Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

Feb 01, 18 Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

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Media Contact: Lauren McNair • 813-752-9194 berrypr@flstrawberryfestival.com PLANT CITY, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2018) – Ally Elizabeth Burt was crowned queen of the 83rd Florida Strawberry Festival at last night’s annual pageant in Plant City, Fla. Burt was selected from a field of 28 contestants who also voted her Miss Congeniality....

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Very good crop’ of Georgia peanuts expected

Feb 01, 18 Very good crop’ of Georgia peanuts expected

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s dryland peanut crop excelled this year, while irrigated fields lacked in comparison to past years, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. The result is a crop estimated to average 4,400 pounds per acre. This year, Georgia’s peanut crop is the largest in more...

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Florida Farm Bureau Receives Highest Achievement

Feb 01, 18 Florida Farm Bureau Receives Highest Achievement

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By: FFB Florida Farm Bureau received the 2017  Pinnacle Award for outstanding member programs and achievement in 2017. The Pinnacle Award was presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation at its 2018 Annual Convention in Nashville on Jan. 7. This is the fourth time Florida Farm Bureau has received the Pinnacle Award in six...

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UF/IFAS researchers awarded $10.5M to work on citrus greening resistance or tolerance

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With citrus greening devastating Florida’s $8.6 billion-a-year citrus industry, three University of Florida scientists will use $10.52 million in federal grants to study ways to help growers cope with the disease, including research on genetic editing that may...

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Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

Feb 01, 18 Photo Release: Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Opens Second Camp Dedicated to Wounded Veterans

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today opened the second camp dedicated to providing outdoor, recreational opportunities at no cost to wounded veterans who participate in Operation Outdoor Freedom. Peace River Camp, located in...

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A fair fight for Florida farmers

Feb 01, 18 A fair fight for Florida farmers

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By Jack Payne • jackpayne@ufl.edu  On the face of it, it’s not a fair fight. Farming in Florida is hard enough, but then the rules of that fight constantly change. New bugs and diseases raid crops. Volatile markets say plant now while the weather says plant later. Consumers keep changing their minds about what to eat. New plant...

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Three Florida teachers Selected to Compete for National Achievement Award

Feb 01, 18 Three Florida teachers Selected to Compete for National Achievement Award

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By: FFB Three teachers from Florida will travel to Maine to compete for the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2018. A third-grade teacher from Lake County, a high school teacher who teaches horticulture, diversified career technology, animal science and agriculture from Bradford County and a middle school...

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Managing laurel wilt disease in Florida

By: FFVA Although laurel wilt disease continues to fell avocado trees and their wild relatives in the Southeast, a number of Florida growers who have adopted aggressive management programs have reduced avocado tree mortality. The programs, which involve frequent scouting for diseased trees, removing and grinding them as soon as...

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Weed Spotting By Drone

Jan 01, 18 Weed Spotting By Drone

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By J. Kim Kaplan When ARS agricultural engineer Yanbo Huang hears a drone in a field, he is not hearing the droning of bees pollinating plants nor the thrum of a tractor or combine. Huang and his technician Ryan Poe are just out flying their DJI Phantom drones. They are flying the drones—formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles...

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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

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

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

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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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