UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

Dan Florida, Fruits, Research

Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led recently published research that shows that multispectral cameras can detect laurel wilt …


Celebrating National Apricot Day

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has us celebrating a popular summer fruit that is recognized in the winter. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Apricots ripen in the early summer, but they’re quite commonly dried so that way we can enjoy them year round.  Apricot lovers recognize today as National Apricot Day. The apricot’s velvety flesh is similar to that of their …

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Commodity Classic Early Registration Discount Ends January 10

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Thursday, January 10th is the deadline for the early registration discount for Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit Commodity Classic.com. A complete schedule of events is also available on the …


Desantis Urged to Help Farmers on Trade Deal

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Trade, Vegetables

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is being urged to use his close ties with President Donald Trump to bolster efforts to help Florida farmers fend off low-priced crop imports that weren’t addressed in the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement. During a conference call last week, several members of DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & …


Celebrating National Fruitcake Day

Dan Fruits, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom gives us a bit of history about a delicious, fruity holiday treat that’s been enjoyed for thousands of years.   That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Across the United States, fruitcake lovers young and old observe National Fruitcake Day every year on this day.  Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices and sometimes soaked …


USDA Highlights Opportunities for Producers and Vendors

Dan Dairy, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Vegetables

Apples, Grapes, Oranges, Pork, Fluid Milk and more Earlier, a new USDA Foods vendor delivered 2,000 gallons of fresh milk to the D.C. Capital Area Food Bank. The delivery was one of many taking place at food banks across the country resulting from purchases made by the USDA to provide market support to the dairy industry. USDA Foods are a …


Register Now for Georgia Produce Safety Rule Training

Dan Fruits, Georgia, Vegetables

The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants to make sure produce growers know November 30th is the deadline to sign-up for a free one-day workshop designed to 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, which will be held December 4 …

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Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Held in Chilton County

Dan Alabama, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

The Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) held its annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 15-16 where 250 attendees heard from industry leaders, elected officials and university & Extension professionals. “It was exciting to see the fruit and vegetable farmers from across Alabama come together for this event,” said AFVGA Executive Director Hunter McBrayer. “It was an …