Fungus might provide the solution to a disease that strikes tomatoes. Scientists from the University of Florida are working on this method as a means to help control Fusarium wilt. Tomatoes represent Florida’s main vegetable crop, with 28,000 acres commercially harvested in 2017, worth US$262 million. Funded by a three-year grant from the USDA, associate professor of plant pathology, Gary Vallad, is working with colleagues from other universities to develop an approach using a fungus called trichoderma to combat Fusarium wilt.
US researchers study fungus to combat Fusarium wilt
USDA eases minimum grapefruit sizes
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the adoption of an interim rule change that will relax the minimum size requirements of grapefruit. The new ruling, which came into force on April 24th, prescribes that minimum sizes of imported and domestically produced grapefruit will change from 3 5⁄16 inches to 3 inches in diameter. This reduction in size requirement is a response to increased market demand for small-sized grapefruit and an effort to support smaller producers, particularly those dealing with the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irma by reducing fruit loss.
Damages to Florida Agriculture Caused by Hurricane Irma Total $2.5 Billion and Expected to Rise
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida amount to over $2.5 billion.
These preliminary economic assessments include: current crop losses and ancillary losses, such as debris clean-up, damaged infrastructure, and animals' long-term welfare. This preliminary assessment will change as new information becomes available, and does not reflect any specific funding request.
Florida headed for smaller citrus crop
50 years of cold chain logistics
Fresh Summit set to be biggest ever
The 2016 Fresh Summit expo will be its largest ever, with more than 1,100 exhibitors over 300,000 square feet, says America’s Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA).
Together with the Fresh Summit convention, the expo runs October 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and presents the best innovations from the fresh produce and floral sectors. Fresh product and business ideas will be found at every turn, promises the PMA.
PMA Fresh Summit runs October 14-16 in Florida
More than 20,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 60 countries are expected at the biggest ever PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo, being held October 14-16 in Florida.
Once again, this seminal event offers the opportunity to meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the fresh produce and floral supply chains, as well as to discover how today’s bright ideas are poised to reshape tomorrow’s produce and floral landscape.
PMA Fresh Summit to run October 14-16 in Florida
More than 18,500 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 60 countries are expected at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, being held October 14-16 in Florida.
Once again, this seminal event offers the opportunity to meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the fresh produce supply chain, as well as to discover how today’s bright ideas are poised to reshape tomorrow’s produce and floral landscape.
USDA awards $20 million in citrus greening research grants
Wonderful Citrus plans to ship more Mexican lime, Texas grapefruit to Europe
Wonderful Citrus has regular shipments to Europe of three citrus varieties:
- Mexican limes,
- Texas deep red grapefruit. and
- California minneola tangelos.
“We are the largest grower of minneolas in California and we have been supplying the Dutch market for nearly 10 years,” said Scott Owens, VP sales and marketing.
Most minneolas are consumed in Holland rather than being re-exported.