Sweet Sensation® ‘Florida127’ Strawberry Lives Up to Its Name

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Growers in Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry industry now have proof that the latest UF/IFAS-bred variety lasts longer on the shelf and tastes sweeter than two UF/IFAS cultivars, making it more attractive to faraway markets. “These two attributes together make for a clear step up in eating quality for the consumer,” said Vance Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences and …

New Technology on the Way for Produce

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It’s no surprise that new technology has found its way into the produce industry. But what may be of surprise to most is the type of new technologies that are currently being tested and used in the United States and Europe. Bryan Silbermann, CEO of the Produce Marketing Association, explains how new technology entering the farming world can change the …

2016 FFVA Convention Speakers Address Major Topics

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The 73rd annual Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention is wrapping up another successful year. The convention, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, gathered a crowd of over 400, says Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA. Lochridge says that the goal of this year’s convention, like every other year, is to provide FFVA members with information and …

“Don’t Get Caught With Your Plants Down” Workshop

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The second annual workshop, “Don’t Get Caught With Your Plants Down,” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The workshop will be lead by researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Everglades Research and Education Center. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., middle school and high school teachers are invited to attend the free …

SWFREC Partnership with Immokalee 1 By 1 Leadership Foundation Offers Student Internships

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Alfredo Villalobos-Perez watches intently as entomology assistant Jose Castillo explains the relevance of the number of psyllids (vector insects of citrus greening) on the other side of the microscope in front of them. As the whirling machines around them gather data, Villalobos-Perez and Castillo are seeking some answers of their own. Villalobos-Perez is one of the students who have recently …

Fresh Summit Informs, Unifies Global Science and Technology Community

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Recognizing the increasing complexity facing the produce and floral industries today and in the future, science and technology will be a key focus of Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo when it convenes October 14-16, in Orlando, Florida, USA. And new this year, a pilot program will be held to help attract science and technology talent …

Water-Saving Technology Proves Beneficial

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A new agricultural technology has been tested by several farmers to see if it saves water usage. The technology allows farmers to access soil-moisture readings right from their phones, with updates every three hours. A University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension trial included three farmers from the Suwannee River Valley who tested the new system. The technology …

NGA Holds Annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) held its fifth annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown yesterday at the Library of Congress, located on Capitol Hill. NGA’s 2016 Best Bagger National Champion, Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets, located in Seattle, WA, competed against Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). Candice was able to fend off a good effort by Congressman Newhouse to …