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

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies, Tech

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

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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Investment in ELDP brings significant returns

By Travis Kuhn, Spring Valley Farms There are a lot of things to be learned in a classroom, but there is no substitute for experience. I am thankful to FFVA for the ELDP program and the opportunity to learn from others. Agriculture is a dynamic industry in every way. This program provided amazing insight into how it’s changing...

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Florida Homeowners Asked to Help with Citrus Crop

by: Veronica Carter GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and some ornamental...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Preliminary Florida Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion. In an initial report released today, the...

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UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

Nov 01, 17 UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida in early September, she threatened to starve thousands of dairy cows by delaying the “grain train” – two dozen freight cars of feed commodities bound for the Lake Okeechobee area. The crisis was...

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UF scientists act as plant detectives to identify disease

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As a University of Florida plant pathologist, Gary Vallad likes to call himself and his colleagues “sleuths of the plant world.” These detectives find out what ails plants and crops, hopefully before the disease gets out of control. Most recently, scientists...

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More Than 2,500 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Okeechobee Ranch Preserved

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Governor and Cabinet today approved the preservation of 2,523 acres of environmentally sensitive land within Corona Ranch in Okeechobee County through cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future...

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Mark Wilson Named 2017 Florida Farmer of the Year

Nov 01, 17 Mark Wilson Named 2017 Florida Farmer of the Year

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that Mark Wilson of Greendale Nursery in Homestead, Florida, was recognized as the 2017 Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Florida Farmer of the Year....

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A post-Irma look at the state’s agricultural sector

By: FFVA It will take time, but Florida’s agriculture sector will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. State Rep. Jake Raburn (R-Lithia) delivered that assessment in his “State of the Industry” remarks during the opening luncheon for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s 74th annual convention in Amelia...

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A Big Step towards Reducing Strep in Farm-Raised Tilapia

Nov 01, 17 A Big Step towards Reducing Strep in Farm-Raised Tilapia

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By: Sandra Avant The United States annually imports nearly $1 billion worth of tilapia while producing another 30 million pounds ourselves. This makes tilapia the U.S.’s fourth most consumed fish. Worldwide, farmed-raised tilapia is nearly an $8 billion yearly industry. Those same tilapia farmers lose about $1 billion annually due...

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Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

Nov 01, 17 Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall again

Posted by in Agriculture, Health & Farming

By Dario Chavez Farmers aren’t the only ones busy working in their fields to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irma. As the University of Georgia’s peach specialist based on the UGA Griffin campus, my team and I have been busy trying to save young trees in our 3-year-old research orchard. Irma passed through Georgia with strong,...

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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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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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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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