UF Research Shows Best Fungicides for Downy Mildew

By Karla Arboleda Gary Vallad, an associate professor at the University of Florida (UF), described the magnitude of downy mildew disease on specialty crops. “It (downy mildew) just kind of jumps from crop to crop,” Vallad said. “It flies around and moves from Florida all the way up the east coast.” In response to the level of concern about downy …

Five Reasons to Attend Florida Ag Expo

Florida Ag Expo is gearing up for its best year yet as AgNet Media partners with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to bring growers the latest information and research to keep their crops growing. While there are many reasons to attend the 2019 show, here are a few that may catch your eye. The …

Speaker Spotlight: Andrew Shirley

Florida Ag Expo prides itself on bringing the latest research to growers. The 2019 seminar program is expected to be the best yet with a wealth of knowledge coming from top researchers at the University of Florida (UF). Andrew Shirley, a doctoral student at the UF Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), will present his research on cucurbit disease …

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 …