Wrap-Up of the 2017 Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Annual Supper

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Members of the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) met on February 7 for the 2017 GAC Membership Supper and Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The dinner was preceded by a reception for members to mingle. The speakers during the dinner included: GAC Chairman Jimmy Champion, GAC President Bryan Tolar and keynote speaker Wesley Langdale. Langdale spoke about furthering the agricultural education of …

How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

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Feb. 9, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu Source: Vance Whitaker, 813-633-4136, vwhitaker@ufl.edu   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine’s Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That’s what you’ll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. The …

Georgia Ag Commissioner Discusses Citrus, School Nutrition, Onions

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  “Man, what a great opportunity,” said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black in regards to the 2017 Georgia Agribusiness Council’s State Legislative Breakfast that was held just steps from the Capitol building in Atlanta. Black  was just one of several elected officials in attendance. Others included: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee …

Children Experience Agriculture Through Destination Ag

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Wesley Langdale, chairman of the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation, recently spoke about a children’s program called Destination Ag. The Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation is working with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to create this program for pre-k through fifth-grade students. The program aims to show kids the basics of agriculture and the benefits of choosing agriculture as a career. The …

University of Georgia’s Avalon Pecan

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The University of Georgia has been working on a new pecan variety called Avalon. It has been approved for sale and is currently growing in four nurseries in Georgia. Patrick Conner, a University of Georgia professor, highly recommends production of Avalon. The Avalon variety was created in 2000 by cross-breeding two scab-resistant varieties, Gloria Grande and Barton. Avalon was the …

Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

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Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare a crop to be sold. …

Congressman Gaetz; Why Abolish the EPA

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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill on February 3 proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Gaetz served in …

Register Now for the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

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The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training is February 7 at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Suwannee County Extension office in Live Oak. Jill Dunlop with the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), a grower trade association, handles the food safety and sustainability education and outreach program. She says the FFVA is partnering with University of …