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 at different approaches Disney takes …

Southeast Farmers Trying Non-Traditional Options

Kelsey Fry Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

It seems that more and more farming operations are transitioning out of row crops in the Southeast in search of new business within the agricultural industry. Specialty crops has been one of those highlighted areas that is rapidly gaining popularity. While at the Southeast regional fruit and Vegetable Conference, Jon Harris, with AgSouth Farm Credit, stated that, “As we’ve seen …

UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts, Uncategorized, Vegetables

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 — Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan Zhang, a UF/IFAS plant pathology associate professor, were …

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an “Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures,” a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention Coming Soon

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held on January 31–February 2, 2017. The three-day convention, which is one of the largest grower meetings in the Northeast, is packed with concurrent educational sessions. The event will also include an industry tradeshow as well as exciting workshops the day before the main convention starts. Approximately 2,200 attendees are expected to gather at …

New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its “Hydroponic and Protected Ag” series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Asian Greens Gaining Ground

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Vegetables

Asian greens seem to be gaining more and more popularity in the market. Traditionally being sold in full-size bunches to use in stir-fries and soups in the East, now they are being prepared in all sorts of salads in the United States because of their unique coloring and textures. There are a variety of colors, flavors and textures of Asian …

Feeding America Tampa Bay Joins Ag Institute of Florida

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The annual meeting of the Agriculture (Ag) Institute of Florida was held on November 11 at Feeding America Tampa Bay, which is one of the newest members of the institute. The event encouraged members to mix and mingle with agriculture industry communicators representing associations, businesses and institutions, while also giving back to the community. Attendees toured Feeding America Tampa Bay’s …