AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — The Modern

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By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President Editor's note: Read the prologue to this article. In a tour this week, I accompanied television program host and anchor Max Armstrong of the nationally-syndicated ag news program “This Week in Agribusiness” to help bring his audience up to date on Central Florida agriculture. To show Armstrong…

AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — A Prologue

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By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President During a fast-paced day and a half earlier this week, I connected with Max Armstrong, host and anchor of the national farm news television program “This Week in Agribusiness” to help him with a whirlwind newsgathering tour of Central Florida agriculture. The syndicated television program airs weekly…

UF Researchers Exploring the Market Value of Tea

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Mostly due to its market value, tea may be an attractive specialty crop. Brantlee Spakes Richter, University of Florida (UF) senior lecturer, believes the crop has great potential in the U.S. market. Richter has been working with tea for a little over a year now. She is studying how to best grow the crop in…

Leadership Spotlight: Daniel Botts

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American scholar and the father of contemporary leadership studies, Warren G. Bennis once said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Daniel Botts, a highly-regarded leader in the vegetable industry, has truly turned his vision into a reality over his almost 40-year career in the Florida vegetable industry. Born in Troy, Alabama, Botts discovered…

Florida Organic Growers and UF/IFAS Host Successful Workshop

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Florida Organic Growers partnered with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to host the Integrated Organic Tomato Production Workshop on May 15 in Citra. The workshop covered several topics, including organic high-tunnel tomato production, tomato grafting methods and postharvest sanitation of tomatoes. Attendees were able to listen to presentations by researchers…

Southwest Florida Struggles with Whiteflies and Drought

Abigail Taylor Pests, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Watermelon

The drought is not the only problem Florida tomato and watermelon growers are facing this season. Gene McAvoy, regional vegetable Extension agent with the University of Florida, said whitefly pressure has proliferated and become a big problem for growers. Florida’s relatively warm winter this past year has caused tremendous pest pressure (especially whiteflies) now in…

Pecan Fertilization Practices

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After nearly five years of research, University of Georgia Associate Professor Lenny Wells has thoroughly explored the fertilization young pecan trees need in order to achieve optimal growth. According to Wells, the amount of pecan trees being planted every year in Georgia is steadily increasing. With all the young trees going in the ground, Wells…

UF Entomologist Recognized for Helping Farmers in Myanmar

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By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu HOMESTEAD, Florida ---A global organization has recognized a University of Florida entomologist for his volunteer work in Myanmar, where he helped tropical food growers improve their pest management practices. Daniel Carrillo, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was one of…