UF/IFAS Research Findings Could Eventually Save $30 million Annually for Strawberry Growers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research

  Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry crop in years with multiple freezes. In the research, …

Web Tool Saves Money For Strawberry Growers in Several States

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research

    A UF/IFAS-developed web tool – which has been shown to save Florida strawberry growers $1.7 million a year – is now being used in several other states, including Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and California. Florida’s strawberry crop is worth $300 million a year. It’s also important to the national economy. For example, in 2014, the United States produced …

El Niño Impact on Blueberry Crop

Kelsey Fry Berries

This year’s Florida blueberry season had a unique challenge to overcome. The unusually warm winter combined with an El Niño climate phase of cloudy and cool conditions in early spring resulted in harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop hitting its peak approximately three weeks later than normal. Gary England, a multi-county Extension agent, says by the time that Florida growers …

PMA’s Fresh Summit

Josh McGill Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Seeds, Vegetables

Another Record-breaking Year for PMA’s Fresh Summit From the Produce Marketing Association: Atlanta, Ga. — Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Expo, the annual homecoming of the fresh produce and floral industry, drew record-breaking attendance from the global supply chain attracting 19,332 attendees from 63 countries, Oct. 23-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In its …

The Final Produce Safety Rule

Josh McGill Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Vegetables

Where to get Information About the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule The new Produce Safety Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act was one of the major topics of discussion at the recent Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia. We caught up with Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology at …