Alabama Initiative Creates a Buzz in the Southeast

Abbey Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

Bees have been heavily researched in the West, but the Southeast is unknown territory to researchers. However, an initiative at Auburn University is working to shine some light on the Southeast and its bee biodiversity. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, described the Southeast as, “a gigantic black hole” in regards to knowledge about bees in …

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Commissioner Putnam Urges Department of Commerce to Investigate Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Trade

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross emphasizing the need for fair trade, as Mexican imports have negatively affected Florida agriculture. He asked the Department of Commerce to initiate an investigation into Mexico’s unfair trade practices. “I believe that Florida produces the highest quality agricultural commodities in the world and …

Overwintering Damages Georgia Peach and Blueberry Crops

Abbey Taylor Berries, Peaches, Top Posts

Georgia peaches and blueberries are starting to show signs of the lack of cold weather this past winter. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, says that rust in peaches and blueberries will be more likely this year. “We just didn’t have enough frost to take off the leaves,” Brannen says. “Leaves on trees and bushes stayed …

UF Study: Family, Friends Are First Source for Food Safety Info

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Top Posts

  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most people who wonder about food safety will ask their family or friends for help, not necessarily experts, according to new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research. On the other hand, those people categorized by UF/IFAS researchers as “seekers” make it a point to go find more …

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening.  After Secretary Perdue took the …

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 …

Labor Issues and Watermelon

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Watermelon

Labor seems to be the biggest issue looming over the watermelon industry. Bob Morrissey, executive director of the National Watermelon Association, hopes that President Trump will continue to uphold his campaign promises on immigration. President Trump has been clear about his stance on immigration throughout his campaign and during his first several months in office. So far, he has focused …