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National Farm Rescuer Day

National Farm Rescuer Day
Cathy Isom tells us about a day dedicated to supporting farmers in need. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more. ?

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FRESH! Recipe: Vegetable Pasta

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On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to talk about using what’s in season in his new Fresh! Recipe video: Vegetable Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

By Brad Buck, UF/IFAS

Dr. Klee

Harry Klee, an eminent scholar and professor in the UF/IFAS horticultural sciences department, is pictured in the greenhouse with hybrid tomatoes derived from heirlooms. The tomatoes are part of a tomato flavor improvement project that is looking at producing hybrids that have great taste like heirlooms but better performance. The project is also looking at transferring the enjoyable taste of heirlooms into supermarket tomatoes.

Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.

In a study published in the journal Science, Harry Klee, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, led an international research team that included scientists from China, Israel and Spain. Researchers identified chemicals that contribute to tomato flavor.

Step one was to find out which of the hundreds of chemicals in a tomato contribute the most to taste. Learn more and watch the video.

2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

fdacs-seal_colorbest-1024x1024Since 1994, The Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award has been presented to spotlight the innovative practices introduced by Florida growers and ranchers. Nominees for this prestigious award are derived from all parts of Florida’s diverse agricultural industry, but all find common ground in a commitment to being positive stewards of Florida’s natural resources in a quest to provide quality agricultural products to consumers.

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Edible Packaging

edible packagingToday Cathy Isom tells us about edible packaging that can cover your food and is also safe to eat. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more.

Shop Smarter at Farmers Markets

shop farmers marketsIt’s not rocket science when it comes to why we go to Farmers Markets. Buy local – support local. Cathy Isom explains how to shop smarter at your local Farmer’s Market. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more.

Beehives in Unexpected Places

The People’s Garden Apiary is home to two beehives and approximately 40,000 Italian honeybees.Cathy Isom tells us about the unexpected places where beehives are cropping up in an effort to save the bee population. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.” Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more.

Commodity Carnival

Commodity-Carnival-app-2Cathy Isom gives us information about the game that teaches young students real-life risk rewards of farming and commodity trading. That story’s ahead on “This Land of Ours”. Hear Cathy’s report, watch the video and learn more.

Farmers Markets Explosion

farmers marketsThe number of farmers markets today is about twice what it was just ten years ago. Daniel Lee looks into how farmers markets have doubled in numbers across the U.S. over the past decade and why they are becoming more and more popular.


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Smithsonian – “Ask a Farmer”

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American Enterprise Exhibit – Image from Flickr.

Cathy Isom tells us about the Smithsonian Museum program connecting agriculturists with visitors in the nation’s capital.


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Subcommittee Examines Growing Farm Financial Pressures

Subcommittee Hears about Farm Financial Pressures

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing on the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers.


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PETA Blasts FFA

FFAEverett Griner talks about PETA and the fight with FFA in today’s Agri View.


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