Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

The state’s horticulture producers picked up on fresh industry insights during the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 16-17. Over 200 farmers and industry leaders attended the meeting, where workshop topics covered food safety, marketing, insect management, labor, peach production and more. AFVGA Executive Director Mac…

Ornamental Pumpkin

Tour Shows Ornamental Pumpkin Big Business

Dan Cooper Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

HM.Clause seed company led a pumpkin tour through San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and San Benito Counties showcasing the vibrant pumpkin breeds and ornamental business that consumes the month of October. A visit with longtime squash and pumpkin breeder Theodore "Ted" Superak provided some history of pumpkin breeds. Superak started breeding in the 1970's when the…

Fresh from Florida at PMA’s Fresh Summit

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Vegetables

Fresh from Florida growers attended the Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo in New Orleans on Oct. 19–21 to continue the tradition of showing the array of fruit and vegetable crops Florida growers produce. Chris Denmark, development representative supervisor for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, was in Louisiana for…

Artichokes: High-Profit Potential for Florida

Abigail Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Shinsuke Agehara Artichokes may look tough to eat, but they are a superfood in so many ways. They are immature, edible buds surrounded by layers of triangular petals. The edible portions consist primarily of the fleshy lower part of each petal and the large fleshy base, known as the “heart.” To enjoy the whole…

Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Registration Open

Jaci Schreckengost Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Online registration for the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference has officially opened! The event will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 11–14. Samantha Kilgore, director of communications for the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the goals of the event are to give fruit and vegetable growers and industry leaders the…

Studying Nematode Management Strategies

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts, Vegetables

Plant parasitic nematodes continue to cause devastating losses and concerns for southeastern vegetable and specialty crop growers. Abolfazl Hajihassani, assistant professor of nematology at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that past studies have found there are five or six types of plant parasitic nematodes that affect vegetables crops, but the root knot nematode is…

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

Jaci Schreckengost Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education. The annual convention is Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. Registration is $100 and closes Oct. 23 at tinyurl.com/afvga17. AFVGA Executive…

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee met Oct. 12 in Tallahassee to discuss hurricane damage. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave the opening remarks at the meeting, then held a press conference immediately afterward. In his comments, Putnam expressed his deep concern for all agricultural industries following Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Nate. In what…