Archive | February, 2016

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame – 15 interesting facts about who’s in there

– In 1980, Florida’s agriculture industry decided it needed a way to honor its leaders. The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame was created to do just that. Since then, nearly 150 inductees have been named, but that number doesn’t accurately represent the number of people honored. In some cases two or three people made up [...]

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Educate your legislators

By Jack Payne jackpayne@ufl.edu @JackPayneIFAS – We’ve been busy pursuing public support for the scientific search for solutions to the challenges Florida fruit and vegetable growers face. One reason for our success is that lawmakers can see that you have skin in the game. We’re working on a mechanically harvested tomato, better tasting strawberries, protection [...]

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Producer profile – Florida Pacific Farms

Producer profile – Florida Pacific Farms

– At Florida Pacific Farms in Dover, the buzz is all about sustainability. The farm, which grows strawberries and blueberries for Driscoll’s, has been on the forefront of Florida agriculture’s conservation efforts. Production Manager Bradley Ferguson has been with the operation for three years. That’s when Florida Pacific began recycling the huge sheets of plastic [...]

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Trade associate update – Valencia College

Trade associate member update Preparing tomorrow’s produce farmers at Valencia College Valencia College is on a mission to create the next generation of growers. Its Landscape and Horticulture Technology program soon will become the Plant Science and Agriculture Technology program. The college is keeping its present curriculum but adding new courses to prepare the fruit [...]

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Flashback – From The Harvester, February 1987

– Four inducted to Florida Ag Hall of Fame – Four outstanding contributors to Florida agriculture were recently inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. In ceremonies held in connection with the Florida State Fair in Tampa, citrusmen Ben Hill Griffin Jr. and Anthony T. Rossi, cattleman J.O. Pearce Jr. and the late James [...]

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VIDEO: FFVA trade associate member discusses UF’s DPM program

Dr. Javier Garces, a graduate of the University of Florida’s Doctor of Plant Medicine program, talks about how the program equipped him to find a great job and how companies can benefit by hiring DPM grads. Dr. Garces is featured in this month’s Trade Associate Update on Valencia College, where he teaches and heads up [...]

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