Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

Kelsey Fry Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

March 15, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida peaches make for a succulent snack, say consumers surveyed by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. That’s encouraging news for Florida producers trying to expand their reach, not only in the Sunshine State but nationally, said Joy Rumble, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of …

Catching Up with Representative Rick Roth on Capitol Hill

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Florida’s 2017 legislative session is underway in Tallahassee. From Capitol Hill, Palm Beach County-native Representative Rick Roth reports on how his bills are faring and some important issues that have been discussed. Roth says he feels good about the way things have been going so far. As a businessman, he thinks he is in a great environment to help benefit …

UF/IFAS Experts Help Growers Ready for Tonight’s Cold Snap

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Weather

Date:March 15, 2017 By:Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers are bracing for a cold snap tonight that could cost them thousands of dollars in damage. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and researchers are here to help. A hard freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 16 …

Wildfires Plague Florida During Dry Spell

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Wildfire season is currently at a high in Florida. Just last week, over 6,000 acres burned in Collier County. The fire left a portion of Interstate 75 shut down, and mandatory evacuations were ordered. Florida wildfires occur due to various reasons. Human intent is one of the main reasons, but dry weather and lightning strikes are also common fire starters. …

Alabama Gains Its Own Pomegranate Association

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

The pomegranate industry in Alabama is working to strengthen its numbers by incorporating a statewide association. Shane Jennings founded the Alabama Pomegranate Association to help educate, raise awareness, and inspire Alabamians to get involved in the growing industry. The association was formed in 2016 and held its first annual member meeting in October. Attendance showed a significant interest in Alabama …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Research, Top Posts

Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …

The Next Farm Bill: Specialty Crops

Josh McGill Industry News Release

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Ranking Member Michelle Lujan Grisham “Thank you Chairman Davis, and I add my welcome to each of our panelists for being here today. Your willingness to participate in today’s hearing is particularly appreciated given the nearly continuous cycle of planting and harvesting in the specialty crops sector. “I would …