GFVGA Discusses What’s on its Legislative Plate

Kelsey Fry Legislative, Top Posts

While many Georgia farmers are busy putting in 110 percent work effort during this time of year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is doing its part when it comes to legislative duties. Charles Hall, GFVGA executive director, says the association is addressing issues that will affect Georgia fruit and vegetable growers. The two main topics up for …

Consumers Will Normally Pay More for Organic Products – but Not Wine

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate student Lane Abraben, used an economic …

Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

Josh McGill Pollinators, Top Posts

From the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop’s chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators — even outperforming the respected honey bee. So much so, …

Beware of This Grape Disease

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Top Posts

Pierce’s disease is one of the biggest threats to Georgia’s grape industry. Also known as PD, Pierce’s disease is one of the major limiting factors to growing European grapes in Georgia. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, explained that the disease is caused by a bacterium (Xylellafastidiosa) that is transmitted by sharpshooter insects, including the glassy-winged …

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Applications Being Accepted for FFVA Leadership Program

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Do you know an up-and-coming leader who wants to be more involved in the agriculture industry? He or she may be eligible for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) Emerging Leader Development Program. Launched in 2011, the program identifies and develops leaders to be strong advocates for Florida agriculture. The programming provides a wealth of information on the many …

Food Entrepreneur Conference is April 26-27 in Auburn

Kelsey Fry Top Posts

Seven years after her now-signature vinaigrette hit store shelves, Tiffany Denson of T’Lish Foods™ will join other successful business people speaking at the fifth annual Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn April 26-27. Hosted by the Auburn University Food Systems Institute in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Food Entrepreneur Conference offers aspiring and current small food entrepreneurs practical …

Senate Signs Off on Negron Water Plan

Josh McGill Legislative, Top Posts

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Plans for a $1.5 billion reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, questioned by sugar farmers and House leaders, received overwhelming Senate approval after nearly three hours of discussion and debate Wednesday. A priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill (SB 10) seeks to lessen the recurrence of toxic green algae harming …