Growing Magazine - December, 2013


Look What's Growing!

Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference is scheduled for January 9-12, 2014, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Ga. The event is the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors and suppliers.

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Peaches Catch on as Growers Look for Alternatives

Florida orange growers whose groves have been stung by disease and pests are turning to peaches to diversify, sowing seeds of what could become Florida's next big crop. "In three or four years, you could see growers plant hundreds or a thousand acres per year," said Dan Sleep, a state agriculture department senior market analyst.

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Blight That Caused Irish Famine Destroying California Tomatoes

Strains of the disease that caused the Great Famine in Ireland have been traced to tomato crops in the Salinas Valley in California, researchers have found. "It's still a problem today," said Frank Martin, a Salinas native and plant pathologist at the USDA. "It hasn't gone away."

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USDA Announces Community Food Project Awards

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Community Food Project awards. These awards support organizations using local food to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in low-income communities.

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