UF Scientists Make Big Stride Toward Greening-Resistant Citrus Trees

Clint Thompson Citrus, Florida, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224, bradbuck@ufl.edu University of Florida scientists achieved a major milestone in their quest to develop a citrus greening-resistant tree by sequencing the genome of a fruit plant that’s a close cousin to citrus trees. You’d need to print 54,000 pages of copy paper to see the complete genome sequence. But within it, scientists believe they’ve found genes …

Florida Hops Show Potential

Ashley Robinson Florida, Hops, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Shinsuke Agehara Craft beer brewed with Florida hops sounds very attractive. But can hops be grown in Florida? Will the crop produce high yields? The most important question is: Will it be profitable? There are lots of rumors, myths and hype about growing hops in the Sunshine State. That’s probably because hops have never been grown commercially in Florida …

Jamie Ellis, Director of UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab, Wins National Excellence in Extension Award

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

By: Samantha Murray, grenrosa@ufl.edu, 949-735-1076 Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced that Jamie Ellis of the University of Florida will receive the 2020 Excellence in Extension Award. USDA-NIFA and Cooperative Extension have sponsored …

Building Better Soil

Ashley Robinson Florida, Organic, Soil, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Tiffany Bailey and Ida Vandamme It was about 18 months ago when we began planning our first crop to be planted on our newly certified organic field at Honeyside Farms in Parrish, Florida. The field was previously used for pastureland. It was easy to see that we would be starting from a soil structure that is common in our …

Treadwell Farms Partners with Largest Independent Pharmacy in Lake County with CBD Hemp Extract Products

Clint Thompson Florida, Hemp, Top Posts

UMATILLA, Fla. (October 5, 2020) – Treadwell Farms, a Florida family hemp company, has announced its hemp CBD extract product line can now be purchased in Bay and Lake Pharmacy, a 58-year family-owned independent pharmacy in Eustis, Fla. This marks the company’s first pharmacy partnership, which is offering the 1200mg bottles of the Treadwell Farms Essential Blend Hemp CBD Extract …

Establishing an Olive Industry in Florida

Ashley Robinson Florida, Olives, Research, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Michael O’Hara Garcia With weather and soils similar to the Mediterranean Basin, olives grow in Florida and throughout much of the southeastern United States. Currently, Florida has approximately 800 acres of olives under active cultivation by 60 to 80 individual farmers in 20 counties. The groves range from backyard hobby plots with several trees to high-density commercial operations of …

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Water War Arguments to be Held ‘In Due Course’

Dan Cooper Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday indicated it will hear oral arguments in the long-running water battle between Florida and Georgia but did not specify when. The court issued an order that said the dispute is “set for oral argument in due course.” The case involves divvying up water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, which stretches from northern Georgia to …

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Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Names New Board Chair, Vice Chair

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

MAITLAND, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2020) – The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has named Aaron Troyer, president of Troyer Brothers in Fort Myers, as its chair for 2020-22. David Hill, president of Southern Hill Farms in Clermont, was named vice chair. In addition, FFVA members voted to appoint three new directors to the board: Jon Esformes of Pacific Tomato Growers, Chris …