Gianna Rivera Wins “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off

Abigail Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Gianna Rivera of Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County is the 2017 “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champion. Rivera competed against four other regional finalists from across the state. Rivera’s winning Citrus Chicken Taco with Watermelon Salsa will be served in a school…

Youth Potato Project Plants Seeds of STEM Careers

Kelsey Fry potato, Top Posts, Vegetables

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When the Flagler County 4-H members started growing their own potato plants at home, they were a little worried at first. “They would come to me and say, ‘I don’t see any potatoes on my plant. What’s wrong?’” said Amy Hedstrom, a Flagler County 4-H youth development…

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Applications Being Accepted for FFVA Leadership Program

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Do you know an up-and-coming leader who wants to be more involved in the agriculture industry? He or she may be eligible for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association's (FFVA) Emerging Leader Development Program. Launched in 2011, the program identifies and develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture. The programming provides a wealth…

USDA Cites Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. in Florida for Failure to Pay for Produce and the Company Satisfies Terms of Consent Decision and Order

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables

WASHINGTON – In a complaint filed on Jan. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. (Felda Vegetable), of Felda, Fla. failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $232,347 to 6 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

Expect Vidalia® Onions in Stores After April 12

Kelsey Fry Onion, Top Posts, Vegetables

Thanks to a mild winter, Georgia Vidalia® onions will be available earlier to consumers than anticipated. The official pack date for the onions has been set to Wednesday, April 12, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, will be available in local grocery stores and farmers markets after…

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…

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

Kelsey Fry Seeds, Technology, Top Posts, Vegetables

Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year's conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference's second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look…