Category: Agribusiness

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

Minor Wind and Rain, Storms Still Hurt Growers

In Martin County, Hurricane Dorian brought a potential for Category 5 storm force winds, rain, and storm surge.  Nursery, vegetable, aquaculture and other growers facing storms like Dorian must prepare for the worst.  Preparation and recovery efforts cost… 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

EVENT: Lost in label-land? We can help.

Organic. Free range. Natural. USDA certified. Grown locally. Cage free. NSF. FSIS. Choice. Prime. Locally sourced. Get dizzy trying to keep up with – let alone make sense of – the array of labels and acronyms and designations on… 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

Backyard Food Forest

Have you ever considered transforming your home landscape into a lush, thriving, food-producing system? Though it may seem like an impossible task, the design and creation of a backyard food forest is certainly possible. Our warm climate and… Read More