UF Web Tool Helps South Carolina, Florida Strawberry Growers

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Strawberry, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch nationwide and in the Sunshine …

Lychee Looks Promising for Florida

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

Lychee has potential in Florida, according to Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Crane recently gave a presentation at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in early November, where he discussed lychee. He said lychee has been of interest for a …

Clemson Brings Sustainable Ag to the Southeast

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Clemson University created the Sustainable Agriculture Program as an Extension outreach program to help inform and educate students, farmers and other industry professionals about sustainable ag. Geoffrey Zehnder, professor of entomology and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Program, said the program helps provide information to those who need it and want to learn more. According to the U.S. Department of …

Alabama’s Beginning Farmer Program

Abbey Taylor Business, Top Posts

The Beginning Farmer Program has come to Alabama. The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant, aims to provide a knowledge infrastructure for new and developing farmers. Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, is working on the program, which he calls a “very important project.” The Alabama project started …

Georgia Growers Informed on Labor Regulations

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts

In order to keep Georgia growers up-to-date about important labor regulations and issues, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) held the annual Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum. The event was held at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus on Nov. 7–8 and had more than 100 people in attendance. Charles Hall, executive director of the GFVGA, said the …

Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

The state’s horticulture producers picked up on fresh industry insights during the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 16-17. Over 200 farmers and industry leaders attended the meeting, where workshop topics covered food safety, marketing, insect management, labor, peach production and more. AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham said the conference was …

A Sweeter Start to the Strawberry Season

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Florida Beauty is a new and unique strawberry variety for growers. It was bred with characteristics to help Florida growers stand out in the market. Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding program at the University of Florida, said Florida Beauty is the first day-neutral variety that has been released by the breeding program. Most varieties grown …

FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

Abbey Taylor Labor, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), recently participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry at the Florida Ag Expo. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor caught up with him after the discussion. Stuart said he hopes Florida growers will have a good season after what he called, “a tough few years.” “We need …