USDA Working to Strengthen Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts 0 Comments

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for…

Vegetables Being Grown on Old Citrus Land

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Doug Bournique, executive director of the Indian River Citrus League, says that for about a year now, vegetable growers have been moving in on old citrus land in the northeast corner of Lake Okeechobee. The land has been out of citrus production for many years, but has grown in popularity with California and Midwest vegetable growers.…

Jackfruit

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Everett Griner talks about jackfruit, a possible replacement for meat, in today’s Agri View.   From: The Guardian Green jackfruit: is ‘pulled pork for vegetarians’ the next big food craze? It’s enormous, green and knobbly, and has foodies across the world drooling with delight. So what is it – and where can you get it?…

UF/IFAS Helps Local Farmers Break into the Local Food Movement

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When it comes to defining “local” food, things are hardly black and white. Instead, consumers perceive degrees of localness rather than firm local and non-local divisions, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found. Now researchers are using these findings to help Florida farmers effectively market their produce…

Pomegranate: The Super Fruit

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Many people don’t realize how useful the parts of a pomegranate can be. Cindy Weinstein, the president of the Florida Pomegranate Association, says that marketing efforts are being made in order to let consumers know of the beneficial uses that pomegranates offer to multiple fields. Weinstein says that pomegranate antioxidant research is happening to put…

Sterile Insect Release Facility Gets Upgrade

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 John D. Renshaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sterile insect technology director, says that the USDA Sterile Insect Release Facility is one of the department’s best-kept secrets. And since there are only 50 similar facilities worldwide, many might agree with him. The sterile insect program in Sarasota, Florida, has been sterilizing male Mediterranean fruit flies…

El Niño Impact on Blueberry Crop

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts 0 Comments

This year’s Florida blueberry season had a unique challenge to overcome. The unusually warm winter combined with an El Niño climate phase of cloudy and cool conditions in early spring resulted in harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop hitting its peak approximately three weeks later than normal. Gary England, a multi-county Extension agent, says by…