Areas of Florida Experience Extreme Drought

Abbey Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Although some rain passed through Florida recently, the state is still suffering from severe drought in certain areas. Furthermore, according to a map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on May 4, areas north of Lake Okeechobee have moved in to the “extreme” drought level. Florida has been experiencing water shortage issues due to the drought, and regions within the …

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Ambrosia Beetles Bring Trouble for Avocados

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Pests, Top Posts

An invasive pest from Asia carries a lethal pathogen that can kill avocado trees. The redbay ambrosia beetle was first detected in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 2000s. This beetle carries a fungus that causes laurel wilt, an extremely dangerous pathogen that can be deadly to avocado trees. Recently, the threat of this pathogen has increased. Randy Ploetz, a professor …

Artichokes Could Be the Next Niche Crop in Florida

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts

The Florida specialty crop industry is facing many difficulties that range from pest issues to competition from imports. Growers seeking alternative crops may want to consider artichokes. Shinsuke Agehara, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, says artichokes have never been commercially grown in Florida, but they could be a great niche crop. Agehara believes artichokes are an attractive …

GFVGA Chasing Labor Issues in D.C.

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

AgNet Media’s Founder and President, Gary Cooper, recently caught up with the Executive Director of the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, Charles Hall, in Washington D.C. Hall says he is primarily focusing on labor and the H2-A program during his time in D.C. He also briefly discusses NAFTA negotiation possibilities and damage to Georgia blueberries from this season’s freeze. …

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Finding a Balance for Food Labeling

Dan Cooper Legislative

Newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answered questions from members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Perdue was asked about food labeling and what the new administration might do regarding the matter. “Certainly we are not prepared to talk about the implementation of genetically engineered or biotech labeling, and that’s a complicated issue,” he said. “But I am pretty …

Ag Lender Survey: Farm Profitability Down, Commodity Prices Top Concern

Josh McGill Business

ABA and Farmer Mac release first biannual survey of agricultural lenders Nearly 90 percent of agricultural lenders have seen an overall decline in farm profitability in the last 12 months, according to a joint survey by the American Bankers Association and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac; NYSE: AGM and AGM.A). The survey of more than 350 agricultural lenders …

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Organic Tomato Production System Workshop

Abbey Taylor Tomatoes, Top Posts

Contact: Tyler Nesbit, 352-377-6345 Email: tyler@foginfo.org Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS are hosting a free Integrated Organic Tomato Production System workshop on Monday, May 15. The workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Florida Plant Science Research and Education Unit, 2556 West Highway 318 in Citra. Topics will include: Organic tomato …

Time to Celebrate a Year-Round, Healthy Snack – the Strawberry

Abbey Taylor Strawberry, Top Posts

By:Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Today starts National Strawberry Month, a time to reflect on the history of this sweet, nutrition-packed fruit that grows well in Florida – and to extol its health benefits. Strawberries originally grew in Europe. In France, people regarded them as the highest-quality aphrodisiac. People believed Alpine strawberries provided various medicinal benefits. While some …