GAINESVILLE—Devaluation of the peso by the Mexican government is to blame for trade disadvantages that have hurt Florida’s vegetable growers for the past two years, according to University of Florida research.
Monetary policies set forth by Mexico’s Zedillo administration not only have caused U.S growers to lose money, but “artificial inflation” of the peso also has hurt Mexicans by reducing the spending power of the country’s lower classes, said Professor John Van Sickle, an agricultural economist at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Department of 4-H and Other Youth Programs will formally accept a donation of land from a Daytona Beach company at a celebration set for Oct. 28 near Lake Placid.
The Consolidated Tomoka Land Co. will officially transfer to the UF Foundation a deed for 24 acres of property earmarked for the Camp Cloverleaf 4-H Center. The public is invited to the ceremony from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—For the sixth consecutive year, the market value of Florida’s citrus lands has declined, according to a recent statewide survey conducted at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Results of the annual Florida Land Value Survey by UF/IFAS’ Department of Food and Resource Economics show that in the past year, overall agricultural land values declined in the state’s southern regions, while they increased in northern areas. Agricultural land values have declined each year since 1990 in southern regions, but have increased since 1992 in the Northwest and since 1993 in the Northeast. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Cooperative Extension Service has joined forces with the Alachua County Affordable Housing Coalition to offer a series of workshops, “Up the Organization.”
The four-part workshops series, which begins Sept. 24 and continues with sessions on Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will help non-profit community organizations increase their productivity through better organization and leadership skill development, said Elizabeth Bolton, a professor of home economics at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Florida’s next cash crop could come straight out of the wilds of South Florida, where the common saw palmetto grows. Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences say the plant’s berries some day could even rank among the state’s top agricultural commodities.
Sounds bizarre, perhaps, for a bush that ranchers and developers have been cursing for years. But Europeans are buying the berries by the ton for an herbal prostate remedy, and the U.S. market is poised for expansion. (more …)