Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abbey Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare a crop to be sold. …

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill on February 3 proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Gaetz served in …

Register Now for the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Kelsey Fry Food Safety, Top Posts

The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training is February 7 at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Suwannee County Extension office in Live Oak. Jill Dunlop with the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), a grower trade association, handles the food safety and sustainability education and outreach program. She says the FFVA is partnering with University of …

World Ag Expo Celebrates 50 Years

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The World Ag Expo is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it is an event you will not want to miss. Jerry Sinift, chief executive officer of International Agri-Center, spoke about what to expect at this year’s expo on February 14–16 in Tulare, California. Sinift says the expo has something new every year. Growers will be introduced to diversified new products …

Winter Fresh, Summer Somewhere Campaign

Josh McGill Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

Folsom, Calif. – Many U.S. consumers believe blueberries are only in season May through August. With the goal of changing those perceptions, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is conducting a Winter Fresh, Summer Somewhere campaign which runs through February 2017. The campaign highlights the quality, in-season product available to U.S. consumers year-round, fresh from the blueberry farms of South America. …

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6 Things to Know About EPA Review of Pyrethroids

Abbey Taylor Environment, Top Posts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting comments on the ecological risk assessments for pyrethroids and pyrethrins as insecticides. This evaluation is occurring as part of a registration review during which the EPA reevaluates registered pesticides to ensure they are not causing unreasonable harm to humans or the environment. Comments on the evaluation will be accepted until March 31, …

UF/IFAS Extension Faculty Win Seed Money Through New Shark Tank-Style Program

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Source: Nick Place, 352-392-1761, nplace@ufl.edu Hannah Carter, 352-392-1041, hscarter@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Facial recognition software is no longer a thing of the future. But what if similar technologies could one day help farmers identify pests in the field? Steve Futch, multi-county citrus agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, …

Four with UF/IFAS Ties to Be Inducted into Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

Jan. 30, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Jack Payne, 352-392-1971, jackpayne@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) alumni, a producer who worked with UF/IFAS Extension and UF/IFAS Research and a contributor to the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation will be inducted into …