No flowers? No problem. UF study shows bees have other ways of finding sugar

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — What’s a bee to do when there are very few flowers available and it needs a sugar fix? Wild bees may be responding to climate change and urban expansion by relying on insects to get the sweet stuff, according to a study by Joan Meiners, a Ph.D. student in the University of Florida...

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Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Sep 01, 17 Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

By Dennis Hancock A two-day Advanced Grazing School, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists Sept. 19-20, will provide a deeper understanding of grazing systems to those in attendance. The first day will focus on low-cost fencing and portable watering systems. On the second day of the program, specialists...

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New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

Sep 01, 17 New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Some types of Salmonella cause disease in food animals. Other types cause foodborne disease in humans. A new vaccine developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, Iowa, protects pigs against both types of Salmonella. Several Salmonella vaccines are currently...

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New UGA faculty get hands-on lessons in agriculture on annual New Faculty Tour

By Clint Thompson Agriculture — Georgia’s top industry — was featured prominently this week at stops on the University of Georgia Griffin and Tifton campuses during the university’s annual New Faculty Tour. The tour, which introduces new UGA faculty members to economic mainstays throughout the state during a five-day trip,...

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Controlling Weeds in a Way that Saves the Soil and Costs Less

Sep 01, 17 Controlling Weeds in a Way that Saves the Soil and Costs Less

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By: Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. An onslaught of the weed Palmer amaranth in the southeastern United States has left many farmers wondering if they should continue using environmentally friendly cover crops and conservation tillage, or switch to conventional tillage. Palmer amaranth is aggressive, drought...

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Annual Southeastern Hay Contest deadline set for September 21

Aug 01, 17 Annual Southeastern Hay Contest deadline set for September 21

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

By Merritt Melancon, Dennis Hancock While laymen may look at a farm field dotted with round bales and think that those bales are all the same, forage farmers and livestock producers know the truth. Hay quality varies widely from producer to producer and from year to year. Each fall, the Southeastern Hay Contest gives forage and...

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Chlorine Dioxide Pouches Make Produce Safer

Aug 01, 17 Chlorine Dioxide Pouches Make Produce Safer

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Tech

By Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Florida are helping a company develop a small plastic pouch designed to make produce safer. The pouch releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates Escherichia coli bacteria and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and...

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Colored Rice May Brighten the Menu for Diabetics in the Future

By: Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. When it comes to healthful foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are some choices that come to mind. But how about rice—colored rice that is? Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are investigating the potential of brown, purple and red rice in managing diabetes. Rice...

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Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

Aug 01, 17 Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Phosphorous Reduction in Everglades Agricultural Area

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Land Care

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement regarding the South Florida Water Management District’s announcement that for the Water Year 2017 monitoring period, the Everglades...

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Begin managing dove fields now — season is just months away

Aug 01, 17 Begin managing dove fields now — season is just months away

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By Michael Anthony Foster Opening day of dove season is a little over two months away, so it’s time to start planning for and planting dove fields. A prudently planned dove field can provide family entertainment and economic benefits through most of the dove season, which starts Sept. 2. Field owners can often charge $25 to $75...

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Do you love watermelons in the hot summer? UF scientists

Aug 01, 17 Do you love watermelons in the hot summer? UF scientists

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Some people love to eat a juicy, seedless watermelon for a tasty, refreshing snack during a hot, Florida summer day. University of Florida scientists have found a way to stave off potential diseases while retaining that flavor. Consumers increasingly savor the...

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Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Aug 01, 17 Commissioner Adam Putnam Names Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts as 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts has been named the 2017 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. Dr. Roberts dedicated 35 years of service to the Florida Department of...

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With $3 million grant, researchers hope to help find sites to grow tomorrow’s produce

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers are sounding a warning bell that fresh produce may be hard to come by in the future. Scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences cite changes in our climate, loss of fresh water and competition for resources...

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Pineapples: Preservation and Potential

By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Office of Communications. Starting around 1898, key advances in production and processing methods—built around the superstar variety Smooth Cayenne—positioned Hawaii as a world leader in exports of canned pineapple. Although the state no longer holds that title, Hawaii today remains home to one of the...

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New Sensor System for Peanut Drying

By Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineers in Georgia have developed a network of sensors that will save thousands of dollars in drying costs for peanut growers and processors. When peanut farmers in Georgia sell their crop, they bring it to a buying point to be graded and...

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New Eco-Friendly Barleys Have Many Benefits

By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Two new barley varieties are good for growers, the environment, and nonruminant animals. Barley and other cereal grains and legumes contain a form of phosphorus called “phytate.” Phosphorus is an essential nutrient, but phytate cannot be digested by humans and nonruminant animals,...

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Blueberry Bush Pruning Timing

By Sharon Durham New blueberry varieties developed for northern growing areas in the United States are often hybrids of northern-adapted and southern-adapted breeding material. Such hybrids may retain their leaves longer in the fall, and appear to be slow to enter dormancy. Blueberry growers prune their bushes annually to remove old...

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Fumigation a potential management tool for Georgia watermelon farmers fighting fusarium wilt disease

By Clint Thompson Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation. Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the...

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New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

Jul 03, 17 New tobacco varieties could reduce levels of black shank disease

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Julia Rodriguez University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research trials of new tobacco varieties could help farmers reduce the level of black shank disease in their fields to 15 percent, according to Tony Barnes, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in Atkinson County, Georgia. If the research proves successful,...

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Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Jul 03, 17 Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth

Posted by in Agriculture, Land Care, Scientific Studies

by Brad Buck. • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural  By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that...

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