NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Dec 01, 17 NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

By: FFVA For two decades, Mexico has benefited from unfair trade practices while Florida farmers have suffered significant loss of market share.  Now with NAFTA negotiations under way with Canada and Mexico, Florida fruit and vegetable growers have a chance for getting some relief. “Our seasonal growing industries have suffered...

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UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

Dec 01, 17 UGA scientist to test viability of European truffles in Georgia

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Julie Jernigan University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman has studied the viability of truffles in the state’s pecan orchards for years. This winter, he will advance his research by introducing the European variety of truffles to Georgia pecan trees. “With collaborative researchers in Florida and Michigan, we are...

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Pilot research projects selected for funding to improve agricultural worker safety, health

by beverlymjames@ufl.edu The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is awarding more than $56,000 to three pilot research projects to improve the safety and health of agricultural workers. Scientists will use mobile app monitoring to prevent heat-related symptoms among Hispanic farmworkers; research mental,...

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Volunteers travel hundreds of miles to rebuild 4-H farms hit by Irma

A fter Hurricane Irma swept through south Florida, Jeramy Smith, 4-H agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County, jumped in his car to survey damage at the three agricultural learning sites used by the county’s 4-H youth to raise plants and animals. The sites were in shambles, Smith said. In Homestead, fallen trees destroyed...

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See science in action as UF/IFAS celebrates 100 years of Citrus REC

by bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences. Scientists can describe...

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UGA training helps keep landscape, tree care workers safe

By Sharon Dowdy Employee safety is a priority for most business owners, but time constraints, as well as language barriers, can make safety training more challenging for employees in Georgia’s green industry. To improve safety in Georgia’s landscape and tree care industries, the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture...

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UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells optimistic about crop yields

Dec 01, 17 UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells optimistic about crop yields

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

By Clint Thompson Tropical Storm Irma broke pecan tree limbs, knocked trees down and blew nuts off the trees and out of their shucks when it moved through Georgia in early September, yet University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells is still optimistic about this year’s crop. He estimates yields ranging...

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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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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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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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Climate Change: Is Florida a “State of Denial?”

Nov 01, 17 Climate Change: Is Florida a “State of Denial?”

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By: Trimmel Gomes TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida cities wrestle with how to haul out millions of tons of post-hurricane debris and where to put it, the environmental community is asking whether the storms could mark a turning point in the state’s reputation for minimizing the issue of climate change. Despite Florida’s...

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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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A Big Step towards Reducing Strep in Farm-Raised Tilapia

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

Posted by in Agriculture, Scientific Studies

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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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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Coalition Takes Fears of NAFTA Termination to Congress

By: ThePigSite News Desk A US Coalition of coalition of business and agricultural organizations has taken its message of the value of NAFTA to Congress, Bruce Cochrane reports. An ad hoc coalition, who’s membership includes the National Pork Producers Council, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the...

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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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UF researchers to use $2.7 million grant to help stop influenza

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans. Although “natural killer T” –...

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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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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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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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