Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Registration Open

Jaci Schreckengost Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Online registration for the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference has officially opened! The event will be held in Savannah, Georgia, on Jan. 11–14. Samantha Kilgore, director of communications for the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, said the goals of the event are to give fruit and vegetable growers and industry leaders the tools they need to succeed, …

Register Now for the Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center will host a Fruit Crop Management Short Course November 6–7 in Lake Alfred. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences and a citrus Extension specialist, is putting on the event. The course will focus on fruit crops other than citrus, and the audience will …

Commissioner Putnam Estimates $180 Million in Fruit and Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline for policymakers as they create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. …

Growers Come Together at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) 74th Annual Convention took place this week from September 25-27. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA, said the event went very well. Lochridge was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, given the even was following Hurricane Irma. “What we found was that people were ready to get away, come fellowship with each …

Gianna Rivera Wins “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Gianna Rivera of Bloomingdale High School in Hillsborough County is the 2017 “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champion. Rivera competed against four other regional finalists from across the state. Rivera’s winning Citrus Chicken Taco with Watermelon Salsa will be served in a school cafeteria, and the recipes of …

Georgia Peach Brown Rot

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

Brown rot fungus, also known as Monilinia fructicola, can be a peach’s worst nightmare. Generally, the first sign of the disease is in springtime when dying blossoms turn to mush, and a gray, fuzzy spore mass is formed on the branch. Georgia peaches have, luckily, been mainly spared of this disease due to extensive research and experimentation. Phillip Brannen, University …

Georgia Not Overly Concerned About Bacterial Wilt in Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have been conducting research on bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. Phillip Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, is leading the study. According to the UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source, bacterial wilt is a newly discovered disease of …

Consumers Will Normally Pay More for Organic Products – but Not Wine

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate student Lane Abraben, used an economic …