Celebrating National Apricot Day

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has us celebrating a popular summer fruit that is recognized in the winter. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Apricots ripen in the early summer, but they’re quite commonly dried so that way we can enjoy them year round.  Apricot lovers recognize today as National Apricot Day. The apricot’s velvety flesh is similar to that of their …


Senators Back Rooting Out Vegetable Garden Regulations

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Despite concerns from the Florida League of Cities, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill that would largely prevent local governments from regulating homeowners’ vegetable gardens. The Senate Community Affairs Committee unanimously backed the measure (SB 82), which Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, has filed for the legislative session that starts March 5. The Senate passed a similar bill during …


UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, Florida, said the grant will help continue their work to bring an alternative crop to the …

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Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 10

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Thursday, January 10th is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit Commodity Classic.com. A complete schedule of events is also available on the …


UF ‘Plant Whisperer’ Helps Floridians Keep Produce Lush, Green and Safe

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Liz Felter gazes at the tomato plant and considers it quietly for a few seconds. Stroking the discolored leaves, she sticks two fingers in the soil and pushes the dirt down. “My gut tells me it’s not Erwinia,” says Felter, a University of Florida IFAS Extension regional specialized agent. The visitor to the UF/IFAS Diagnostic Plant Clinic in Apopka merely …