How to Be an Advocate for Agriculture

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How can you be an advocate for agriculture? Ag advocacy is the act of informing individuals who may not be familiar with the story of agriculture about agricultural practices. There are many ways to be an advocate for agriculture, also known as an “agvocate”. During the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo this past week, a student workshop was held …

Researchers Scramble to Find Cure for Tenacious, Costly Sugarcane Virus

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From UF/IFAS Communications Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are working to find a cure or develop resistant varieties for a virus that is attacking sugarcane and sorghum throughout the Everglades agricultural region. Florida produces more than 50 percent of all sugarcane in the United States, making it the largest producer in the …

UF/IFAS Helps Local Farmers Break into the Local Food Movement

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When it comes to defining “local” food, things are hardly black and white. Instead, consumers perceive degrees of localness rather than firm local and non-local divisions, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found. Now researchers are using these findings to help Florida farmers effectively market their produce to Floridians. “There is no …

Pomegranate: The Super Fruit

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Many people don’t realize how useful the parts of a pomegranate can be. Cindy Weinstein, the president of the Florida Pomegranate Association, says that marketing efforts are being made in order to let consumers know of the beneficial uses that pomegranates offer to multiple fields. Weinstein says that pomegranate antioxidant research is happening to put pomegranates in the medical and …

Sterile Insect Release Facility Gets Upgrade

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 John D. Renshaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sterile insect technology director, says that the USDA Sterile Insect Release Facility is one of the department’s best-kept secrets. And since there are only 50 similar facilities worldwide, many might agree with him. The sterile insect program in Sarasota, Florida, has been sterilizing male Mediterranean fruit flies (medflies) from its facility on …

Celtuce

Kelsey Fry Leafy Vegetables, Uncategorized, Vegetables

What do you get when you cross celery and lettuce? Celtuce, of course. Cathy Isom tells you about a leafy vegetable that will have you doing a double-take.   Meet The Vegetable: Celtuce, a Mutant and Delicious Lettuce By Dan Nosowitz Ever shopped at a Chinese market and seen a strange, rough-skinned root-looking vegetable with a few weak leaves of …

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment

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EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees From the Environmental Protection Agency: WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some