Florida

Florida Tomato Committee proposes assessment increase

The Florida Tomato Committee is proposing to raise the rate growers and handlers are assessed from 2.5 cents to 3.5 cents for each 25 pounds. The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, which oversees the Florida, will... more »

John Davis is new interim dean at UF/IFAS

John Davis will take over as interim dean for University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Research and as the director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station. “John is the person UF/IFAS... more »

Florida growers affected by Hurricane Idalia to receive assistance

Florida has launched two agricultural disaster recovery programs with more than $112 million in funding for farmers, ranchers and growers affected by Hurricane Idalia. Idalia came ashore at Keaton Beach in Taylor County in Florida's... more »

UF tomato breeder Sam Hutton joins Lipman

Sam Hutton, a renowned University of Florida (UF) tomato breeder, has joined Lipman Family Farms' R&D team as the grower-shipper's senior breeder. Since 2010, Hutton has worked at UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’... more »

Gene McAvoy among 2024 Florida Ag Hall of Fame inductees

Three Florida agricultural industry leaders are the newest additions to the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Eugene “Gene” McAvoy, a longtime southwest Florida regional vegetable and horticultural extension agent, John Hoblick, a retired longtime president... more »

Growing lettuce in non-traditional areas of Florida

Each year, U.S. farmers produce enough lettuce to feed everyone in the country. Up to 73% of U.S. lettuce comes from California producers and is distributed nationwide through extensive retail chains. Lettuce grown in Florida... more »

UF International Flavor Summit scheduled

Industry professionals and leading researchers in flavor science are planning to discuss how to make foods more flavorful during the International Flavor Summit in Orlando, Florida. Scheduled for March 4-5, the summit is designed to... more »

UF study: aphids deter pollinators such as monarch butterflies from tropical milkweed 

Though aphids are the bane of many home gardeners’ existence, a new study University of Florida (UF) study shows the tiny pests also pose problems for the iconic monarch butterfly. Insect pollinators are essential for... more »

UF/IFAS recognizes ADA impact

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is recognizing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped farming. As July 26 marked the 33rd anniversary of the ADA, UF... more »

Ag-Mart Produce ceases Florida tomato production

Florida tomato grower Ag-Mart Produce is ceasing domestic farming of its signature grape tomatoes, citing below-market pricing on imports. The company, which operates as Santa Sweets, reported its plans in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining... more »

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