Action Taken Against Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced that the Trump Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is …


UF/IFAS Researchers May Use Fungi to Control Deadly Crop Disease

Dan Florida, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

A group of fungi might fight a disease that’s dangerous to tomatoes and specialty crops. University of Florida scientists hope to develop this biological strategy as they add to growers’ tools to help control Fusarium wilt. Tomatoes are the number one vegetable crop in Florida. In 2017, approximately 28,000 acres of tomatoes were commercially harvested, with a production value of …


Celebrating National Strawberries and Cream Day

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Today, you get to celebrate America’s favorite fruit. Cathy Isom lets you know why you’ll want some fresh strawberries and whip cream today. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Strawberries and Cream Day Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day. So if you don’t have them already, you may want to head to your local farmer’s …

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Controlled Environment Ag Growing

Dan Industry News Release, Vegetables

Controlled environment agriculture is growing rapidly, according to a new report from CoBank. Controlled environment agriculture, a technology-based approach toward food production to use optimal growing conditions, often indoors, occurs in all 50 states, but the vast majority of the large facilities growing tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are in the Northeast, West and Southwest. CoBank says technological advancements and consumer …

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Georgia Blueberry Growers Suffer Second Consecutive Year of Loss

Dan Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Commissioner Gary W. Black hosted a conference call to connect Georgia blueberry growers and agricultural industry representatives with USDA Under-secretary Bill Northey to discuss recent loss assessments for the 2018 blueberry crop. According to University of Georgia Extension, overall losses of both highbush and rabbiteye varieties could exceed 60 percent. This would mark the second consecutive year of significant loss …


Celebrating National Asparagus Month

Dan This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Cathy Isom has some great cooking, and healthy, ideas about celebrating a favorite springtime green veggie. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Celebrating National Asparagus Month May is National Asparagus Month. These delicious spears of the lily family can be enjoyed from breakfast to a bedtime snack. Fresh from the garden, the thin stalks taste like sweet-pea but …

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Self-Seeding Plants for Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

Dan Nursery Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

If you love to garden, but just don’t seem to have the time. You may consider planting a self-seeding plants in your vegetable and herb garden. Cathy Isom has some tips about the crops that like to replant themselves. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Self-Seeding Plants for Your Vegetable and Herb Garden Crops that replant themselves are …