peaches

Georgia: Not Just Peaches and Peanuts

Dan Citrus, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Organic, Peanuts, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Inaugural tour introduces variety of Georgia Grown products, featuring site tours and gourmet meals. Georgia Grown, the marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, wants everyone to know that the state produces more than just peaches and peanuts. That’s why Georgia Grown is hosting international and national media guests, grocery buyer executives, state officials and culinary …

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APHIS Launches Webpage for Pests and Diseases

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Environment, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new “Pests and Diseases” webpage. The new page lists all pest and disease programs managed by APHIS as part of its mission to protect American agriculture and natural resources. On the new page, users can search by type (plant, animal), keyword (avian, fruit fly, cotton), …

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USDA Provides Funding to Florida to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Environment, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Podcast, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $7.2 million to Florida as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing $66 million in funding this year to support 407 projects in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and …

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Florida Set to Receive Funds as USDA Awards $200 Million to Agriculture Organizations

Dan Citrus, Exports/Imports, Florida, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $200 million award to  57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help the nation’s agriculture community identify and access new export markets. The Florida Department of Citrus was one of the specified organizations and is set to receive $550,000 in funding to promote citrus in various new markets. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried shared, “We’re thrilled the USDA has provided this opportunity …

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Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Vegetables

As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida researchers. Better still, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops in Florida to help growers and consumers. When …

Citrus Production Guide Provides Perfect Tool for Growers

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

Researchers at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) have revamped the Citrus Production Guide. What used to be a guide focused on pest management has stretched its scope to include horticulture and plant pathology, among other topics. Lauren Diepenbrock, an entomologist at the CREC, encourages citrus growers to grab a copy of the guide. Regarding HLB, the guide offers …

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Revamping Communication with Citrus Growers

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

Florida citrus growers now have a one-stop-shop for everything citrus research coming out of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). A new website, monthly enewsletter and monthly podcast was announced by UF/IFAS last month during the Citrus Expo. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources with UF, says this “All In for …

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USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Economy, Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Livestock, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun …

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Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company Purchases New Facility

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company recently announced the purchase of a new facility. The Fort Pierce, Florida native company is expanding, but they are not traveling too far from home. Actually, they are not traveling away from home at all. The juice company announced the beginnings of a new 55,000 square-foot building on 11 acres. The building will be located …

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Florida-Grown Foods Part of Rich Tailgating Tradition

Dan Beef, Citrus, Corn, Dairy, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Poultry, Vegetables

Set up the grill; it’s tailgating season. Chicken, burgers, corn, slaw, potato salad, chips – and maybe some fresh fruits and vegetables — are just some staples for the weekly ritual that coincides with football season. Some will win before the games start by eating Florida-grown foods. College football enthusiasts nationwide can take comfort in tips from University of Florida …