UF/IFAS Researcher Hopes to Breed, Grow Nutritious Pumpkins in Florida

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research, Specialty Crops

Pumpkins and their seeds are good for you. For example, the flesh of the fruit is a good source of many vitamins and fiber, and its seeds provide unsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol, among their other health benefits. The pumpkin’s nutrient values are driving Geoffrey Meru, a fruit and vegetable geneticist at the University of Florida Institute of Food …

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National Strawberry Day brings attention to UF/IFAS varieties

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Vance Whitaker toils day and night to develop the tastiest, best-looking, aromatic strawberries a consumer would want. Yummy enough for a nutritious snack or to help flavor a cake or pie just in time for National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27. Whitaker, an associate professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, leads …

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Agri View: Florida Peaches

Dan Agri View, Fruits

Everett Griner talks about Florida Peaches, possible a new crop for Florida, in today’s Agri View. Florida Peaches I recently did an article about Georgia farmers growing citrus fruit. Well, now I have a feature story about growing peaches in Florida. The stories are very similar. The practice is very limited at this time. But, it is fairly certain that …


Agri View: Healthy Eating

Dan Agri View, Fruits, Vegetables

Everett Griner talks about healthy eating, something few Americans properly do, in today’s Agri View. Healthy Eating OK, how much fruit and vegetables do you eat eat each day? Not enough? Well, the Center for Disease Control recently did a very new study. Based on what they found out the vast majority of Americans fall way short of the recommended …

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Georgia Blueberry Growers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment for Market Order

Dan Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Starting March 1, Georgia blueberry growers will have the opportunity to vote on renewing the grower assessment, which funds the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Blueberries. The Commission is charged by law with providing programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of Georgia blueberry growers. Most of the funds received by the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Blueberries are …

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Agri View: Banner Pecan Nut Year

Dan Agri View, Fruits

Everett Griner talks about Whole pecan nut industry growing in today’s Agri View. Banner Pecan Nut Year Now, Georgia’s 2017 pecan crop was almost a record breaker until that destructive Hurricane Irma tore through. Things were not that bad in the western states. Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. They had a very productive season. But, this report is about …


Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice

Dan Fruits, Organic, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Everyone makes a New Year’s Resolution. Cathy Isom helps keep those of us that made one about staying healthy, and on a diet by telling us about a day devoted to getting your greens. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice January 26th is National Green Juice Day. A food holiday …