Consumers will normally pay more for organic products – but not wine

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. For the study, former UF/IFAS graduate...

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As UF/IFAS CREC turns 100, it celebrates decades working with Florida Department of Citrus

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are praising a decades-long relationship between researchers with CREC and the Florida Department of Citrus...

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Periodical cicadas set to emerge this year after 17 years underground

By Merritt Melancon What has large, red eyes, translucent wings and an undulating, 7-kilohertz chirp that sounds like the background music to a horror movie? Georgians can find the answer over the next few weeks by traveling north into the state’s mountains to witness the emergence of the latest brood of 17-year periodical...

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Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

May 04, 17 Successful compost piles can be judged by the company they keep

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By Merritt Melancon Gardeners are likely to see a whole community of living things in their compost piles — from millipedes and roaches to worms and small mammals. While most of this activity is natural and great for compost, some uninvited guests can indicate a problem with the compost pile. University of Georgia Cooperative...

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UGARF names Ozias-Akins Distinguished Research Professor

By Sharon Dowdy The University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) has named Professor Peggy Ozias-Akins a Distinguished Research Professor, a title awarded to UGA faculty recognized internationally for their contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline. In 2015, she was...

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May Fishing Forecast

May 04, 17 May Fishing Forecast

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Capt. Ric Liles • (813)601-2900 • Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers; First of all I want to thank everyone that fished with me in March and April. I’m sorry for not getting a report out last month but things were very busy around the dock. March and April were fantastic for fishing and a big majority...

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A New Way To Pasteurize Eggs

By: Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania and his colleagues have developed a technology that rapidly pasteurizes eggs and could sharply reduce the number of illnesses caused each year by egg-borne Salmonella bacteria. The device invented by David Geveke, a...

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Common pesticide damages honey bees’ ability to fly

by University of California San Diego Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly, raising concerns about how pesticides affect their capacity to pollinate and the long-term effects...

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Increase in exports main reason cotton prices are up

Apr 04, 17 Increase in exports main reason cotton prices are up

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories

By Julia Rodriguez Georgia growers can expect to make at least 5 to 6 cents more per pound of cotton than they received this time last year, according to Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton economist. The price is due to many factors, but the main cause is the increase in exports. “Most of our cotton...

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Grapefruit for dessert? South Korea could be a lucrative market for Florida growers

Apr 04, 17 Grapefruit for dessert? South Korea could be a lucrative market for Florida growers

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How about grapefruit as a dessert or snack? That is how many South Koreans, especially younger ones, view the fruit. Therefore, Florida grapefruit growers may want to expand their shipments to that Asian nation, University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

For more information contact Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other...

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Making Melons Safer with Steam

By Dennis O’Brien Steam can more effectively combat E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria on cantaloupes than traditional removal methods. That’s the finding of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist in Pennsylvania. Dike Ukuku and his colleagues at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit in Wyndmoor has...

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Keep backyard chicken flocks safe

By Sharon Dowdy Avian influenza was detected on March 3, 2017, in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, less than 100 miles from the Georgia state line. Tests revealed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI). The farm was quarantined and the birds were depopulated. Avian influenza has not been...

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Analyzing Disease Mutations Using Online Cattle Genomes

By Sandra Avant Thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, a genomic database of U.S. beef cattle is now available online. The complete genomes of 96 bulls representing different U.S. cattle breeds were sequenced by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC)...

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Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

Apr 04, 17 Native to the South, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is semi-evergreen, tough and tolerant.

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By Norman Winter It’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s...

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UF workshop to help homeowners navigate HOA issues for landscaping

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu SANFORD, Fla. — Wondering if that new lawn will mean a discussion with your Homeowner’s Association? The University of Florida Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM  program offers a workshop on April 26 to help homeowners navigate the process. “Legally Speaking: FFL in The...

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Fishing Forecast

Apr 04, 17 Fishing Forecast

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by: Capt. Ric Liles (813)601-2900 Co-host Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show Hello Anglers, Why do “tug boats” push their barges? Just a little humor to start things off. I hope everyone had a fantastic February. For those of you I had the pleasure to have out last month, Thank you! February was incredible. With Spring like...

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Discover Louisiana North

Apr 04, 17 Discover Louisiana North

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Article and photos: WARREN RESEN, North American Travel Journalists Association The State of Louisiana goes by many names: The Bayou State, Pelican State, Sportsman’s Paradise, Sugar State, and Creole State among others. Rather than a case of multiple personalities, it is a testimonial to Louisiana’s diversity.Motorists rushing...

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

Apr 04, 17 The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top School Gardens

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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 will recognize five school gardens this year with the third annual Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards. The Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel Awards...

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Lionfish Panhandle Pilot Program ends May 19

Apr 04, 17 Lionfish Panhandle Pilot Program ends May 19

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Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Panhandle lionfish hunters only have until May 19 to compete in the Panhandle Pilot Program. This yearlong lionfish removal incentive program rewards divers for harvesting lionfish off Escambia through Franklin counties. The program may be ending, but lionfish are...

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