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

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

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

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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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

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

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?

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

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’

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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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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See science in action as UF/IFAS celebrates 100 years of Citrus REC

by bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences. Scientists can describe...

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UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells optimistic about crop yields

Dec 01, 17 UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells optimistic about crop yields

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By Clint Thompson Tropical Storm Irma broke pecan tree limbs, knocked trees down and blew nuts off the trees and out of their shucks when it moved through Georgia in early September, yet University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells is still optimistic about this year’s crop. He estimates yields ranging...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Dec 01, 17 Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of...

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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

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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

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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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