Trump Unveils New Immigration Legislation

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has been vocal about his urgency to reform U.S. immigration policy. When he was elected, business leaders, especially within the agriculture industry, waited to see what Trump’s immigration plans were and what those plans would mean for their workforce. An August 2 announcement from Trump may give the agriculture industry a …

UF Scientists to Help California, Florida Growers Control Dangerous Avocado Pathogen

Abbey Taylor Avocado, Top Posts

By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida experts know all too well about laurel wilt, the pathogen endangering the state’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry – and they’re trying to find ways to prevent it from spreading. Now, they’re taking their data to California to talk to scientists, growers and regulators. Faculty from the University of Florida/Institute …

Whitefly Control Strategies for Tomatoes

Jaci Schreckengost Tomatoes, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are working to help growers manage whiteflies, one of the main pests in tomatoes. Philip Stansly, a professor of entomology at UF, says three management systems researchers are currently examining are UV reflective mulches, beneficial insect releases and new insecticides. Stansly says the whitefly levels seen in the last season were the worst …

Perdue Welcomes Specialty Crop Producers’ Ideas on NAFTA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met with the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture last week. Discussions about various issues for producers in both countries took place. Of course, this is all leading up to talks concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). During a teleconference, Perdue said he knows certain sectors of agriculture, like fruit and vegetable growers across the Southeast …

First Organic Food & Farming Summit

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Florida Organic Growers is holding its inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit on September 17–19 in Gainesville, Florida. Andi Emrich, summit coordinator, says she is very excited for the event and thinks it will be a huge success. The summit will start on Sunday, September 17, with farm tours around Gainesville. Among the list of farms to be toured is …

New Techniques for Blueberry Breeding

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Patricio Munoz, assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida, says researchers are trying to find new ways to go about the blueberry breeding process. The traditional blueberry breeding process can easily take 15 years, Munoz says. He believes finding new ways to shorten this process benefits everyone, including producers and consumers. By shortening the breeding process, the …

NAFTA Is a Problem for U.S. Specialty Crop Industry

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The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 26, to listen to comments about renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and what those renegotiations could mean for different sectors of the U.S. agriculture industry. It is no secret that NAFTA has caused some mixed feelings from different U.S. farmers. Some have greatly …

UF Researchers Work to Control Pepper Pests

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Pepper weevil is a huge issue for pepper growers, but researchers like Philip Stansly, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF), are working to find management techniques. Stansly says pepper weevil is the main pest for pepper growers in Florida. Insecticides, shortened crop cycles and UV, metalized, reflective mulches are three forms of pest management techniques being …