Scholarship Opportunity Invests in the Future of Florida Agriculture

As the new manager of the Florida Ag Expo, AgNet Media is excited about the many new features of this year’s event. One of the best additions to the 2019 program is a fundraiser in which 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward scholarships for graduate students at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). “We are proud …

Speaker Spotlight: Joshua Freeman

Growers seeking the latest information and research to help them succeed need look no further than the 2019 Florida Ag Expo seminar program. Two concurrent educational programs will take place. One of the sessions will focus on soil fumigation. Growers will hear from Joshua Freeman, a horticultural specialist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences North …

FSGA Looking Forward to Florida Ag Expo

Planning for the Florida Ag Expo is well underway, and anticipation is rising among many, including Florida’s strawberry growers. Tiffany Dale, director of member services and community relations for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA), says she is excited for AgNet Media to take over this year’s event and give it a fresh, new feel. As a major donor of …

A Fresh, New Look at Florida Ag Expo

More than a decade ago, growers Tony DiMare and Jay Taylor attended a fruit and vegetable tour and expo in Mexico. They realized Florida needed a similar type of event. As members of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) Advisory Council, both growers worked with the center to …

Creating Blackberry Varieties for Florida

The team at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) works on a multitude of crops historically grown in the Central Florida region. However, GCREC researchers have also been dedicating their time to finding new alternative crops for Florida. One of those crops is blackberries. Zhanao Deng, professor of ornamental …

A Look Inside the GCREC

Faculty members at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) pride themselves on providing cutting-edge research for Florida’s agriculture industries. Located in Wimauma, the 475-acre facility sits in the heart of Hillsborough County. The center features large fields of research plots, laboratories, educational programs and space for student living. …

Florida Meetings Increase Hemp Hype

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) recently held a series of workshops on the status of an industrial hemp industry in Florida. Since the passage of the 2018 farm bill, growers throughout the state have been wondering how and when they can begin producing the crop. The question-and-answer meetings were designed to address uncertainties and introduce a …

Meet Holly Bell at Florida Ag Expo

Ever since Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appointed Holly Bell in February as the first director of cannabis for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, people have been curious about Bell’s background. Raised on an Indiana farm, Bell has been working in the cannabis industry for a number of years. She received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics …

Nematodes in Florida Hops

By Karla Arboleda Florida conditions can cause crops to have increased problems in comparison to other regions, and it’s no different for hops. Microscopic nematodes are common all over the world, specifically in vegetables. Across Florida, hops growers have found root-knot nematodes in their crops. Johan Desaeger, a nematode researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural …

Be Aware of Pests in Hops

By Karla Arboleda As the Florida hops industry continues to steadily expand, growers should be aware of some new insights on the crop’s cultivation. Although hops research and the general hops industry are fairly new to Florida, in comparison to other North American regions, researchers have found a variety of different pests that show up in hops plants. According to …