Category: Agribusiness

UF/IFAS Researchers Use AI to Take the Guesswork out of Fruit Pricing

Pricing fruit comes down to a bit of art and some science for farmers. But new technology from the University of Florida may remove some of that guesswork. “Growers often rely on their gut to estimate a price… Read More

Wedgworth Leadership Institute Seeks Nominations for Class XI

By Christy Chiarelli GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture & Natural Resources (WLIANR) is accepting nominations for Class XI participants in one of Florida’s premier agricultural leadership programs. The two-year comprehensive program, which will… Read More

Hops are Hopping at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

WHO: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and friends of UF/IFAS. WHAT: Come to the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) and learn the latest in UF/IFAS hops research at… Read More

Grapefruit Grown Under Protective Screens Maximizes Fruit Yield

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Growers of one of Florida’s signature citrus crops, the grapefruit, may see more production and possibly less of the deadly citrus greening disease. Researchers have worked for four years, growing grapefruit under protective screens on… Read More

UF Scientists Sequence Vanilla Genome, Could Support Domestic Industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have sequenced the genome of Vanilla, which will help them select the best types for breeding new varieties of the popular plant to grow in Florida. Some consumers crave vanilla. The… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Find Aromatic Strawberry Variety Grows in South Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As National Strawberry Day approaches on Feb. 27, University of Florida scientists have found another variety that can grow in South Florida. It’s largely unknown to American consumers, it’s temptingly tasty and it’s good for… Read More

UAV-based Remote Sensing Can Help Avocado Growers by Detecting Asymptomatic Pathogen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Remote imaging can effectively detect a pathogen that endangers the $100 million-a-year Florida avocado industry – even before the trees show symptoms — University of Florida scientists say. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor of agricultural… Read More

UF Researchers to Breed a New Variety of Florida-Friendly Hops

APOPKA, Fla. – Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a two-year grant for $194,000 to breed varieties of hops that can grow in Florida. The researchers, based at the… Read More

UF/IFAS Honors Imogene Yarborough with Extension Advocate Award

APOPKA, Fla. – When Imogene Yarborough and her husband Ed started ranching in Seminole County in 1954, they foresaw a legacy of agriculture for their future generations. “We raised our four children with the guiding principle that this… Read More