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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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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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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Fish oil supplements may help prevent death after MI but lack evidence of CV benefit for general population

by American Heart Association. Omega-3 fish oil supplements prescribed by a healthcare provider may help prevent death from heart disease in patients who recently had a heart attack and may prevent death and hospitalizations in patients with heart failure, but there is a lack of scientific research to support clinical use of these...

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Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

Mar 01, 17 Farmers may see little effect as FDA implements ban on antibiotics in non-therapeutic animal feed

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By Merritt Melancon The market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1. The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers...

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Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App

Mar 01, 17 Florida Forest Service Releases New Fire Information App

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire...

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UF/IFAS researcher: Cats, dogs teaming up is best way to keep rodents away

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Cats and dogs may be longtime enemies, but when teamed up, they keep rodents away, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. That’s good news for farmers trying to keep rodents from eating their crops and for homeowners...

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UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Credit: Courtesy James Cuda, UF/IFAS GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. A worldwide research team led by UF/IFAS...

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Hillsborough County pesticide collection aides farmers, protects environment

By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When a pesticide is discontinued or banned by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, farmers may opt to store these products until they figure out how to dispose of them properly, says Stephen Gran, director of the University of Florida Institute...

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New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Feb 01, 17 New Test Quickly Detects Red Imported Fire Ants

Posted by in Health & Farming, Scientific Studies

By Sandra Avant A new test kit, developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists, could limit the spread of red imported fire ants. Since the red imported fire ant invaded the United States more than 85 years ago, it has infested 367 million acres. Each year, imported fire ants cost Americans $6 billion to control and...

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Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

Feb 01, 17 Officials to Release Sterile Flies in Homestead in Precautionary Move

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Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following the announcement that a stray dog found in Homestead, Fla. was positive for New World screwworm, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced...

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New Process Quickly Analyzes Acrylamide in French Fries

By Sandra Avant Atechnique called “near-infrared spectroscopy” (NIRS) can rapidly estimate the amount of acrylamide in white-potato French fries, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their North Carolina State University collaborators. Acrylamide is a potentially toxic compound that forms...

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Berry wine, minus the alcohol, may offer help for those with diabetes

by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Blueberries, and berries in general, are among foods labeled as “diabetes superfoods” by the American Association of Diabetes. Food science researchers at the University of Illinois have found that fermenting berries may improve their...

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UF/IFAS Extension helps Floridians ‘take charge’ of diabetes

Nov 30, 16 UF/IFAS Extension helps Floridians ‘take charge’ of diabetes

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By: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the U.S. — 9.3 percent of the population — and is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In Florida, 9.4 percent...

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A Better Lure to Detect and Control an Avocado Pest

By Dennis O’Brien An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed a new tool to help Florida avocado producers concerned about a disease that is killing their trees. It’s a lure that makes it easier to detect and control the invasive pest that spreads the disease. Laurel wilt disease is spread by the redbay...

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Fruit Fly’s Genetic Code Revealed

Nov 01, 16 Fruit Fly’s Genetic Code Revealed

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By Jan Suszkiw An international team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other research organizations have sequenced the complete genome of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata. This pest attacks more than 260 fruit, vegetable and nut crops worldwide, causing billions of dollars annually in...

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UF/IFAS-led team finds faster, better way to detect salmonella in meat, chicken

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of scientists led by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers has found a faster and more precise way to detect salmonella in beef and chicken, a finding that could help prevent major illnesses. Salmonella is the lauding...

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Flushing HLB out of Citrus Trees

By Dennis O’Brien A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist is providing citrus growers with much-needed guidance about the best times to use insecticides to control Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening. HLB has cost Florida citrus growers an estimated $1.3 billion since 2005. The disease is caused by a bacterium...

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Researchers, farmers collaborate to prevent E. coli

Aug 03, 16 Researchers, farmers collaborate to prevent E. coli

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by Michigan State University.  A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous E. coli bacteria transmissions. The study, published in Applied and...

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