Florida Blueberry Growers Association to Host Fall Meeting

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

The 2016 Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) Fall Meeting & Tradeshow is quickly approaching. The day-long educational event will take place on Tuesday, November 29, at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center in Plant City. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FBGA President Dudley Calfee says, "The greatest opportunity (of the…

Veteran Economist Named Interim Director of Tropical Research and Education Center

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Edward “Gilly” Evans, a longtime agricultural economist at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), has been named interim director of the center as the unit is hiring seven new faculty members. The new scientists include an agro-ecologist (a combination of agronomist…

New Administration May Benefit Seed Industry

Josh McGill Seeds, Top Posts

A new administration likely means changes are coming on the regulation front for agriculture industries. Seed industry leaders say the new philosophies could be beneficial to their key issues. American Seed Trade Association President and CEO Andy LaVigne spoke about the presidential election results and what it means for the seed industry. “Well, I think…

Fun, Exciting, Healthy: Sweet Potatoes

Abbey Taylor Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Healthy, new, fresh, easy and fun to prepare. These are just a few of the marketing buzzwords associated with sweet potatoes. Jason Tucker, president of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council, spoke about issues affecting potato growers. He says today's consumer is looking for an appealing potato that is aesthetically pleasing in color, texture and sweetness.…

Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour Registration Open

Abbey Taylor Horticulture, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 28th annual Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour will take place March 6–10, 2017. The University of Florida (UF) post-harvest program is designed for produce industry professionals, researchers and students involved in all aspects of the produce industry from field to retail. “We are interested in how fresh quality is maintained from the point of harvest…

Asian Vegetables Rapidly Emerging in Florida

Josh McGill Top Posts, Vegetables

By Guodong (David) Liu Asian vegetables are crops originating from countries such as China, India and Japan. They are also referred to as “oriental vegetables,” and include bitter melon, long squash, yardlong bean, luffa, Chinese red meat radish and more. These new crops are emerging in Florida. In northeastern Florida, there is a grower producing…

Alternative Crops in Florida: Artichokes

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

From hops to artichokes, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is researching the realms of possibility for alternative crops in Florida. Alternative crops are under study due to increasing competition in the United States and with other countries, such as Mexico. Many traditional crops like…

Growers Invited to Hastings Cole Crops Field Day      

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts

Coming up on November 30 is the Cabbage Cole Crops Field Day, located at the Cowpen Branch Research Farm in Hastings, Florida. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and industry professionals will be covering a variety of topics — from nutrient and pest management to alternative cropping. Crops covered will include…