UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

Abbey Taylor Hops, Industry News Release, Top Posts

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MFREC) in Apopka, Florida, said the grant will help continue their work to bring …

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UF ‘Plant Whisperer’ Helps Floridians Keep Produce Lush, Green and Safe

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

APOPKA, Fla. – Liz Felter gazes at the tomato plant and considers it quietly for a few seconds. Stroking the discolored leaves, she sticks two fingers in the soil and pushes the dirt down. “My gut tells me it’s not Erwinia,” says Felter, a University of Florida IFAS Extension regional specialized agent. The visitor to the UF/IFAS Diagnostic Plant Clinic …

Tickets On Sale for Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

TAMPA, Fla. — Tickets are now on sale for the 40th annual Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 12, which will honor four inductees who have made invaluable contributions to Florida agriculture. The banquet, which each year celebrates the accomplishments of industry leaders who have served in research, education and business, is held in the Special Events Center …

UF/IFAS Experts: Growers Ready for Freezes

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Weather

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the next frost threatens Florida’s crops, growers will do their best to make sure your favorite foods are protected from the potentially crippling chill, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts. For example, citrus growers use wind machines and micro-sprinklers to ensure freezing temperatures don’t ruin the fruit, said Chris Oswalt, a …

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Organic Tank Mixes Bring Benefits

Abbey Taylor Organic, Pests, Top Posts

Generally, organic producers try to stay away from using insecticides. If pest pressure is bad enough, however, it is important avoid resistance. According to Ayanava Majumdar, Extension entomologist with Auburn University, incorporating tank mixes into a grower’s spray program can help deter resistance. Majumdar says he understands most organic producers use individual organic products. “But, through years of research, we …

Gene Editing: Not Your Grandfather’s GMO

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kevin Folta The refrigerator is a wonderful invention. It’s the place we find a cold drink on a hot day and the big box where we hide the cheese. Sometimes ice and water come right out of the door. Since its inception, the refrigerator allowed homeowners to store food, save leftovers and suffer less spoilage and waste. Most of …

Putnam’s Parting Words

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

After eight years of service, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will leave his office, making way for Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried. From dealing with hurricanes to fighting for Florida farmers in D.C., Putnam has been a dedicated servant to Florida’s agriculture industry. However, he says the industry has given him far more than what he has ever given it. AgNet …

Visit VSCNews at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Abbey Taylor Produce, Top Posts, Vegetables

VSCNews is excited to return to the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) on Jan. 10–13 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. Each year, SERFVC provides a great opportunity to mingle with fellow industry members and kick off the new year. SERFVC, sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) and the …