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Southern Region Noncitrus Fruit and Nut

Key findings for the Southern Region: Avocados: Florida’s utilized production is down 13 percent from 2015 and the associated value of production is down 7 percent. The Laurel Wilt disease continues to have a negative impact on Florida avocado groves. Blueberries: The value of utilized production for the United States is down 13 percent for 2016. Georgia’s utilized production is …

Achieving ‘Bliss’: Children, Adults Differ in How They Perceive Sweetness of Fruits

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Most children want their food to taste sweet. So, do you want your child to eat a candy bar or fruit when they have a snack? A team of researchers from the University of Florida and the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Pennsylvania found children and adults differ in …

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Coffee Grown in California

There is a new crop in town. Cathy Isom informs us about the unique way farmers are growing coffee in California. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.     California-grown coffee? You heard that right. The Golden State is famous for its strawberries, avocados, grapes, raisins, dates, apples, citrus and so much more. But now, it seems, coffee is …

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Regrow Vegetables from Your Scraps

Have you ever looked at the leftovers from some of your vegetables when you prepare a meal? The part of the carrot you are fixing to throw away and wonder if it would regrow? Or the portion if the head of lettuce? Cathy Isom tells you about the foods that you can regrow from scraps. That’s coming up on This …

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APHIS to Allow Importation of Fresh Pitahaya Fruit from Ecuador

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador.  APHIS scientists have determined that fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador can be safely imported to the United States while continuing to provide protection against the …