UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

Nov 01, 17 UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

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by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis alluaudi, is native to Madagascar and is...

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Trees can help to conserve energy when planted in urban landscapes

Nov 01, 17 Trees can help to conserve energy when planted in urban landscapes

Posted by in Gardening, Landscaping

By Mary Carol Sheffield Georgia’s Arbor Day comes in February, but fall is the ideal time of year to plant a new tree in your landscape. Trees planted now will have time to produce new roots before they have to supply water to lots of thirsty leaves next spring. Planting now means the tree will require less maintenance when spring...

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From farm fields to flight paths: Researchers working to turn a novel oilseed crop into jet fuel

Nov 01, 17 From farm fields to flight paths: Researchers working to turn a novel oilseed crop into jet fuel

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

By Merritt Melancon Researchers have produced biofuels from corn, switchgrass and even algae, but researchers at the University of Georgia will soon study a new source of renewable biofuels: the lesser-known crop of carinata, also known as “Ethiopian mustard.” Through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of...

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Blackberries spelling year-round success for Wish Farms

Nov 01, 17 Blackberries spelling year-round success for Wish Farms

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

In October, FFVA producer member Wish Farms announced it was expanding its year-round offerings of strawberries and blueberries to include blackberries. How’s it going? Very well, thank you. The Plant City-based operation founded in 1922 decided to get into the blackberry business at the request of its customers. “Since they buy...

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Investment in ELDP brings significant returns

By Travis Kuhn, Spring Valley Farms There are a lot of things to be learned in a classroom, but there is no substitute for experience. I am thankful to FFVA for the ELDP program and the opportunity to learn from others. Agriculture is a dynamic industry in every way. This program provided amazing insight into how it’s changing...

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Alan Chambers impacts Miami

Nov 01, 17 Alan Chambers impacts Miami

Posted by in Celebration, Featured Stories

By Jack Payne Alan Chambers moved to South Florida last year to create only-in-Miami food. He wants to give you a sweeter papaya with an aroma you can pick up from five feet away. He hopes to eventually offer you a mango with smoother flesh (not the kind with the stringy yellow stuff inside). He’s looking for an avocado that grows...

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Florida Homeowners Asked to Help with Citrus Crop

by: Veronica Carter GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and some ornamental...

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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s 17 Million Acres of Forests During Working Forests Week

Nov 01, 17 Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s 17 Million Acres of Forests During Working Forests Week

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are celebrating the benefits of Florida’s more than 17 million acres of forests during Florida’s third annual Working Forests Week,...

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Climate Change: Is Florida a “State of Denial?”

Nov 01, 17 Climate Change: Is Florida a “State of Denial?”

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By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida cities wrestle with how to haul out millions of tons of post-hurricane debris and where to put it, the environmental community is asking whether the storms could mark a turning point in the state’s reputation for minimizing the issue of climate change. Despite Florida’s...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, the...

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UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

Nov 01, 17 UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida in early September, she threatened to starve thousands of dairy cows by delaying the “grain train” – two dozen freight cars of feed commodities bound for the Lake Okeechobee area. The crisis was...

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UF scientists act as plant detectives to identify disease

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control. Most recently, scientists...

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More Than 2,500 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Okeechobee Ranch Preserved

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today approved the preservation of 2,523 acres of environmentally sensitive land within Corona Ranch in Okeechobee County through cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future...

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Results Released on Market Cow and Bull Audit

Nov 01, 17 Results Released on Market Cow and Bull Audit

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by Melissa Jackson Newly released audit data about market cows and bulls suggests the industy has made significant improvements in several areas, including: herd management techniques, animal welfare and handling, hide damage, injection-site location and bruises. In all cattle types surveyed, the vast majority of cattle walked...

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Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band Headlining the Downtown Blues Concert

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The soulful sound of blues will usher in the Downtown Festival & Art Show weekend Friday, Nov. 10 with a free Downtown Blues Concert on the Bo Diddley Plaza from 7-10 p.m.  The North Central Florida Blues Society is pleased to announce an evening under the stars featuring three incredible blues...

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Mark Wilson Named 2017 Florida Farmer of the Year

Nov 01, 17 Mark Wilson Named 2017 Florida Farmer of the Year

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that Mark Wilson of Greendale Nursery in Homestead, Florida, was recognized as the 2017 Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Florida Farmer of the Year....

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A post-Irma look at the state’s agricultural sector

By: FFVA It will take time, but Florida’s agriculture sector will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. State Rep. Jake Raburn (R-Lithia) delivered that assessment in his “State of the Industry” remarks during the opening luncheon for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s 74th annual convention in Amelia...

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A Big Step towards Reducing Strep in Farm-Raised Tilapia

Nov 01, 17 A Big Step towards Reducing Strep in Farm-Raised Tilapia

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By: Sandra Avant The United States annually imports nearly $1 billion worth of tilapia while producing another 30 million pounds ourselves. This makes tilapia the U.S.’s fourth most consumed fish. Worldwide, farmed-raised tilapia is nearly an $8 billion yearly industry. Those same tilapia farmers lose about $1 billion annually due...

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Coalition Takes Fears of NAFTA Termination to Congress

By: ThePigSite News Desk A US Coalition of coalition of business and agricultural organizations has taken its message of the value of NAFTA to Congress, Bruce Cochrane reports. An ad hoc coalition, who’s membership includes the National Pork Producers Council, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the...

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Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

Nov 01, 17 Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

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By Dario Chavez Farmers aren’t the only ones busy working in their fields to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irma. As the University of Georgia’s peach specialist based on the UGA Griffin campus, my team and I have been busy trying to save young trees in our 3-year-old research orchard. Irma passed through Georgia with strong,...

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