Professor Dr. Zhuang from UF IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center and UF IFAS Extension agent Gene McAvoy are part of a team that published a research paper in HortScience (the journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science) regarding the potential for over 100 Asian crops ranked feasible to grow in the eastern section of the United States #ufifassolutions, #vegetables, #asiancrops, #agriculture


“The rapid expansion of Asian populations in the United States provides significant opportunities and challenges for the produce sector to take advantage of their close proximity to densely populated areas,” Zhang said in a UF/IFAS press release.

If you want to read the original abstract, the title of the research paper is: “Asian Crops Overview: Consumer Preference and Cultivar Growth on the East Coast of the United States”, and the link to the abstract is here:

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Crop Insurance Deadline on Dec 31 in Florida

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Florida

Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Florida potato growers the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2017 crop year is December 31. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the December 31 sales closing date to do so.

Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2017 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Growers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at

Happy Thanksgiving


The Plant Producer Newsletter: In This Issue (pages):state-newsletter-fall-2016

1 Pesticide Spills: Preparation, Prevention…Get 1 free CORE pesticide credit, 2016

1,2 Pest Update: Whitefly Biotype Q

4 Danger in an Empty Container

5 Three New Crapemyrtles Released by USDA

6 Tech & Business

7 Research Highlights

8 Grower Spotlight

9 UF /IFAS Online Course for Disease (weeds) Management for Growers


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Zika vector control video

Enjoy this new video of how to control Zika vector (mosquitoes)

The title of the song is: Zika 101 

Enjoy while learning:

A rap video with simple steps for personal protection against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two known mosquito vectors of Zika virus. Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites and taking actions to limit mosquitoes on your property. The mosquitoes that spread Zika develop exclusively in small containers commonly found holding water around the yard.