New Year’s Resolution: Learn About Hydroponics and Protected Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

With the new year here, the Small Farms Academy has already planned several great events for its “Hydroponic and Protected Ag” series. The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program. The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on …

Asian Greens Gaining Ground

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Vegetables

Asian greens seem to be gaining more and more popularity in the market. Traditionally being sold in full-size bunches to use in stir-fries and soups in the East, now they are being prepared in all sorts of salads in the United States because of their unique coloring and textures. There are a variety of colors, flavors and textures of Asian …

Feeding America Tampa Bay Joins Ag Institute of Florida

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The annual meeting of the Agriculture (Ag) Institute of Florida was held on November 11 at Feeding America Tampa Bay, which is one of the newest members of the institute. The event encouraged members to mix and mingle with agriculture industry communicators representing associations, businesses and institutions, while also giving back to the community. Attendees toured Feeding America Tampa Bay’s …

Fun, Exciting, Healthy: Sweet Potatoes

Abbey Taylor Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables

Healthy, new, fresh, easy and fun to prepare. These are just a few of the marketing buzzwords associated with sweet potatoes. Jason Tucker, president of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council, spoke about issues affecting potato growers. He says today’s consumer is looking for an appealing potato that is aesthetically pleasing in color, texture and sweetness. “Fresh” is the main idea …

Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour Registration Open

Abbey Taylor Horticulture, Top Posts, Vegetables

The 28th annual Florida Post-Harvest Horticulture Tour will take place March 6–10, 2017. The University of Florida (UF) post-harvest program is designed for produce industry professionals, researchers and students involved in all aspects of the produce industry from field to retail. “We are interested in how fresh quality is maintained from the point of harvest through handling and wholesale- and …

Asian Vegetables Rapidly Emerging in Florida

Josh McGill Top Posts, Vegetables

By Guodong (David) Liu Asian vegetables are crops originating from countries such as China, India and Japan. They are also referred to as “oriental vegetables,” and include bitter melon, long squash, yardlong bean, luffa, Chinese red meat radish and more. These new crops are emerging in Florida. In northeastern Florida, there is a grower producing more than 20 Asian vegetable …

Alternative Crops in Florida: Artichokes

Abbey Taylor Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

From hops to artichokes, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center is researching the realms of possibility for alternative crops in Florida. Alternative crops are under study due to increasing competition in the United States and with other countries, such as Mexico. Many traditional crops like tomatoes and strawberries have had …

Jack Rechcigl Discusses The 2016 Florida Ag Expo

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Ag Expo was held today at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Over 1,000 attendees consisting of fruit and vegetable growers, vendors and industry professionals came to the event to learn from the educational programs and field tours offered. The focus was on providing fruit and vegetable growers …