Growers Want Research Funding in Next Farm Bill

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Research, Top Posts

Research was a popular topic among vegetable and specialty crop growers at the farm bill listening session in Gainesville, Florida, on June 24. One of these growers was Mike Bruorton, director of agricultural relations for Superior Berries Company and president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association. Bruorton began his comments by acknowledging that there…

Strawberry Breeding to Address Grower Challenges

Abigail Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Labor availability is decreasing while competition from imports is increasing for strawberry growers in Florida, says Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding and genetics program at the University of Florida. Whitaker says Mexico's strawberry production has increased in the last five years, creating a challenge for Florida growers. “For labor, one…

Trap-Cropping Recommendations

Abigail Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Trap cropping is an organic method to combat pests. Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been researching the best trap-crop methods to manage leaffooted bugs. Leaffooted bugs can usually be seen in groups on produce. According to Majumdar, these pests can do some serious quality and quantity damage to…

Florida Peaches Face Flowering Issues

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Weather conditions are an important factor when it comes to growing peaches in Florida. Due to the lack of cold weather, Florida peach crops often struggle without uniform flowering. However, researchers are working to solve this issue. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor and citrus Extension specialist at the University of Florida, says research is being…

Florida Rep. Roth Recaps his First Year

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Rick Roth, West Palm Beach native and vegetable farmer, has completed his first year in the Florida Legislature serving the 85th district. He discusses his first year as a representative and his plans for his second year serving Florida. Roth says he found the legislative process to be very exciting. “It was an information party,”…

Strong Lineup at Upcoming FFVA Convention

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The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) is preparing for its annual convention in September. Lisa Lochridge, FFVA director of public affairs, says she is looking forward to an exciting event. The convention will feature two keynote speakers. During the opening session, Florida Representative Jake Raburn will speak. He will give his take on what…

Hydroponics to Improve Yield, Minimize Water Use

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Hydroponic growing systems are a means for growers to potentially improve yield, says Davie Kadyampakeni, an assistant professor at the Citrus Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. These systems are a way for farmers to grow crops without soil by using water and a nutrient solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Alternative…