Nutrients Are Nice, but Produce Better Pass the Taste Test

Josh McGill Produce, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. The fact that consumers purchase produce to satisfy their senses – not necessarily for its nutrients …

Blueberry Consumption Set to Continue Climbing

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

From the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Folsom, Calif. April 10, 2017 – With global blueberry production up 40 percent 2012-2016 and projected to reach 1.45 billion lbs. in 20171, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is focused on driving demand upward on the same trajectory. U.S. per capita blueberry consumption grew 599 percent from 1994-2014 – more than any other …

Freeze Gets Best of Georgia Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

  The Georgia blueberry industry is facing a pretty tough situation this season. The late freeze that occurred March 15–16 impacted the crops severely. Temperatures were reported as low as 22 degrees as far south as the Florida line. Add in a very warm winter to the mix, and it creates one hectic season for blueberry growers in Georgia. Charles …

Conference Highlights Women’s Role in Agriculture Advocacy

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

Agriculture advocacy, politics and food technology were among topics for the annual Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Conference this week in Birmingham. More than 250 Federation members from around the state attended the conference, which was held in conjunction with the Alabama Farm-City Awards program at the Hyatt Regency—Winfrey Hotel. Cullman County’s Lisa Lake has attended several of the conferences, …

USDA Warns it Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests

Abbey Taylor Pests, Top Posts

April is Awareness Month for Invasive Plant Pests   Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit …

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House Still Not Buying Negron Water Plan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Revamped plans for a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, a priority of the Senate president, have improved the proposal in the eyes of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. But the House still isn’t ready to sign on to Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal, which is designed to reduce polluted water discharges from the …

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

Kelsey Fry Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the University of Florida Emerson Alumni …

Expect Vidalia® Onions in Stores After April 12

Kelsey Fry Onion, Top Posts, Vegetables

Thanks to a mild winter, Georgia Vidalia® onions will be available earlier to consumers than anticipated. The official pack date for the onions has been set to Wednesday, April 12, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, will be available in local grocery stores and farmers markets after that date. The early April …