breanna Kendrick There’s been a lot of advances in using genomics to help improve plant breeding. Most of the advances in corn have focused on field corn, but now researchers are aiming to improve sweet corn. Mark Settles, University of Florida (UF) horticultural sciences professor, and his team are working to find new traits for sweet corn growers and …

Palm Beach State College Receives $100,000 Donation from EAA Farming Businesses

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Today, Palm Beach State College (PBSC) received a nearly $100,000 donation from Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) business partners. Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida donated a $20,000 dump truck, Everglades Farm Equipment a $25,000 John Deere Stationary Power Unit, and Florida Crystals Corporation gifted a $50,000 tractor to be used to train students in the College’s Heavy Equipment …

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the University of Florida Emerson Alumni …

Florida FFA Adds Clay Shoot to Beast Feast

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

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, …