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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees, Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

Florida Peaches attached to a peach tree. Fruit, stonefruit, horticulture. (UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.)

Peaches attached to a peach tree. Fruit, stonefruit, horticulture.
(UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.)

Florida peaches make for a succulent snack, say consumers surveyed by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.

That’s encouraging news for Florida producers trying to expand their reach, not only in the Sunshine State but nationally, said Joy Rumble, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural education and communication. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeastern Peach Crop Threatened by Freezes This Week

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Arctic air could bring trouble for southeastern fruit crops, particularly peaches. Gary Crawford has the first part of this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Blackberry Varieties with Growers in Mind

Blackberries in a glassCollaborative research is leading to new types of blackberries with potential to expand markets for growers. Rod Bain has the details.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FRESH! Recipe: Blueberry Key Lime Pie

adam-putnam-2On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to talk about the newest Fresh! Recipe video that puts a new twist on a classic Florida dessert: Blueberry Key Lime Pie. Read the rest of this entry »

National Strawberry Day

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This is a day you can add something delicious, and good for you, to your menu. Cathy Isom fills us in about a day of celebration and appreciation for a sweet, heart-shaped fruit. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

APHIS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Importation of Hass Avocados From Colombia

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period for a proposed rule that would allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. We are also notifying the public of the availability of a revised pest risk assessment (PRA) and risk management document (RMD) associated with the proposed rule. Read the rest of this entry »

Berry Problems

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Everett Griner talks about the difficult challenge for berry farmers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. ?

Super Bowl Avocados

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If you have not invited avocados to grace your Super Bowl party table, you are missing out. Cathy Isom tells you all about the single-seeded fruit that’s expected to be a big hit during the big game this weekend. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top Student Chef

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FreshFromFloridaLOGOTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages 9th through 12th grade students to enter the department’s “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off before the upcoming deadline on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Students can submit original recipes featuring locally grown products for the chance to have their meal served in school cafeterias. For rules and Read the rest of this entry »

Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apple to Reach Stores Next Month

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The first genetically engineered apple variety will reach store shelves next month after years of development and protest. Read the rest of this entry »

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