‘Sweet Grown Alabama’ Statewide Agricultural Branding Program Launches

Dan Alabama, Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Shoppers looking to buy local and support Alabama farmers will soon have a new way to identify locally grown products with the Sweet Grown Alabama logo.  “As I travel across the state, most of the questions I receive from consumers are about their food and where it comes from,” said Commissioner Rick Pate of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and …


UF/IFAS Researchers Honored for Avocado Integrated Pest Management

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

(UF/IFAS) — University of Florida officials recognized a team of research scientists with a High Impact Research Publication award for an article published in the May 2018 edition of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, an international scholarly science journal. The publication, “Identification of the Achilles heels of the laurel wilt pathogen and its beetle vector,” introduces new pest management tactics for …


DOC Announces Preliminary Dumping Margin on Mexican Tomato Imports

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Department of Commerce Refutes Mexican Claims of No Dumping:Announces Preliminary Dumping Margin of 25% on Mexican Tomato Imports On July 24, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that Mexican tomatoes are being dumped in the United States.  The preliminary average dumping margin is 25.28 percent. This announcement refutes the recent Mexican claims that the data submitted to the DOC …


UF/IFAS Researchers Use AI to Take the Guesswork out of Fruit Pricing

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research

GAINESVILLE, FL (UF/IFAS) — Pricing fruit comes down to a bit of art and some science for farmers. But new technology from the University of Florida may remove some of that guesswork. “Growers often rely on their gut to estimate a price for their crop,” said Daniel Lee, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of …

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Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Cathy Isom reviews the different varieties, as well as gives you tips for growing tomatoes in hanging baskets. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Having your own freshly-picked homegrown tomatoes can still be done even if your short on space, like a small garden or even a balcony. That’s because tomatoes will happily grow in hanging baskets.  Additionally, …

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Why You Need to Grow Mixed Berries at Home

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom fills you in on what kind, as well as the many reasons why you should grow mixed berries at home. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Berries are well regarded for the healthful values, particularly anti-oxidants for fighting off cancer and brain deterioration. Plus, they have lots of vitamins and minerals. Growing mixed berries at home …


Some Things You Can Use as Strawberry Planters

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

In todays program, Cathy Isom has several great ideas about some things you can use as strawberry planters. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Strawberries are some of the best plants to grow in containers. These small plants with shallow roots can grow successfully in pots as small as 10 inches across and 8 inches deep. When you’re …


Beneath the Earth, the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Holds a Key to Crop Growth

Dan Citrus, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Soil, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Like much of what lies just beneath the earth’s surface, soil microbes present a mystery. University of Florida scientist Sarah Strauss seeks to help untangle the web of intrigue surrounding soil microbes to improve agricultural production in Florida and globally. “There are microbial activities going on that we don’t exactly understand. It’s known as the ‘black …


Grow Drought Tolerant Edible Plants

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Most areas of the country have issues with water. A lot of us also like to grow our own fruit and vegetables. Cathy Isom lets us know about some drought tolerant edible plants. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. There are several drought-tolerant productive plant choices that’ll put out fruits and veggies without much in the way of …