What Exactly Causes Toxic Algae?

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Lisa Krimsky Florida has an algae problem, and we’re not alone. The population on this planet is growing, as is the need to feed and house 7.6 billion people. Algae blooms are naturally occurring. However, a warming climate, human activities and nutrient inputs from stormwater, agricultural and urban land use, and sewer and septic systems have significantly increased the …

Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Farmers Wonder Who’s Listening

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Gary Cooper While much of mainstream news seems to be stuck on mid-term campaign coverage, thousands of rural farm families severely impacted by Hurricane Michael are starting to wonder if their words are even being heard. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hosted an agricultural listening session late Tuesday afternoon in Blountstown that attracted several hundred family farmers to share …

FBGA Annual Meeting Brings Blueberry Industry Together

Abbey Taylor Berries, innovation, Research, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) held its annual meeting and trade show on Oct. 30 in Ocala. Brittany Lee, FBGA president, says the annual meeting is a great opportunity for the blueberry industry to come together. The meeting featured an educational seminar series focusing on several different topics. University of Florida researchers Oscar Liburd and Phil Harmon kicked off …

Don’t Get Spooked by Ugly Fruit

Breanna Kendrick Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Breanna Kendrick Each year, up to 20 percent of the fruits and vegetables harvested in the United States go to waste because they’re not visually pleasing to consumers. Jeffrey Brecht, professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, works in the area of post-harvest horticulture. He focuses on measuring the quality of fruits and vegetables in …

Putnam Hosts Listening Session on Hurricane Michael Damage

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Gary Cooper Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam opened to a packed house in Blountstown, FL late Tuesday afternoon. Area residents participated in a listening session hosted by his department. Reviewing the latest information available regarding damage assessments, Putnam pointed out there has been devastating damage to many crops including some that have no established programs in place to help …

Alabama Extension Puts All Hands on Deck After Michael

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Hurricane Michael blew through the Southeastern region in early October. Vegetable growers in Georgia are still suffering from sunburnt peppers, and Florida growers are facing up to 100 percent crop loss. In Alabama, cotton seemed to take the worst hit in the southeastern corner of the state. Hurricane Michael also devastated greenhouses, cucumbers, tomatoes and several Alabama Extension research plots. …

Trends and the Future of the Legal Ag Workforce

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Amy Wolfe Not a day goes by when discussions don’t swirl in the mainstream and social media spheres about immigration. The topic is polarizing at best. In agriculture, the need for a thoughtful, balanced solution is essential to ensure our ability to continue feeding the world. Notable to our industry is the proposal to modify the current agricultural guestworker …