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Tag: Food and Resource Economics

UF study: Fully recyclable packaging makes consumers feel better about meal kits

Meal kits are growing in popularity, with national sales predicted to increase from $4.6 billion in 2017 to $11.6 billion in 2022. Such kits include pre-cut raw foods and recipe cards to prepare a home-cooked… Read More

Tomato trade with Mexico could cost U.S. growers $250M a year, UF study shows

As Mexico increases tomato exports across the world, including to the United States, prices plummet for American growers, including those in Florida. That practice could cost American growers as much as $252 million per year… Read More

UF economic report details select marine industry and tourism impacts from 2018 red tide event

image - FWC courtesy drone view of Red Tide along Florida's coast

A survey on the 2018 red tide event was conducted in 2020 for those in marine-dependent industries operating out of Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Charter/for-hire businesses that responded to… Read More

Helping smaller farms make more profitable hiring decisions

A NIFA-funded, University of Florida-led project will develop a software for small- and medium-sized farms to calculate potential labor costs and weigh hiring decisions in terms of long- and short-term profitability. The tool will be… Read More

Want to grow your own vegetable garden? New UF/IFAS guide helps estimate costs, savings

image- winter garden vegetables

One third of all U.S. households participate in some type of food gardening with vegetable gardening being the most common type. UF/IFAS Extension agents from throughout the Sunshine State have released a guide to help… Read More

UF food and resource economics faculty, alumna recognized for impact in field

awards and recognitions

Two faculty members and one alumna from the University of Florida/IFAS food and resource economics department received national awards at the annual Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) conference this week. Lisa House, Misti Sharp and… Read More

Upcoming event: Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference 2021

The UF/IFAS food and resource economics department (FRED) hosts a conference each spring to examine critical policy issues facing Florida agribusiness leaders and provide insights on economic factors that can inform business and policy decisions…. Read More

Most Americans’ CARES Act stimulus checks went to basic needs, UF economists find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Although direct payments to Americans have been utilized during previous economically challenging times – the last as part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 – never before had the world looked… Read More

Economists estimate $55-100M hit to Florida agriculture due to Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally impacts preliminary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The combination of crops, livestock and aquaculture products lost as a result of Hurricane Sally will likely be valued between $55 million and $100 million, University of Florida economists predict. The estimate… Read More

At stake in Sally’s wake: $400 million in Florida Panhandle agricultural products

flooded soybean field

As slow-moving Hurricane Sally approached the Gulf Coast – eventually making landfall as a category 2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday morning – its bands enveloped most of the Florida Panhandle. But like… Read More