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FFVA offers must-have food safety training

FFVA is working to ensure that producers are getting the training they need to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Two of the seven new rules being implemented under the law directly affect growers and handlers of fresh Florida produce: the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule and the Produce Safety rule. Signed into [...]

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Keeping FAST TRACK on the right track

Stakeholders in the fresh citrus industry will have a chance to offer their thoughts on the program that allows them to test new fruit varieties and market them on a fast track. The program, aptly called FAST TRACK, will hold an open forum Jan. 5 at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake [...]

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Biopesticides — part of the tool chest

If you told someone who doesn’t work in agriculture that a mustard seed could be classified as a pesticide, they’d probably give you a funny look. Or how about balsam fir oil? These are examples of biopesticides. And according to some growers, that label is a problem. Two Florida growers, a researcher from a chemical [...]

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UF/IFAS teams to “chase big ideas”

— Special to the Harvester — By Jack Payne jackpayne@ufl.edu @JackPayneIFAS The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences already ranks in the top three land-grant universities in numbers of plant breeders, cultivars developed, and cultivars licensed for commercial propagation. We’re getting even stronger. We’ve just brought to the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and [...]

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Celebrate National Farmers Day

It’s National Farmer’s Day! Make it a celebration. October 12 is National Farmer’s Day. It’s a good time to make sure you’re talking about, thinking about and appreciating the hardworking men and women who bring food and fiber to our homes. National Farmer’s Day was first observed as Old Farmers Day in the 19th century. [...]

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FFVA 2016: Networking, information and relaxation

FFVA’s 73rd annual convention, which wrapped up recently in Naples, was marked by strong attendance, relevant issues forums and plenty of opportunities to network. The event is designed to give attendees and experience that is informative, relaxing, worth their time and keeps them engaged with FFVA. Here are some highlights: One reason participation at FFVA’s [...]

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