Tag Archives: USDA

Solution Found For Disease Threatening Avocado Production

By on December 5th, 2014 | Last updated: December 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

UF Researchers and researchers from the Tropical Research and Education Center, USDA and the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce have found an alternate way to control the spread of Laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry.

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Air Potato Beetle Becomes Big Help To Florida Farmers

By on October 24th, 2014 | Last updated: October 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

With the controlled release of the air potato leaf beetle in Florida and around the U.S., the aggressive air potato vine finally has a predator.

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Organic Farming Sustains Popularity Despite High Costs

By on April 17th, 2014 | Last updated: April 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

North Central farmers are straying away from pesticide-filled, genetically engineered foods with an emphasis on organic practices. The number of organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years.

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Panelists Discuss Local Food, Farming at UF Law School

By on February 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: February 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Former Asst. Deputy for Global Trade at the USDA weighs in on the impact of U.S. farm policy on local farming.

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Dr. Michael Avery or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Vultures

By on December 9th, 2013 | Last updated: December 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

One local researcher is an international expert in avian wildlife management and how birds like vultures impact human activity, and vice versa.

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Two Alachua County schools win healthy eating award

By on December 12th, 2012 | Last updated: December 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Twelve schools throughout Florida have won the Healthy Schools program’s Gold Award to honor its nutrition choices.

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10 Billion Lives Tour stop at UF exposes mistreatment of farm animals

By on November 1st, 2012 | Last updated: December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Farm Animal Rights Group and the 10 Billion Lives Tour visited the UF campus Thursday to expose mistreatment of farm animals killed for food consumption.

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Projections show increased crops and lower prices this year for citrus

By and on October 12th, 2012 | Last updated: September 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

New citrus production projections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday are predicting price decreases this growing season. The department’s projections estimate that Florida citrus growers will produce 154 million boxes of oranges, 20.3 million boxes of grapefruit, 4.4 […]

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Alachua County public schools add healthier lunch options, increase cost

By on September 14th, 2012 | Last updated: September 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

More fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and no trans-fat. Those are some of the new guidelines appearing on Alachua County public school students’ lunch trays this fall. The newer, healthier standards are being implemented as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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