Could an 8 million-year-old gene help the citrus industry? UF researchers think so

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu After 100 years of assertions about the roots of citrus, a global group of scientists – including a University of Florida professor – has traced the evolutionary history of Florida’s signature crop up to 8 million years ago in the Himalayas of Southeast Asia. Through analyses of 60...

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UF researchers work feverishly to manage south Florida’s biggest threat: Invasive termites

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldwide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their destructive range; meaning half the structures in South Florida...

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Leaving on a Bio-Jet Plane

By J. Kim Kaplan, ARS Office of Communications. One hundred and ten years ago when Wilbur Wright piloted the first U.S. passenger flight by taking employee Charles Furnas along for a ride, it’s unlikely that either of them ever dreamed of jet liners, let alone jets that use fuel made by yeast from switchgrass. Today, the airline...

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Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

Mar 01, 18 Reef Rangers website is renovated, ready for more lionfish hunters

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Divers and lionfish hunters: Do you have what it takes to become a Reef Ranger? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has updated its Reef Rangers website  (ReefRangers.com) and the program is ready for more participants. Reef Rangers is a...

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Peach farmers optimistic about 2018 after a disastrous 2017 crop

Mar 01, 18 Peach farmers optimistic about 2018 after a disastrous 2017 crop

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By Merritt Melancon Georgia is due for another blast of arctic air this week and, while Georgians themselves might be groaning about the cold weather, it’s beneficial for the state’s peach crop. These chilly days provide the cold temperatures that Georgia’s fruit crops need for healthy production this summer. After warm...

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Florida’s Community Health Centers Thankful for Federal Funding

By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. The deal appears to offer most of what Democrats have been asking...

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Seffner Christian Academy student crowned Florida Strawberry Festival queen

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

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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Take a bowhunter education course in February

Feb 01, 18 Take a bowhunter education course in February

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Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294 Florida bowhunters will have an opportunity to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in Alachua County in February. The course will be conducted using the online, distance-learning format. A bowhunting enthusiast can access the program on the...

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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

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Celebration, Featured Stories

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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Three Florida teachers Selected to Compete for National Achievement Award

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

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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‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Feb 01, 18 ‘Kanjiro’ camellias are beautiful and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Posted by in Featured Stories, Gardening, Health & Farming

By Norman Winter In Japanese, the word “kanjiro” means “you must feel.” I’m not sure if that means “to touch” or “to experience,” but the ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is certainly one to experience. The ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is known botanically as “Camellia hiemalis” and debuted in 1954. The longevity of this...

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Florida forest industry generates nearly $13B in annual sales, 36,000 jobs

Feb 01, 18 Florida forest industry generates nearly $13B in annual sales, 36,000 jobs

Posted by in Featured Stories, Scientific Studies

by Brad Buck GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s forest industry generated $12.55 billion in sales revenues in 2016, which translated to more jobs, according to a new UF/IFAS economic report. The sales figure is up about $4.77 billion from 2003, according to the report. More money sometimes means more jobs, and in the case of the...

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Spiny lobster trap tag fees waived for 2018-19 season

Feb 01, 18 Spiny lobster trap tag fees waived for 2018-19 season

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com As commercial fishermen and women begin to purchase their spiny lobster trap tags, this is a reminder that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has waived the $1 per trap spiny lobster trap tag fee for the 2018-2019 season. This waiver was...

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Avian flu found in wild duck; backyard flock owners asked to stay vigilant

At the end of December 2017, the H7 strain of avian influenza was found in a green-winged teal, a widespread North American duck, collected in McIntosh County on the Georgia coast. Wild birds are known vectors of avian influenza. Backyard and pastured poultry flocks are especially vulnerable when exposed to their wild cousins,...

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Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

Jan 01, 18 Seeing northern bobwhite quail on your land? Report sightings to help conservation efforts

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Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291 To help restore the state’s northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sightings of bobwhite quail on their land. Landowners can go to a new FWC webpage to record when and where they see northern...

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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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Solar energy entrepreneur invests in Florida 4-H youth

by Samantha Grenrock When Brandon Bing got up to speak in front of a crowd of 4-H alumni and supporters at the annual Florida 4-HGator Soiree last month, he admits, he was a little nervous. Not that he’s shy. Quite the opposite. The outgoing entrepreneur was jittery with the knowledge his company was about help more Florida youth...

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