UF/IFAS’s Folta named Pro Farmer Ag Person of the Year

Josh McGill Top Posts, Uncategorized

“Dr. Folta has been a leader in the fight against the anti-GMO movement for years,” said Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor. “He was a natural choice for his leadership and many years of education on biotechnology, and for being committed to sharing that knowledge with the general public.” Folta publishes a website and podcast titled…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Kelsey Fry Top Posts

On behalf of everyone at AgNet Media, we would like to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our readers. As the 2016 year concludes, we have had an enjoyable year of expanding our news coverage to the vegetable and specialty crop industry. We would like to thank all of the agriculturalists who have…

Rapid Cooling Techniques for Longer Shelf Life in Produce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

For small farmers, delivering fresh, high-quality produce to markets can be quite a challenge. So many factors involved with harvesting, handling, packaging, transportation and storage are the reasons that some operations cease to expand sales. Temperature, especially in Florida, is a major challenge that growers face. Steve Sargent, post-harvest Extension specialist in the horticultural sciences…

PMA’s Emerging Leaders Program

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

Newark, Del. — Want to groom a rising star employee for leadership in your organization? Apply today for the Center for Growing Talent by PMA’s (CGTbyPMA) 2017 Emerging Leaders Program that gets underway in February. New in 2017, CGTbyPMA is partnering with Eller College of Management at University of Arizona to train rising leaders to…

Quickly Approaching: Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Kelsey Fry Uncategorized

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on January 5–8, 2017. Growers, suppliers and those with an interest in specialty crop agriculture are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind educational conference and trade show. There will be over 80 hours of educational sessions addressing food safety concerns, special commodity issues…

UF/IFAS SHARE Council Honors HM.CLAUSE CEO for Volunteer Service

Josh McGill Seeds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Matthew Johnston, chief executive officer for international vegetable seed company HM.CLAUSE, has been named 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the UF/IFAS SHARE Council, a volunteer leadership board that works to secure sources of private support for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Johnston was honored Dec. 12…

Study Outlines Marketing Plan for Florida Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts

A graduate student at the University of Florida has developed a strategic marketing plan for the Florida blueberry industry. Tori Bradley, graduate assistant for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Center for Public Issues Education and Department of Food and Resource Economics, researched the Florida blueberry industry and found opportunities to…

UF/IFAS Scientists: Commercially Grown Strawberries Are Not Genetically Engineered

Kelsey Fry Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Uncategorized

BALM, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 --- University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this time. A UF/IFAS strawberry breeder says he’s…