food

Agroterrorism: American Food Supply a Growing Concern In DC

Dan Beef, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Vegetables

What’s being done to keep the American food supply safe and allow farmers to continue to produce the food and fiber the nation needs? That was one of several topics discussed during a Senate hearing Wednesday. General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President George W. Bush, was asked what currently keeps him up at …

agriculture

Negron Backs Aid for Agriculture Industry

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Industry News Release, Livestock, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida lawmakers should provide financial help to the agriculture industry to aid its recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Senate president said Friday. Without putting a price tag on the state’s contribution, Senate President Joe Negron appeared to favor tax cuts and mitigation measures rather than loans. He pointed to major damage sustained by citrus growers but also said assistance should …

farm

UF study: Farm to School Program Boosts Fruit, Veggie Intake

Dan Education, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

It’s one thing to offer students fruits and vegetables for school lunch; it’s another for them to actually eat them. Children who attend schools with Farm to School programs eat more fruits and vegetables, new University of Florida research shows. In 2010, Congress passed the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. In approving the legislation, lawmakers wanted to improve children’s nutrition. …

greenhouse

Greenhouse Veggies to Grow in Winter

Dan This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Cathy Isom has some tips about the best veggies to grow in the greenhouse during the colder winter months. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Greenhouse Veggies to Grow in Winter Some of your favorite vegetables can be grown during the colder winter months, especially if your greenhouse is setup to allow thermal mass heating. Summertime annuals will …

Agri View: Pecan Nut Problem

Dan Agri View, Specialty Crops

Everett Griner talks about the pecan weevil in today’s Agri View. Everett checks out the exploding population of the pecan weevil, and the damage being caused. Growers have two choices, and Everett tells us what these choices are. Pecan Nut Problem Image: Pecan Weevil/Clemson University

sugar

Fighting the Sugar Policy Modernization Act

Dan Sugar

Amendments designed to gut no-cost U.S. sugar policy were rejected three times on the Senate floor, two times on the House floor, and twice at the committee level during the 2014 Farm Bill debate. But with talks taking place for the 2018 Farm Bill, Phillip Hayes, spokesperson for the American Sugar Alliance, says backers of those defeated amendments are trying again …

strawberry

UF Web Tool Helps South Carolina, Florida Strawberry Growers

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research, Specialty Crops

Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch nationwide and in the Sunshine state, bringing in $2.3 billion to the national …