UF/IFAS Helps Local Farmers Break into the Local Food Movement

Josh McGill Uncategorized

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to defining “local” food, things are hardly black and white. Instead, consumers perceive degrees of localness rather than firm local and non-local divisions, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found. Now researchers are using these findings to help Florida farmers effectively market their produce to Floridians. “There is no …

Pomegranate: The Super Fruit

Kelsey Fry Uncategorized

Many people don’t realize how useful the parts of a pomegranate can be. Cindy Weinstein, the president of the Florida Pomegranate Association, says that marketing efforts are being made in order to let consumers know of the beneficial uses that pomegranates offer to multiple fields. Weinstein says that pomegranate antioxidant research is happening to put pomegranates in the medical and …

Sterile Insect Release Facility Gets Upgrade

Kelsey Fry Uncategorized

 John D. Renshaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sterile insect technology director, says that the USDA Sterile Insect Release Facility is one of the department’s best-kept secrets. And since there are only 50 similar facilities worldwide, many might agree with him. The sterile insect program in Sarasota, Florida, has been sterilizing male Mediterranean fruit flies (medflies) from its facility on …

Celtuce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Uncategorized, Vegetables

What do you get when you cross celery and lettuce? Celtuce, of course. Cathy Isom tells you about a leafy vegetable that will have you doing a double-take.   Meet The Vegetable: Celtuce, a Mutant and Delicious Lettuce By Dan Nosowitz Ever shopped at a Chinese market and seen a strange, rough-skinned root-looking vegetable with a few weak leaves of …

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment

Josh McGill Uncategorized

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees From the Environmental Protection Agency: WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some

PMA Fresh Summit 2015

Josh McGill Uncategorized, Video

We sat down with President of the Produce Marketing Association Cathy Burns to talk about this year’s Fresh Summit and the future of PMA. Click here for more news on the Produce Marketing Association.