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May 23, 2017

Agriculture

UF-developed mandarin shows increased tolerance to greening

While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2017

Florida probes Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride on chicken pricing

Top U.S. chicken companies Tyson Foods Inc and Pilgrim's Pride Corp said on Monday that Florida's attorney general sought information from them regarding a probe into possible anticompetitive behavior, widening a legal review into chicken pricing. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2017

Could hemp replace oranges as Florida's agricultural powerhouse?

Hemp, Inc. reports Florida legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research. According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that "authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects" has been "pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c)" Read more »
Published on 4/25/2017

USDA Announces $21.8 Million in Funding to Combat Citrus Disease

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Read more »
Published on 4/14/2017

Florida wildfires burn two-and-a-half times more acreage than same time last year

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that Florida wildfires have burned 250 percent more acreage during the first three months of 2017 than last year during the same time period. Read more »
Published on 3/23/2017

Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on the historically low citrus crop forecast

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down four-percent from the February forecast: Read more »
Published on 3/10/2017

The Andersons enters into agreement to sell farm center locations in Florida

The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announces it has signed an agreement to sell its farm center locations in Florida to Wedgworth's Inc., of Belle Glade, Florida. This agreement includes real estate and assets owned by The Andersons at Zellwood, Clewiston, and Lake Placid as well as the assets and operations located in Immokalee. Read more »
Published on 3/7/2017

Florida orange estimate drops 1 million cartons

Florida's troubled citrus industry continues to trend downward, with orange production estimates slipping another million boxes in the past month, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture production report. Read more »
Published on 2/13/2017

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation's citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. Read more »
Published on 2/9/2017

University of Florida Celebrating a Century of Citrus Research

Nearly a century ago, a group of Polk County citrus growers raised about $14,000 to buy land for a research station. Now, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center. Read more »
Published on 2/3/2017

UF-led team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavor

What's wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavor, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

USDA files action against American Fruit & Produce Corporation in Florida for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against American Fruit & Produce Corporation. Read more »
Published on 1/19/2017

APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Miami-Dade County, Florida

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2017

Fresh From Florida takes on tomatoes

“The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services implemented a robust marketing campaign in 2016 to promote Florida tomatoes,” said Jackie Moalli, senior marketing and development manager. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2016

Florida orange production holds steady in December forecast

The USDA forecasts 72 million boxes of Florida oranges, 9.3 million boxes Florida grapefruit. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2016

Hive rustlers: Thefts sting Florida beekeepers

A series of bee-hive thefts has stung Florida's beekeepers. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

Life after citrus

With citrus devastated by greening, some growers are letting their land sit idle. Others are trying new crops. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

A better lure to detect and control an avocado pest

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist has developed a new tool for Florida avocado producers increasingly concerned about a disease that is killing their trees. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2016

Citrus forecast sees small boost

The latest citrus forecast numbers this season have seen a slight uptick, but they fall far short of previous years. Read more »
Published on 11/11/2016

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