New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

Jan 02, 17 New, Easy-to-Harvest Raisin Grape Reduces Production Cost

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By Dennis O’Brien A new raisin grape developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California is proving to be very popular among producers because it costs less to harvest. With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that...

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State Preserves More Than 2,300 Acres of 160-Year-Old Ranch in Putnam County

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of 2,306 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural land on the Clay Ranch in Putnam County, while allowing the land and agriculture operations...

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Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

Jan 02, 17 Wild horse overpopulation is causing environmental damage

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by University of California – Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Most Americans envision healthy mustangs galloping free on the range when they think about the country’s wild horse population. But UC Cooperative Extension rangeland advisor Laura Snell sees another image. In conducting research on the...

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2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Jan 02, 17 2016’s Top 10 UF/IFAS Extension publications cover snakes, avocados, vegetable gardening, more

Posted by in Land Care, Scientific Studies

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vegetable gardening, bahia grass, living with snakes and identifying poisonous plants. These are the topics for some of the top University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension documents from 2016. Here’s this year’s list of the top 10...

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Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

Jan 02, 17 Scientists crack genetic code determining leaf shape in cotton

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by North Carolina State University Researchers know that the variation in leaf shapes can mean big differences in a farmer’s bottom line. Now, a new discovery gives plant breeders key genetic information they need to develop crop varieties that make the most of these leaf-shape differences. In a paper published Dec. 20 in the...

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Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

Jan 02, 17 Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

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Written by Vicky L. Sutton-Jackson. by University of Georgia.  Researchers from the University of Georgia have found that invasive species on Hawaii Island, or the Big Island of Hawaii, may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and after death, a nutrient resource for...

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GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES

Jan 02, 17 GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES

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WARREN RESEN –North American Travel Journalist Assn.                   Photos courtesy – Jekyll Island Hotel Club Most travelers on I-95 in southeastern Georgia probably zip by the Brunswick interchange (EXIT 36) barely pausing to give thought to the signs announcing Georgia’s Golden Isles. What’s so...

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New Process Quickly Analyzes Acrylamide in French Fries

By Sandra Avant Atechnique called “near-infrared spectroscopy” (NIRS) can rapidly estimate the amount of acrylamide in white-potato French fries, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their North Carolina State University collaborators. Acrylamide is a potentially toxic compound that forms...

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New Year Starts Off With Some Great Fishing!!!

Jan 02, 17 New Year Starts Off With Some Great Fishing!!!

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Article from JAson Prieto 2016 has come and gone and with that brought some great fishing and a very mild wet year. It brought us a ton of summer showers and kept us warm while everyone else across the United States got freezing weather and tons of snow. It’s reminding us why we live in Florida. It was a great year but as we enter...

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New barracuda size limits for south Florida effective Jan. 1

Jan 02, 17 New barracuda size limits for south Florida effective Jan. 1

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Starting Jan. 1, new recreational and commercial size limits for barracuda will be effective in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only. These changes were adopted at the Florida Fish and Wildlife...

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FWC awards $825,000 to local governments to reduce human-bear conflicts

Jan 02, 17 FWC awards $825,000 to local governments to reduce human-bear conflicts

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Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 Twelve counties to receive funding aimed to curb human-bear conflicts The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced which local governments will be awarded a share of the $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding. This funding aims to reduce the number of...

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Berry wine, minus the alcohol, may offer help for those with diabetes

by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Blueberries, and berries in general, are among foods labeled as “diabetes superfoods” by the American Association of Diabetes. Food science researchers at the University of Illinois have found that fermenting berries may improve their...

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Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

Jan 02, 17 Migratory Mites Threaten Bee Hives

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By Jan Suszkiw Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tracking a honey bee killer, and their investigations have taken them from hives in Tucson, Arizona, to Bismarck, North Dakota. Led by ARS entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the team is staking out hive entrances and monitoring the comings and goings of foraging...

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UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension Desoto County combines library and agriculture to draw youth to 4-H

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu ARCADIA, Fla. — Families in Desoto County who visit their local library could walk away as gardeners and healthier eaters. That’s because the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Desoto County has implemented a program that creates a...

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Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

Nov 30, 16 Feeding the world: UGA geneticist enhancing sorghum’s drought resiliency

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By Allison Floyd  When University of Georgia plant geneticist Andrew Paterson started to look for lines of sorghum that might survive in some of the most parched places in the world, he didn’t plant trials in the desert. He started out by researching which plants could survive a winter in Georgia. “We don’t see a lot of...

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Commissioner Putnam Highlights Services Available to Veterans and Military Members

Nov 30, 16 Commissioner Putnam Highlights Services Available to Veterans and Military Members

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Leading up to Veterans Day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is highlighting the services that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides to the state’s more than 1.6...

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Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve in Operation and Open to Public

Nov 30, 16 Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve in Operation and Open to Public

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County begins a new chapter in its rich history as it becomes the largest state-owned working cattle ranch to be managed by a private cattle company while expanding public recreational opportunities, including: hiking, biking, horseback riding and ranch tours. When Babcock...

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Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Nov 30, 16 Solar panels help poultry farmers to conserve energy

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

By Kyle Dawson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension poultry scientist Claudia Dunkley believes solar panels are a way to help poultry farmers become more energy-efficient. “Since the bounceback from the economic downturn, poultry production has been steadily on the rise,” Dunkley said. “As a part of our greenhouse gas...

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FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

Nov 30, 16 FWC gives preliminary approval to changes in Collier County manatee zones

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November Commission meeting gave staff approval to publish proposed revisions to the Collier County manatee protection zones. Final approval of the Collier County manatee zone changes will go...

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105 years in the making – New Orleans comes to South Florida Fair

Nov 30, 16 105 years in the making – New Orleans comes to South Florida Fair

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Warren Resen – North American Travel Journalists Association West Palm Beach, Fla. –– The South Florida Fair is bringing  its own version of Mardi Gras to life — complete with elaborate floats, daily parades, colorful bead toss, and Louisiana-style entertainment and food — as it carries out a spectacular New Orleans theme...

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