USDA Warns it Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

April is Awareness Month for Invasive Plant Pests   Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit …

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House Still Not Buying Negron Water Plan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Revamped plans for a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, a priority of the Senate president, have improved the proposal in the eyes of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. But the House still isn’t ready to sign on to Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal, which is designed to reduce polluted water discharges from the …

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the University of Florida Emerson Alumni …

Expect Vidalia® Onions in Stores After April 12

Kelsey Fry Onion, Top Posts, Vegetables

Thanks to a mild winter, Georgia Vidalia® onions will be available earlier to consumers than anticipated. The official pack date for the onions has been set to Wednesday, April 12, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, will be available in local grocery stores and farmers markets after that date. The early April …

Bumblebees Boost Blueberry Yield

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. The news also accentuates the need for blueberry pollinators, said Joshua Campbell, a post-doctoral researcher in the UF/IFAS entomology and …

Beginners Pecan Production Course Scheduled for April 18

Kelsey Fry Pecan, Top Posts

By Julia Rodriguez University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host the Beginners Pecan Production Course on Tuesday, April 18, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Those interested can preregister for the event by calling Debbie Rutland at (229) 386-3424. Before the day of the event, the cost to attend is $10. Registration the day of the event is $15. …

Florida Blueberry Season Expected to Have Great Run

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The 2017 Florida blueberry season is looking very hopeful. After dodging the freezes that had a severely detrimental effect on Georgia’s blueberry industry, it seems that Florida is going to reap the benefits of a great season. The freezes that plagued Georgia’s season didn’t quite make it all the way down to Florida enough to have made significant repercussions on …

Senate Bill 10 Amendment Proposal Brings Improvements, but Concern Remains

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Senate President Joe Negron and other senate leaders proposed some changes to Senate Bill 10 on April 4. After receiving some pushback on the bill, Negron has proposed amendments to make the bill more sufficient for those who would be negatively affected by the original proposal. Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Negron in August 2016 as a way to …