PMA, United Fresh Establish Joint Working Group on Listeria Monocytogenes

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Vegetables

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 …

Pomegranates in Florida — Really?

Josh McGill Top Posts

By Bill Castle and Emory McTeer Yes really! Investigating the potential of pomegranates as a commercial crop in Florida started in 2008 at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center (UF/CREC). At the time, greening disease was well estab-lished in the citrus industry. Interest in alternative crops was high. Pomegranate was identified as a crop worth exploring partly …

Hops Research Among UF/IFAS Winners at National Horticultural Science Awards

Kelsey Fry Horticulture, Top Posts

Hops research by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers is gaining national scientific recognition in addition to media attention. Three UF/IFAS scientists are not only trying to see if hops will grow in Florida’s hot, humid climate, but they also want to know whether they can quench the thirst of the fast-growing micro-brewing industry. Brian Pearson, …

Researchers Scramble to Find Cure for Tenacious, Costly Sugarcane Virus

Kelsey Fry Uncategorized

From UF/IFAS Communications Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are working to find a cure or develop resistant varieties for a virus that is attacking sugarcane and sorghum throughout the Everglades agricultural region. Florida produces more than 50 percent of all sugarcane in the United States, making it the largest producer in the …

UF/IFAS Extension Team Wins National Award for Water Sustainability Program

Kelsey Fry Research

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) has recognized Mace Bauer, agriculture agent with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Columbia County, for excellence in sustainability education aimed at young, beginning or small-scale producers. Bauer and a team of UF/IFAS Extension faculty received this national award, sponsored by Farm Credit, for the annual Drip Irrigation …

UF/IFAS Scientists Find Top 10 Muscadine Grape Varieties For Health, Taste, Smell

Kelsey Fry Research

You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are rich in antioxidants …

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South Florida Farmers Continue Everglades Restoration Success

Kelsey Fry Water

Everglades Agricultural Area farmers are marking another year of their successful track record in Everglades restoration by sending clean water into the system. During a year of El Nino rainfall – at times more than 350 percent above average – EAA producers’ Best Management Practices reduced phosphorus in the water leaving their farms by 27 percent. The November-through-January dry season …

UF/IFAS Research Findings Could Eventually Save $30 million Annually for Strawberry Growers

Kelsey Fry Berries, Research

  Strawberry growers may eventually save $30 million a year with genetic findings from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) study. UF/IFAS researchers are looking for ways to thwart angular leaf spot, a pathogen that can destroy up to 10 percent of Florida’s $300 million-a-year strawberry crop in years with multiple freezes. In the research, …