Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference Coming Soon

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The Panhandle Fruit and Vegetable Conference will take place on October 11 in Marianna, Florida. This is a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team event. The conference is for Florida fruit and vegetable producers and stakeholders of Florida’s local food systems. Jose Perez, small farm Extension coordinator for UF/IFAS, encourages …

2016 FFVA Convention Speakers Address Major Topics

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The 73rd annual Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention is wrapping up another successful year. The convention, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, gathered a crowd of over 400, says Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA. Lochridge says that the goal of this year’s convention, like every other year, is to provide FFVA members with information and …

PMA, United Fresh Establish Joint Working Group on Listeria Monocytogenes

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From the Produce Marketing Association: Washington, D.C. —Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) are collaborating to address produce-specific challenges surrounding Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). While both organizations have been actively working with their respective members on individual projects related to reducing the risk of produce-associated foodborne illnesses from Lm, additional areas exist where a joint effort …

Artichokes Grown in Florida? A UF/IFAS Scientist Thinks So

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While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State, if a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher gets good results from his field trials. Artichokes flourish in a cool environment, so a warm winter might present an obstacle for Florida …

UF/IFAS Researcher: Taller, Thinner Crop Beds Save Money, Water, Other Resources

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    Looking out over thousands of acres of tomatoes, Miguel Talavera, director of East Coast growing operations at Pacific Tomato Grower, Ltd., marvels at the narrow lanes of fruit that are thriving in the hot Florida sun. Talavera credits increase in yield and a decrease in the use of fumigants to a collaboration with researchers and Extension faculty at …

Georgia Grown Moment – Savannah Showcase

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For this week’s Georgia Grown Moment, Tom Neville with Georgia Grown speaks on the exciting activities you can participate in this upcoming Saturday at the 2016 Georgia Grown Showcase near Savannah, Georgia. The year’s Showcase will take place Saturday, June 25th from 10am to 3pm at the new Tanger Outlet Mall in Pooler, Ga. For more information, visit

Vegetables Being Grown on Old Citrus Land

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Doug Bournique, executive director of the Indian River Citrus League, says that for about a year now, vegetable growers have been moving in on old citrus land in the northeast corner of Lake Okeechobee. The land has been out of citrus production for many years, but has grown in popularity with California and Midwest vegetable growers. Bournique says it all started …

Whitefly Infestation Only in Palm Beach County – For Now

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From the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: GAINESVILLE, Fla. — People in Palm Beach County can help manage a potential outbreak of the Q-biotype whitefly through early detection and identification of the insect, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. This significant tropical and subtropical pest may threaten Florida crops such …