An Organic Approach to Better Bug Control

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Pests, Top Posts

Reese Haley, the owner of Morning Bell Farms, has implemented an organic approach to better control bugs from invading his blueberry crops. The strategy involves making a wine from culled blueberries and sugar that sits in a container for seven to 14 days. When the wine is ready, Haley says it should be like gel. The wine is then poured …

Florida 4-H Annual Meeting Celebrates Successes, Looks to the Future

Josh McGill Top Posts, Uncategorized

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu Source: Chris DeCubellis, 352-846-4444, cdecube@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida 4-H agents spend their careers helping young people learn life skills that put them on the path to becoming successful adults. However, these dedicated professionals also know that learning is a lifelong process. At the 2017 4-H Youth Development Institute, Florida 4-H faculty and staff from …

Labor Tops Peach Industry Issues

Kelsey Fry Labor, Peaches, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, managing director for the National Peach Council, addressed the regulatory issues facing the peach industry. The frontrunner was labor. She explained the importance of labor in the peach industry and the legal struggle to have guest workers present in the field. “Labor is critical to all of us in …

USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. “These grants will continue USDA’s support for the local food sector as an important strategy for keeping wealth in …

Georgia Agribusiness Council Welcomes a New Board Member

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Georgia native Hunter Loggins is the newest board member of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He has been appointed the position for public affairs and education manager. Loggins has a background in the legislative arena and believes his experience in the Capitol will help him be an asset to the council. Loggins says he is going to focus on the ag …

UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Top Posts, Uncategorized, Vegetables

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 — Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan Zhang, a UF/IFAS plant pathology associate professor, were …

Underway: The 66th Annual Georgia Plant Food Educational Society Winter Meeting and Tradeshow

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The 66th annual meeting of the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society Winter Meeting and Tradeshow is underway this week in Tifton, Georgia. The Tuesday and Wednesday Georgia Plant Food Educational Society event for crop advisors and producers continues to expand its program efforts and vendor trade show, taking place at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center for the sixth …

Silviculture Best Management Practices

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Notice of Intent Enrollment Grows to Over 5 Million Acres Florida has over 17 million acres of forests. Seventy-one percent of those acres are privately owned; the rest are owned by the public (29 percent) and forest industry (6 percent). These “Working Forests” are managed to produce a variety of wood and wood fiber products. In addition, these forests also …