Fried on International Trade Commission Vote on Imported Blueberries

Dan Exports/Imports, Florida, Fruits, News from Our Sponsors, Specialty Crops

(FDACS) — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that blueberries were not being imported into the United States in such quantities as to harm the domestic blueberry industry nationwide. Earlier this month, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried testified before the ITC that Mexico’s market share for blueberries had skyrocketed 2,100 percent since 2009, while Florida’s market share decreased 38 percent since 2015, indicating …


Blueberry App Developed to Help Growers Battle Diseases and Pests

Dan Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Pest/Pest Control, Specialty Crops, Technology

(UF/IFAS) — A new University of Florida app will help the state’s blueberry growers identify and manage disease and insect injuries commonly encountered in Florida before their crop is ruined. Collectively, blueberries are a $60 million-per-year crop in Florida. Patricio Munoz, the UF/IFAS blueberry breeder and an assistant professor of horticultural sciences, came up with the vision for, and supervised …

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Georgia: Not Just Peaches and Peanuts

Dan Citrus, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Organic, Peanuts, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Inaugural tour introduces variety of Georgia Grown products, featuring site tours and gourmet meals. Georgia Grown, the marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, wants everyone to know that the state produces more than just peaches and peanuts. That’s why Georgia Grown is hosting international and national media guests, grocery buyer executives, state officials and culinary …


Agri View: Blueberries – An Expanding Crop

Dan Agri View, Fruits, Georgia

Everett Griner talks about why production of blueberries is expanding in today’s Agri View. Blueberries – An Expanding Crop Blueberries are not a major crop, but one that is growing in importance wherever it is grown. Georgia has become one of those states. A short time ago, the crop had only a few people interested. Time has made a big …

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Georgia Blueberry Growers Suffer Second Consecutive Year of Loss

Dan Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Commissioner Gary W. Black hosted a conference call to connect Georgia blueberry growers and agricultural industry representatives with USDA Under-secretary Bill Northey to discuss recent loss assessments for the 2018 blueberry crop. According to University of Georgia Extension, overall losses of both highbush and rabbiteye varieties could exceed 60 percent. This would mark the second consecutive year of significant loss …

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Southern Region Noncitrus Fruit and Nut

Dan Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops

Key findings for the Southern Region: Avocados: Florida’s utilized production is down 13 percent from 2015 and the associated value of production is down 7 percent. The Laurel Wilt disease continues to have a negative impact on Florida avocado groves. Blueberries: The value of utilized production for the United States is down 13 percent for 2016. Georgia’s utilized production is …

Achieving ‘Bliss’: Children, Adults Differ in How They Perceive Sweetness of Fruits

Dan Education, Fruits, Research

by Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Most children want their food to taste sweet. So, do you want your child to eat a candy bar or fruit when they have a snack? A team of researchers from the University of Florida and the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Pennsylvania found children and adults differ in …

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Georgia Freeze Damage Update from Commissioner Black

Dan Fruits, Georgia, Specialty Crops

It was a month ago that Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was able to survey the damage to fruit and vegetable crops from freezing temperatures that had hit the state. The South Georgia blueberry crop was the hardest hit, and it was estimated then that losses could be as much as 80 percent of expected production. Late last week, Black …