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Election Day Commentary: Career Politicians or Dedicated Public Servants?

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Fruit, Labor, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Trade, Vegetables, Watermelon

By Gary Cooper, Founder/President AgNet Media Sometimes the timing of events can really make us think. Over the weekend, our nation lost one of its greatest public servants. Senator John McCain was nothing less than a statesman his entire adult life. Not once in all the recent news media coverage did I see him referred…

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Grants

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The deadline to submit an application to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is Jan. 11, 2019. The grant,…

Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida researchers. Better still, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops…

Florida Growers Facing Blueberry Challenges

Breanna Kendrick Berries, Pollinators, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Citrus root weevil is relatively new to blueberries, but is becoming more of a prevalent issue for some Central Florida growers. Citrus root weevil typically occurs on old citrus ground that has been plowed under for blueberry production. Doug Phillips, blueberry Extension coordinator for the University of Florida (UF), has been trying…

Setting the Record Straight on the Lake Okeechobee Algae Debate

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

As the Lake Okeechobee blue-green algae debate continues, it can be difficult to decipher the truth from misinformation. A debate that has now become a national news story has been decades in the making. The same arguments from north and south of the lake have been made throughout the debate’s history. The algae issues in…

Highlights from Florida Ag Expo

Breanna Kendrick Hops, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Close to 600 people gathered in Balm at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center for the 2018 Florida Ag Expo. The theme of the event this year was precision agriculture and mechanization. "We had great attendance and participation in our panel discussions and workshops," said Jack Rechcigl, center director of the…

Fumigation for Fusarium Wilt in Watermelon

Breanna Kendrick Research, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick Fusarium wilt is not a new problem, but it's a more prevalent problem now than it previously was. Once fusarium becomes established in the soil, it's very long lived. Fusarium wilt has been a main area of research for the past 10 years for the National Watermelon Association. Josh Freeman, associate professor…