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Researcher hopes to bring a competitive edge to growers in south Florida

Trent Blare has spent the last six years as a markets and value chain specialist for entities in Peru and Mexico focusing on small growers. He worked directly with... more »

Specialty crops industry may get tools to effectively manage food safety risks

Outbreaks of foodborne diseases threaten the daily lives of millions of Americans, resulting in recalls and sometimes loss of life. Providing an integrated food safety system for fresh fruits and vegetables that protects the food... more »

First Impact Award Laureates announced by Produce Marketing Association

Last October, at Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit, Joe Don Zetzsche, director of  BLOOMS Flowers by H-E-B, introduced the PMA Impact Award during his comments as the incoming chair of the Board of Directors.... more »

University of Georgia’s Huang gets nearly $1.6M from EPA for pollutant research

The EPA recently awarded nearly $1.6 million in research funding to University of Georgia’s Jack Huang to research cost-effective treatments to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water, wastewater and biosolids to ensure safe... more »

Growers embrace essential oils to suppress pests, diseases as organic sales soar

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to... more »

COVID-19 farmworker safety video series launched in Florida

As the fall harvest season begins, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are launching a nine-part video series created to provide guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for... more »

Florida farmers overcome COVID-19 impacts

More than 70% of Florida’s large farms sell to the service industry which includes theme parks, hotels, restaurants and cruise lines. When COVID-19 brought the tourism industry to a crashing halt this spring, farmers around... more »

‘GatorByte’ to detect water quality less expensively – and at different places, times

A water-quality buoy called ‘GatorByte” might help resource managers monitor water quality over space and time – all for as little as $1,500. Eban Bean, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE),... more »

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