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FAMU, TCC Work to Improve Oyster Industry

By Jaci Schreckengost One of the main goals at Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Division of Research is to help create new ways of thinking and creating to benefit the agriculture industry in the Southeast. Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and FAMU have teamed up in an effort to help increase the oyster industry. Timothy Moore, vice president of research at FAMU, …

UF Weed Scientist to Lead Aquatic Invasives Center

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences A University of Florida weed scientist has been named the director of the Center of Aquatic and Invasive Plants, a unit that develops environmentally sound techniques to manage invasive weeds. Jason Ferrell, an agronomy professor at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was named to the position …

fisheries

U.S. on Path to Sustainable Commercial Fishing Waters

Two new reports reveal nation’s progress in sustainably managing marine resources U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 — above the five-year average — according to NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the United States report released May 9, 2017. Also …

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Agri View: Seafood or Fish Consumption

Everett Griner talks about consumption of seafood increasing in today’s Agri View.     Are you eating enough fish? A recent study shows that Americans are eating more fish than ever. Now that doesn’t mean that there is a lot of seafood on the table two or three times a week. In fact the figures are a big surprise. On …

aquaculture research

USDA Announces $1.2 Million to Support Aquaculture Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.2 million in available funding for aquaculture research projects in the areas of genetics, disease, production systems, and economics. Funding is made through NIFA’s Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program, authorized by the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act. “Sustainability of the aquaculture industry is important …

Copper Sulfate Kills Fungus on Fish Eggs

by Sandra Avant, Agricultural Research Service Fungus on fish eggs isn’t only an eyesore for the aquaculture industry, it’s also deadly to fish and expensive to treat. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found that copper sulfate kills fish egg fungus and is cheaper than current treatments. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists previously compared the effectiveness of copper sulfate …

UF/IFAS Researchers: Many Turning to Oysters for Valentine’s Day Energy

by: Beverly James, UF/IFAS, beverlymjames@ufl.edu With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be thinking about revving things up by eating a few oysters. We’ve all heard that oysters are aphrodisiacs, but researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say there’s more to the story. “Oysters might be perceived as an aphrodisiac because they have …

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

Those in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …