Machine Harvest Development Key to Sustainability of Specialty Crops

Jim Rogers Specialty Crops, Technology

By Clint Thompson Machine harvesters are a key to Southeast farming operations remaining sustainable for the foreseeable future. More research funding is needed so scientists like Changying (Charlie) Li, professor in the University of Georgia School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, can develop advancements for specialty crop producers. “Imagine if we don’t need any labor, just deploy the robots and …

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‘Unknown’ Future for Florida Tomato Industry Following Freeze

Jim Rogers Florida, Tomatoes, Weather

By Clint Thompson The Jan. 30 freeze event that impacted numerous specialty crops across Florida has created an ‘unknown’ outlook for the tomato industry. Josh Freeman, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) associate professor in horticultural science, discusses what the damage sustained by tomatoes in the southern part of the state means for production in north …

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UF/IFAS Vegetable Production Handbook Debuts at Citrus Expo

Dan Cooper Florida, General, Industry News Release, Vegetables

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — Last year, the Citrus Expo event broke new ground by adding a day-long program devoted to vegetables and specialty crops, curated by experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. This year, when the program returns to Citrus Expo Aug. 14-15 at the Lee County Civic Center in North Fort Myers, organizers …


Cold Wave Threatens Specialty Crops in Some Regions

Dan Cooper Weather

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop producers, particularly in areas like the deep southeast and other regions where some tender crops can be produced year round, like to keep their eyes on the weather not only in their own local areas, but also in areas far away where damage to similar crops elsewhere could impact their situation too, in one way …

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Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Specialty Crop Production Programs

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs aimed at benefiting specialty crop production. Members heard from a panel of witnesses who highlighted the various programs available for specialty crops ranging from promotion programs and crop insurance to trade …