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. …


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 …

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Agri View: California Winery Losses

Dan Agri View, Fruits, Specialty Crops

Everett Griner talks about losses suffered to the California winery business due to the wildfires in today’s Agri View. Everett lets us know just what we can expect the price or our wine and grape juice to be over the next couple of years. Image: Wine rack from the now burned down Signorello Estate winery in Napa, CA. Apparently glass will …


Exploring a World without Food Animals

Dan Beef, Cattle, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

What would happen if U.S. farmers stopped producing animals for food and Americans went vegan? Some have called for a move in that direction to address increasing concerns about U.S. health, eating habits, and climate change. Researchers at USDA‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Virginia Tech recently explored those questions and found surprising results. Mary Beth Hall, an ARS animal scientist at the U.S. …


Cranberries-Thanksgiving Superfood

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom checks out cranberries and how they are the Thanksgiving superfood with impressive health benefits. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.”     When it’s time to sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget to pass the cranberries. These little red berries have so many healthy reasons to deserve a place on your plate. They’re low in …


Bringing Persimmons into the Limelight

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Research

Persimmons are a sweet, flavorful fruit that hasn’t gotten much attention. That’s probably because many people don’t know what it is, how to eat it, or that it’s good for you. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their collaborators are working to bring this uncommon Asian native fruit into the limelight. In 2016, the United States exported 7.4 million pounds of …

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Florida Ag Expo is Wednesday

Dan Florida, Fruits, Vegetables

The 2017 Florida Ag Expo, a can’t-miss opportunity for growers and consultants looking to maximize profitability in fruit and vegetable production, will be held Wednesday in Balm. And Dr. Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says they have a great lineup for those who attend.


Jack O’ Lanterns Made With Fruit

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Everyone carves a pumpkin into a Jack O’ Lantern for Halloween, but, have you thought about carving some fruit. Cathy Isom gives you ideas about some great fruits you can use to make Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Sure, nothing screams Halloween more than the biggest, plumpest, perfectly carved pumpkin with a happy, …