UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

Jan 01, 18 UF/IFAS report: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

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by Tom Nordlie  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries provided $132.04 billion in...

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“Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

Jan 01, 18 “Natural” In Food Labels Costs Consumers

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By: FFB Consumers consistently misinterpret the word “natural” when it is included in the labels for meat products, according to Arizona State University researchers. In a study of beef-eating consumers, the investigators also found that people are willing to pay an additional $1.26 per pound for products if they have such...

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Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Jan 01, 18 Excerpts from Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today delivered remarks at the Rural Economic Development Summit in St. Augustine. The following are excerpts from his remarks: “The goal of rural economic development is not to turn our rural...

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National Pork Producers Council announces support for Farmers for Free Trade

As reported by Farmers for Free Trade US pork producers’ voice on policy and advocacy joins growing bipartisan effort to rebuild grassroots support for trade policies that benefit farmers and ranchers. Washington DC – This week the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the global voice for the US pork industry and leader on...

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UF web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season....

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UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

Jan 01, 18 UGA Extension studying effect of PlantTape technology on planting onions

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By Clint Thompson As Georgia Vidalia onion producers plant next year’s crop, they are transplanting the onions, or physically placing the plants into a hole dug in the ground. Farmers may soon be using a new method that literally rolls the plants into the soil. PlantTape technology could make planting by hand a thing of the past,...

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Georgia Ag Forecast set to hit the state Jan. 30 through Feb. 7

Jan 01, 18 Georgia Ag Forecast set to hit the state Jan. 30 through Feb. 7

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By Merritt Melancon The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 7 at six sites across the state. University of Georgia agricultural economists will present insights into the latest market and regulatory conditions for the state’s largest industry — agriculture. Hosted by the UGA College of...

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A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

Jan 01, 18 A new record: Challenge raises more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for the hungry

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Spread the cheer and the protein! Some families will get more healthy food to eat, now that Florida Panhandle residents donated a record of more than 20,000 pounds of peanut butter for this year’s UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, organizers said. Combine...

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Historic Days and Medieval Knights

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Experience a world of medieval magic, where jousting knights, dancing gypsies and historic heroes mingle with visitors at the 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. For two consecutive weekends, on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, the Alachua County Fairgrounds...

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UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

Jan 01, 18 UF assistant professor wins national agronomy award for innovative sugarcane research

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by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida plant scientist, who has created varieties of sugarcane that are grown across more than 90 percent of Florida and in several Central American countries, has been given a national award for his innovative work. The American Society of Agronomy has awarded the...

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Algal feed firm eyes up US oyster opportunities

Jan 01, 18 Algal feed firm eyes up US oyster opportunities

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By: Rob Fletcher TomAlgae, the feed firm specialising in the production of freeze-dried algae to be used as feed in shrimp and oyster hatcheries, is looking to crack the North American oyster market. The US produces 140,000 tonnes of oysters a year, making it the world’s third largest producer of the bivalves – just behind...

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NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Dec 01, 17 NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

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By: FFVA For two decades, Mexico has benefited from unfair trade practices while Florida farmers have suffered significant loss of market share.  Now with NAFTA negotiations under way with Canada and Mexico, Florida fruit and vegetable growers have a chance for getting some relief. “Our seasonal growing industries have suffered...

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Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

Dec 01, 17 Palmetto’s Christmas in the Park

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For More Information:  Diane Ingram, 721-2034 Start your holiday festivities with a “Green Christmas” at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3:00 – 8:00 pm. This free event offers something for everyone: creative recycled Christmas ornaments on trees, kids’ crafts...

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UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

Dec 01, 17 UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

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By Julie Jernigan University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman has studied the viability of truffles in the state’s pecan orchards for years. This winter, he will advance his research by introducing the European variety of truffles to Georgia pecan trees. “With collaborative researchers in Florida and Michigan, we are...

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Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Dec 01, 17 Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

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By: Cyril Gay Influenza is a common disease in humans and animals—mainly poultry, pigs, horses, and wild birds. The economic impact of animal influenza viruses on agriculture can be substantial, especially in the poultry industry, where millions of birds have been eradicated worldwide in disease-control efforts. There is also an...

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Alan Jones: ‘Protect the environment, provide safe local food’

Dec 01, 17 Alan Jones: ‘Protect the environment, provide safe local food’

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Mick Lochridge Alan Jones knows hard work pays off.  From a high school teenager helping on his family’s farm to running a successful agriculture operation today, he has cultivated a work ethic that has earned high praise from his industry. Recognized for his innovative farming practices to protect Florida’s natural...

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Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to prevent heat-related symptoms among Hispanic farmworkers; research mental,...

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Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

A fter Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth to raise plants and animals. The sites were in shambles, Smith said. In Homestead, fallen trees destroyed...

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4-H entrepreneur raises farm-fresh turkeys for holidays

Dec 01, 17 4-H entrepreneur raises farm-fresh turkeys for holidays

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by Samantha Grenrock When Madison Bennett, 16, had a chance to raise poultry through her county 4-H youth development program, she wanted to think outside of the traditional chicken coop. “I wanted to do something unique, so I decided to start my own business, Turkey Time. Now I raise and sell turkeys for Thanksgiving and the...

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Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety

Dec 01, 17 Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

By:  Jan Suszkiw A new test developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas, could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens. The test identifies roosters whose blood contains naturally high levels of two key chemicals, cytokines and chemokines. These chemicals mobilize the birds’...

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