Training Opportunity for Farm Labor Supervisors

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

The Farm Labor Supervisor Training program recently wrapped up its last scheduled class for the fall. Fritz Roka, associate professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, says that even though the scheduled classes have ended, there is still plenty of opportunity to request…

Ag Angels Help Spread Christmas Cheer

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

With the holiday season quickly approaching, there are plenty of great opportunities to give generously to the less fortunate. Ag Angels is a 100-percent non-profit organization dedicated to providing children in Highlands and Hardee counties with a Christmas. Ag Angels got its start 10 years ago when its founder and chairman,Scott Kirouac, was visiting a…

Feeding America Tampa Bay Joins Ag Institute of Florida

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The annual meeting of the Agriculture (Ag) Institute of Florida was held on November 11 at Feeding America Tampa Bay, which is one of the newest members of the institute. The event encouraged members to mix and mingle with agriculture industry communicators representing associations, businesses and institutions, while also giving back to the community. Attendees…

Southeast Growers Learn About Federal Food Safety Act Requirements

Josh McGill Food Safety, Top Posts

By: Beverly James GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers and Extension agents are fanning across the state and the Southeast region to help growers and packers meet new federal food safety guidelines. Driving across the state to packinghouses, farms and training centers, scientists such as Michelle Danyluk,…

UF/IFAS Researcher: Neighborly Conversations Can Help with Water Conservation

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Water

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Your neighbors and peers probably care more about water conservation than one might assume, and that may mean they’re open to some new ideas about using less water, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researcher says. Laura Warner, who will publish a new study on UF/IFAS Extension…

Cooler Weather Is Great News for Strawberry Growers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The cool weather this year has Florida strawberry growers' spirits high for this season. Kenneth Parker, president of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, said there is a tremendous amount of hopeful optimism for this season. "The greatest advantage that we have going into this season, comparing it to last year, is that the weather is…

UF Tomato Research Trials: Jointless Ground Tomatoes

Kayla Mercer Research, Tomatoes, Top Posts

The University of Florida (UF) has been involved in ongoing tomato research over the years with the objective of aiding growers in production and cost efficiencies. The initial goal of university researchers was to breed a tomato plant that can be grown on the ground without staking or tying, which can be achieved with traditional…

Chemical Labeling for Pomegranates

Kayla Mercer Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association (FPA) is seeing growers plant more and more pomegranates as alternative crops throughout the state of Florida. Cindy Weinstein, FPA president, says continued growth in pomegranate acreage is expected as new varieties are introduced that will succeed in Florida's diverse climate. These varieties include evergreens that will not go dormant, which…