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Freeze Impacts on Southeastern Crops Still Unknown

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Damage assessments to peaches and other southeastern crops will continue for weeks in the aftermath of this week’s freeze event. Rod Bain has the first part of this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: FRESH! Recipe: Vegetable Pasta

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On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is joined by Executive Chef Justin Timineri to talk about using what’s in season in his new Fresh! Recipe video: Vegetable Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Purple Versatile Vegetable


Do you want to add a little pzazz to your plate or salad? Cathy Isom tells us about the versatile vegetable with an eye-catching color. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

Seeds to Snow After the Frost and Snow

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Let’s start thinking about the garden. It is time to grab the garden tools and the seeds. Cathy Isom tells us about the veggies we can plant now – even in the colder weather. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Seed Trade Talks Underway at Disney

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The American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference is underway at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media is at the convention and spoke with ASTA President and CEO Andy LaVigne about the conference and why Disney World is a good venue for the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Record Turnout for ASTA Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference

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The American Seed Trade Association 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference concluded Tuesday at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media was at the convention and spoke with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne about the record turnout at this year’s conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 27, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 27, we discuss the fact many folks are in Orlando this weekend for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, talk about the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show coming up in Nashville, Tennessee, that Peanut Proud is accepting donations of money and product for those affected by the devastating storms and tornadoes, Super Bowl food, weather Read the rest of this entry »

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Seeking Top Student Chef

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FreshFromFloridaLOGOTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages 9th through 12th grade students to enter the department’s “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off before the upcoming deadline on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Students can submit original recipes featuring locally grown products for the chance to have their meal served in school cafeterias. For rules and Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

By Brad Buck, UF/IFAS

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Harry Klee, an eminent scholar and professor in the UF/IFAS horticultural sciences department, is pictured in the greenhouse with hybrid tomatoes derived from heirlooms. The tomatoes are part of a tomato flavor improvement project that is looking at producing hybrids that have great taste like heirlooms but better performance. The project is also looking at transferring the enjoyable taste of heirlooms into supermarket tomatoes.

Some consumers crave tastier tomatoes than those they buy at the supermarket, so a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher led a global team of scientists that found chemical combinations for better flavor.

In a study published in the journal Science, Harry Klee, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, led an international research team that included scientists from China, Israel and Spain. Researchers identified chemicals that contribute to tomato flavor.

Step one was to find out which of the hundreds of chemicals in a tomato contribute the most to taste. Learn more and watch the video.

ASTA Holding 2017 Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference in Orlando

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Folks from across the country and from other parts of the world will be here in the Southeast this weekend, as the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) will hold their 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, January 28-31 in Orlando, Florida. ASTA CEO, Andy LaVigne, says it will take place at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort next to EPCOT Center. Read the rest of this entry »

National Green Juice Day

National Green Juice Day
Cathy Isom fills us in about the National food holiday that will have you seeing and possibly drinking lots of green. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

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