Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Vegetables

As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida researchers. Better still, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops in Florida to help growers and consumers. When …

Citrus Production Guide Provides Perfect Tool for Growers

Randall Weiseman Citrus, Florida

Researchers at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) have revamped the Citrus Production Guide. What used to be a guide focused on pest management has stretched its scope to include horticulture and plant pathology, among other topics. Lauren Diepenbrock, an entomologist at the CREC, encourages citrus growers to grab a copy of the guide. Regarding HLB, the guide offers …


Revamping Communication with Citrus Growers

Randall Weiseman Citrus, Florida

Florida citrus growers now have a one-stop-shop for everything citrus research coming out of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). A new website, monthly enewsletter and monthly podcast was announced by UF/IFAS last month during the Citrus Expo. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources with UF, says this “All In for …


USDA Launches Trade Mitigation Programs

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Economy, Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Livestock, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  Producers of certain commodities can now sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), while USDA will also begin to purchase identified commodities under a food purchase and distribution program.  Additionally, USDA has begun …


Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company Purchases New Facility

Randall Weiseman Citrus, Florida

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company recently announced the purchase of a new facility. The Fort Pierce, Florida native company is expanding, but they are not traveling too far from home. Actually, they are not traveling away from home at all. The juice company announced the beginnings of a new 55,000 square-foot building on 11 acres. The building will be located …


Florida-Grown Foods Part of Rich Tailgating Tradition

Dan Beef, Citrus, Corn, Dairy, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pork, Poultry, Vegetables

Set up the grill; it’s tailgating season. Chicken, burgers, corn, slaw, potato salad, chips – and maybe some fresh fruits and vegetables — are just some staples for the weekly ritual that coincides with football season. Some will win before the games start by eating Florida-grown foods. College football enthusiasts nationwide can take comfort in tips from University of Florida …

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Florida Orange Crop Bouncing Back Post-Hurricane

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Florida orange growers appear to be catching a break this year, following last year’s devastating hurricane season and declines due to citrus greening. The state may harvest 70 million boxes of oranges this year, compared to just 44.9 million last year, which was the smallest crop since 1945. Highlands County Citrus Growers Association executive director Ray Royce told Bloomberg “a …


UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release, Research

Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability researchers have begun to test an insect-killing fungus applied with horticultural oil sprays in …

Homeowners to Receive Payments by October in Canker Fight

Randall Weiseman Citrus

A legal fight over citrus canker has finally come to a close after 17 years. The law firm that represented the homeowners believe that payments should be received by October. Each homeowner can expect to receive at least $600. Citrus canker, which reappeared in Florida in 1986, is a bacterial disease that can cause blemishes on the fruit, and in …