Pros and Cons of Growing Hard Squash in the Spring

Abigail Taylor Cucurbits, Top Posts

Georgia growers may want to consider growing hard squash in the spring. Timothy Coolong, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, says growing hard squash in the spring has some great advantages. Hard squash is incredibly vulnerable to viruses transmitted from aphids. In the spring, the aphid population is significantly lower than in the…

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal

Josh McGill Pollinators, Top Posts

Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America. The number of those sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council doubled from 15 to 31 in the past…

Pence Talks Trade in Japan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

Vice President Mike Pence was in Tokyo on Tuesday, calling for “stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships” with countries like Japan and South Korea. A Washington Post article says his comments raise the prospect of trade talks with Japan as well as a look into the current agreement with South Korea. Japan and the…

Anxiously Awaiting Perdue’s Confirmation

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

The Senate is scheduled to vote next Monday, April 24th, to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture. And many in agriculture are anxiously awaiting Perdue’s arrival at the department. After months of waiting and delays, American Farm Bureau Federation executive director of public policy, Dale Moore, expresses the relief…

Georgia Not Overly Concerned About Bacterial Wilt in Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have been conducting research on bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. Phillip Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, is leading the study. According to the UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source, bacterial wilt is…

2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market

Abigail Taylor Top Posts

By: Michelle Person michellem.person@ams.usda.gov WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent…

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…

UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit Gets New Director

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A veteran of the has been named its permanent director, and he hopes to help faculty continue improving crops. James Boyer, who has worked at the unit for 17 years, was named interim director in May 2016. His appointment to the permanent post was effective April…