Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes.

Strawberry Growers Globally Could Benefit From UF/IFAS Research Into Dangerous Disease

Strawberry farmers worldwide may get help from new University of Florida research that shows a way to battle one of the fruit’s fiercest foes. The key: combine genomic data with phenomics. The genome amounts to all the DNA in an organism. Phenomics is the study…

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close-up of blackberries and other types of berries from the same orchard at GCREC. “courtesy, Zhanao Deng, UF/IFAS.”

Tour A Florida Orchard As Part Of Inaugural UF/IFAS Blackberry Growing Conference May 25

Several years ago, farmers asked University of Florida scientists to help them produce blackberries as part of an effort to test whether so-called “alternative” crops could grow in the Sunshine State. For alternative crops, think hops, blackberries, pomegranates, and others. Researchers aim to supplement producers…

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Wednesday is National Orange Juice Day, and just in time for the celebration, Bradenton-based Tropicana introduced Tropicana Crunch, billed as “the first cereal made for OJ” - and, the company added, “maybe the last.”

Florida Orange Juice Maker Seeks To Boost Sales With New Cereal Made For OJ, Not Milk

When handed lemons, the old saying goes, make lemonade. When it comes to Florida’s beleaguered citrus industry, when nature hands you a bad crop, make cereal. Wednesday is National Orange Juice Day, and just in time for the celebration, Bradenton-based Tropicana introduced Tropicana Crunch, billed…

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Florida Say “Happy Mother’s Day” With A Plant – Maybe Even One Bred By UF/IFAS

As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, you can make mom feel special in any number of ways: Some of your options include fixing her breakfast, taking her out for dinner, and/or buying her flowers or a plant. Mother’s Day is May 8, and flora make for…

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Through a first-of-its kind survey, UF/IFAS has shown that tropical fish farmers bring over $172 million in sales to Florida’s economy.

UF Survey: Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Bring State $175 Million In Sales

Through a first-of-its-kind survey, UF/IFAS has shown that tropical fish farmers bring over $172 million in sales to Florida’s economy. The $172 million reflects the sales of fish by members of the Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Association (FTFFA) in 2021. That includes direct sales to…

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According to the plea agreement, Christina Gamez, 43, from March 2016 through August 2017, while working as a bookkeeper, manager, and supervisor for Los Villatoros Harvesting (LVH), a labor contracting company employing Mexican H-2A workers harvesting fruits and vegetables in Florida,

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty In Multi-State Racketeering Conspiracy, Forced Labor Of Mexican Ag H-2A Workers

A woman in Florida pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a federal racketeering conspiracy that victimized Mexican agricultural workers admitted into the United States under the H-2A temporary visa program. According to the plea agreement, Christina Gamez, 43, from March 2016 through August 2017, while working…

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