Florida-grown olive oil potential is limitless

Oct 01, 17 Florida-grown olive oil potential is limitless

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By Vicky Boyd With the United States producing only a fraction of the total olive oil consumed nationally each year, the potential for Florida-grown olive oil is nearly limitless. “We consume about 80 million gallons of olive oil a year, and we (the United States) produce maybe 3 to 4 percent of that,” said Michael O’Hara...

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Produce industry trends – 2017 and beyond

By Doug Ohlemeier Consumers – particularly millennials – are requesting more convenient and healthier foods, which is changing how produce is sold in stores and offered in restaurants. Millennials – those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium – are influencing produce purchases and...

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Research key to pomegranate success

Oct 01, 17 Research key to pomegranate success

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By Vicky Boyd Florida’s fledgling pomegranate industry will continue to sprout, growers and researchers say, although work remains to be done in managing the diseases that plague pomegranate trees. After 10 years of conducting trials into suitable varieties and related cultural practices, Bill Castle remains optimistic, and...

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UF researchers to use $2.7 million grant to help stop influenza

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans. Although “natural killer T” –...

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Code breakers unlock pearl millet’s heat tolerance to fight climate chaos

By Merritt Melancon A global team of 65 scientists, including nine from the University of Georgia, have decoded some of the secrets to the crop’s coping strategies. The newly sequenced and decoded pearl millet genome, published Sept. 18 in the journal Nature Biotechnology, will help crop breeders create more drought-tolerant...

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Sod field day set for Oct. 31, Nov. 1 in Ft. Valley and Perry

By Sharon Dowdy Georgia turfgrass producers and industry leaders will gather Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Ft. Valley, Georgia, for the annual Georgia Sod and Turf Producers Field Day. Industry leaders and university experts will provide updates on turfgrass-related topics, and the latest equipment will be displayed...

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UGA study to focus on the long-term economic sustainability of the Upper Floridan Aquifer

Oct 01, 17 UGA study to focus on the long-term economic sustainability of the Upper Floridan Aquifer

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By Sandi Martin As concerns grow over the ability of the Upper Floridan Aquifer to keep up with demands for water from residents, farms and forests, four universities are teaming up to look at the economic sustainability of agriculture and forestry in north Florida and south Georgia that rely on this water supply. The Upper Floridan...

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Irma destroys an estimated 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan crop

Oct 01, 17 Irma destroys an estimated 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan crop

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Scientific Studies

By Clint Thompson Irma’s destructive path blew through Georgia’s pecan crop, but the destruction could have been much worse, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells. All orchards experienced some damage from the storm that moved through Georgia on Monday, Sept. 11. Nuts were blown...

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Fall in love with ‘Patti Faye,’ the most exquisite deodar cedar

Oct 01, 17 Fall in love with ‘Patti Faye,’ the most exquisite deodar cedar

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By Norman Winter Just over four years ago, I wrote an article titled “Deodar Cedar, simply unbeatable in the winter landscape.” That still holds true, but I would like to suggest a new title: “‘Patti Faye’ deodar cedar, simply unbeatable in the landscape.” Every day, as I come into the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at...

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Broccoli That Can Take the Heat

By Sharon Durham, ARS Office of Communications. Broccoli is becoming more popular with the American consumer, providing plenty of nutrients in the diet. But it isn’t easy getting this cool-weather vegetable to your table. Broccoli producers face many factors that impede getting their crop to market—including unexpected...

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Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Surveys Citrus Groves Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Oct 01, 17 Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Surveys Citrus Groves Damaged by Hurricane Irma

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam took an aerial tour to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central and Southwest Florida. Commissioner Putnam said, “It’s still too early to know the full...

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Giant Milkweed: Consider the Possibilities

Oct 01, 17 Giant Milkweed: Consider the Possibilities

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By Norman Winter The phone rang, and I heard a gardener in tearful hysteria pleading for me to take her monarch caterpillars because she was totally out of milkweed leaves. At the time, we had quite a few plants representing several species, both native and imports. I was shocked, however, when she brought me a box with 100-plus...

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Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Sep 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Sends 40 Additional Firefighters to Help Combat Western Blazes

Posted by in Celebration, Health & Farming, Land Care

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service deployed 40 additional firefighters this morning to assist...

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No flowers? No problem. UF study shows bees have other ways of finding sugar

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s a bee to do when there are very few flowers available and it needs a sugar fix? Wild bees may be responding to climate change and urban expansion by relying on insects to get the sweet stuff, according to a study by Joan Meiners, a Ph.D. student in the University of Florida...

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Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Sep 01, 17 Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

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By Dennis Hancock A two-day Advanced Grazing School, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists Sept. 19-20, will provide a deeper understanding of grazing systems to those in attendance. The first day will focus on low-cost fencing and portable watering systems. On the second day of the program, specialists...

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Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

Sep 01, 17 Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine mom and dad already have five children and are too busy, or lack the financial resources to raise more children. Sometimes, older siblings must assume some parental duties. That’s also what happens with some subterranean termites, and it results in...

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New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

Sep 01, 17 New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

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By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Some types of Salmonella cause disease in food animals. Other types cause foodborne disease in humans. A new vaccine developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, Iowa, protects pigs against both types of Salmonella. Several Salmonella vaccines are currently...

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HEAD FOR THE HILLS

Sep 01, 17 HEAD FOR THE HILLS

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By: WARREN RESEN – North American Travel Journalist Association These words, in their broadest sense, have been used for eons as a call for escape.  They have also been used as a seasonal cry by generations of those living in the hot, humid lowlands south of the Western North Carolina mountains when oppressive summer temperatures...

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New UGA faculty get hands-on lessons in agriculture on annual New Faculty Tour

By Clint Thompson Agriculture — Georgia’s top industry — was featured prominently this week at stops on the University of Georgia Griffin and Tifton campuses during the university’s annual New Faculty Tour. The tour, which introduces new UGA faculty members to economic mainstays throughout the state during a five-day trip,...

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August Fishing Forecast

Sep 01, 17 August Fishing Forecast

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By: Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 Co-host “Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show” Hello Friends, I sure hope everyone is having a fantastic Summer and getting that coppertone tan. Fishing in July was pretty good for the most part and seemed to be better when I had a boat with kids on it. There seemed to be more junior anglers...

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