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

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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…

Labor Is Still a Major Concern for Many in Agriculture

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Labor continues to be a major issue for many specialty crop growers, not only here in the Southeast, but across the country. Last month, agricultural leaders were in Washington, D.C. to discuss this topic, and one of those participating was American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. He highlighted the need for enhanced coordination to eliminate…

Whitefly Infestation Only in Palm Beach County – For Now

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From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People in Palm Beach County can help manage a potential outbreak of the Q-biotype whitefly through early detection and identification of the insect, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. This significant tropical and subtropical pest…

Celtuce

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What do you get when you cross celery and lettuce? Celtuce, of course. Cathy Isom tells you about a leafy vegetable that will have you doing a double-take.   Meet The Vegetable: Celtuce, a Mutant and Delicious Lettuce By Dan Nosowitz Ever shopped at a Chinese market and seen a strange, rough-skinned root-looking vegetable with…

PMA Brings Fresh Produce Insight

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PMA Brings Fresh Produce Insight to White House Meeting on Trade Policy Newark, Del. — Global trade is critical to the fresh produce industry, and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) President Cathy Burns brought the industry’s perspective to a White House meeting on global trade policy Feb 29. The discussion among high-level U.S. trade officials and…