Alabama Gains Its Own Pomegranate Association

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

The pomegranate industry in Alabama is working to strengthen its numbers by incorporating a statewide association. Shane Jennings founded the Alabama Pomegranate Association to help educate, raise awareness, and inspire Alabamians to get involved in the growing industry. The association was formed in 2016 and held its first annual member meeting in October. Attendance showed a significant interest in Alabama …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Research, Top Posts

Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …

The Next Farm Bill: Specialty Crops

Josh McGill Industry News Release

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Ranking Member Michelle Lujan Grisham “Thank you Chairman Davis, and I add my welcome to each of our panelists for being here today. Your willingness to participate in today’s hearing is particularly appreciated given the nearly continuous cycle of planting and harvesting in the specialty crops sector. “I would …

Jet Fuel Crop on the Horizon

Kelsey Fry Cole Crop, Research, Top Posts

Source: Patrick Troy Patrick Troy, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension regional specialized agent for row crops, is working on a biofuel research study that could lead to the production of jet fuel. “Fortunately, for the sake of farming, I think diversification is something that has happened with the movement in and out of different crops. Unfortunately, …

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Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade …

Putnam Rallies Ag at Taste of Florida Reception

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

The Taste of Florida Agriculture reception, held in Tallahassee on March 8, brought together friends of agriculture from every corner of the state for a night of fellowship. The reception is hosted by the Florida Farm Bureau as part of its annual Legislative Days event. Booths were set up between the historic Florida Capitol building and the new state Capitol. …

Younger Generation Not Eating Enough Peaches

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Top Posts

Peaches have always been a staple in household diets, but the younger generation is falling short of the consumption rates from past generations. The National Peach Council (NPC) is working to fix this issue. In a recent study, it was discovered that the average peach consumer is in excess of 55 years old. NPC Director Kay Rentzel spoke about the …