Category: Agribusiness

UF Students Design Corn Maze for Plant City Family Farm

By Kim Scotto-Kelley GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second year in a row, students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) geomatics program are partnering with a Florida family farm to promote agritourism. The Single… Read More

UF to Host Leader in Organic Farming

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Organic farming is a multimillion-dollar industry in Florida, with certified organic farms having generated $72.4 million in produce sales statewide in 2016. To highlight the practice of growing organically, the University of Florida/IFAS will host… Read More

UF/IFAS TREC Plant Diagnostic Clinic: Keeping Florida’s Diverse Horticulture Industry Healthy

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — When humans develop signs and symptoms of sickness or infection, they turn to medical health professionals. When fruit crops, vegetables, and ornamental plants show signs and symptoms of illness or disease, growers and horticulture businesses… Read More

Labeling in the horticulture industry – consumers are paying attention

Consumers are willing to pay more for fruit plants with labels that incorporate logos they recognize, a recent University of Florida study finds. As the first research of its kind, the findings may help growers increase the marketability… Read More

Updated Perishable Food Transportation Guidelines Now Available

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 1987 handbook published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s division of Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) received a 21st-century update thanks to a team led by University of Florida researchers. “Many people in the food… Read More

Laurie Hurner: From the Family Farm to County Extension Director, Citrus is in Her Blood

SEBRING, Fla. — Laurie Hurner grew up in a fifth-generation Florida citrus-growing family, and she and her sisters worked their farm in Highlands County. “My parents had three daughters,” said Hurner, the director of UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Continue Work on Saving Guacamole’s Key Ingredient

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — There is no shortage of interest or appetite for guacamole. When you consider the endless variety of recipes for dishes and dips that you can dig into, coupled with an annual designation of September 16… Read More

Agricultural Producers Urged to Learn About Irrigating Wisely at Free UF Event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County will host a free event highlighting water-saving technologies available to agricultural producers and how this equipment has already aided growers in the area. Irrigating Wisely in Florida’s Agriculture, held at Brown’s… Read More

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