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USDA Provides Funding to Florida to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dan Aquaculture, Cattle, Citrus, Environment, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Podcast, Research, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Water

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $7.2 million to Florida as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing $66 million in funding this year to support 407 projects in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and …

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It Could Be Lights Out for Some Diseases and Pests in Strawberries

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Research, Specialty Crops

Natalia Peres envisions a day when light from a machine that resembles a spacecraft helps prevent powdery mildew from causing much damage to strawberries. Peres, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, works with a global group of scientists studying how to use ultraviolet light to suppress plant pathogens. Powdery mildew …

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National Nutrition Month Advice: Eat More Fresh, Fewer Processed Foods

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Nutrients from fresh foods give you “more bang for your nutritional buck,” says a registered dietitian with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “For every calorie, there’s also going to be a lot of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in that food that contribute to our health,” said Laura Acosta, also a lecturer in the UF/IFAS …

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Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

Dan Education, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

This one-day workshop is being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on …

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Perdue Calls on Agriculture to Fight Back against Movement

Dan Fruits, Technology, Vegetables

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is calling on agriculture to fight back against the “Fear Your Food” movement. During last week’s Ag Outlook Forum, Perdue said the “Fear Your Food” movement could harm efforts to feed the world’s soaring population and shouldn’t go unanswered.  “This growing fear has the potential to sideline, deter, critical technologies that we already use, and derail …

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UF/IFAS Researchers Find Aromatic Strawberry Variety Grows in South Florida

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

As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for local markets, UF researchers say. Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led a team …