thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More

Dan Economy, Fruits, Pecans, Poultry, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

While last year’s cost of a Thanksgiving Day dinner was the lowest it had been since 2010, this year is a bit different. Americans, for the most part, are spending a bit more at the grocery store this year on turkeys and all the sides. According to a survey conducted earlier this month by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Thanksgiving dinner costs …

lawsuit

Feds File Lawsuit to Try to Block U.S. Sugar Deal

Dan Specialty Crops, Sugar

(TALLAHASSEE/Nov 23, 2021/NSF) — Saying the deal would reduce competition and lead to higher prices, federal antitrust officials Tuesday filed a lawsuit to try to block U.S. Sugar Corp. from purchasing another large player in the sugar industry. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the lawsuit in federal court in Delaware, arguing that the combination of Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar and Imperial Sugar …

nutrient

Technologies for Improved Nutrient Analysis

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Fruits, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Technology, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

Nutrient management is important for citrus production. Regular nutrient assessments should be conducted to optimize nutrient balance and prevent deficiencies or over-fertilization. Optimizing nutrition is important for tree health and can improve tolerance to stresses and diseases. Good nutrient management requires regular field monitoring to identify problems and examine crop responses. Leaves need to be collected and sent to a …

Delta variant

Protect Against the COVID-19 Delta Variant

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Coronavirus, Dairy, Field Crops, Forestry, Fruits, General, Hemp, Herbs, Industry, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

If you would have asked us last September if there would still be a need to write a tip about COVID-19 a year later, our answer would have been, “We sure hope not.” So, what’s changed? The simplest explanation is the emergence of the Delta variant. When you hear us talk about food safety, we don’t often talk about variants. …

crop dumping

Crop Dumping by Mexico Targeted by Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried

Dan Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Trade, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

Concerns about crop dumping have been a refrain in the state since shortly after the North American Free Trade Agreement was approved more than a quarter century ago. (TALLAHASSEE/August 30, 2021) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Monday urged people to purchase Florida-grown blueberries, strawberries and other produce to help counter what she described as “unfair foreign trade practices” by …

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week Underway

Dan Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Dairy, Field Crops, Fruits, Herbs, Livestock, Marketing, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed this first week of August as National Farmers Market Week. It is a way to champion the direct-to-consumer producers, market managers, and customers that make their communities come alive during market days. According to a story from Rod Bain, highlights of the week are not only the markets themselves, but the innovations that allow these institutions to …

heat-related

Avoiding Heat-Related Deaths

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Citrus, Dairy, Field Crops, Fruits, General, Hemp, Herbs, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables, Weather

A new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) report showed 215 people in Florida died from heat-related causes in the last 10 years. The fact that heat-related deaths happen throughout the year surprised the researchers who wrote the report. Serap Gorucu, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, helped write the report. She and …

crop yield

Estimating Crop Yield With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Dan Agri-Business, Citrus, Field Crops, Fruits, Hemp, Herbs, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pecans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

A researcher at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in Greece is using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to estimate crop yield. “Crop yield is the most important piece of information for crop management in precision agriculture. Early crop yield estimations allow farmers to optimize farm operation scheduling, field management and product marketing decisions,” said AUA associate professor Spyros Fountas. Fountas …