Children Experience Agriculture Through Destination Ag

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

Wesley Langdale, chairman of the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation, recently spoke about a children’s program called Destination Ag. The Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation is working with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to create this program for pre-k through fifth-grade students. The program aims to show kids the basics of agriculture and the benefits of choosing agriculture as a career. The …

University of Georgia’s Avalon Pecan

Abbey Taylor Nuts, Top Posts

The University of Georgia has been working on a new pecan variety called Avalon. It has been approved for sale and is currently growing in four nurseries in Georgia. Patrick Conner, a University of Georgia professor, highly recommends production of Avalon. The Avalon variety was created in 2000 by cross-breeding two scab-resistant varieties, Gloria Grande and Barton. Avalon was the …

Sugar Farmers Balk at Selling Land for Reservoir

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Sugar, Water

Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be “willing sellers” to the state. The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida intends to deliver a letter Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, which will review a controversial …

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

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

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. …