IR-4 Program Helps Get Pesticides Registered for Specialty Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Pests, Top Posts

Peter Dittmar, assistant professor and Extension specialist at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, says the specialty crop industry has difficulties with pesticide registration. In order to solve this problem, the IR-4 program was created to help Florida growers have more options. The program is a cooperation between land grant universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and …

Make Way for Florida Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Research, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), spent this past peach season raising awareness for Florida peaches. FSCF, in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The program started with an advertising campaign, during which the peaches were being promoted to …

Registration Open for the Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit, September 17-19

Abbey Taylor Organic

Contact: Andi Emrich, Summit Coordinator, Email: andi@foginfo.org (Gainesville, Fla. –) – Registration continues for Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers’ (FOG) statewide Organic Food & Farming Summit taking place September 17-19 in Gainesville. The Summit kicks off on Sunday September 17 with organic food and farm tours and on-farm workshops in and around Gainesville. Following the farm tours, FOG will …

Grower-Focused Goals for UF Blueberry Breeding Program

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF). To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and diseases. He says this helps …

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 …