New EDIS Postharvest Horticulture Publication
The first revision of the Handling Florida Vegetable Series, “Round and Roma Tomato Types” was just released by EDIS (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/VH079). This completely new bulletin was written by Steve Sargent, Jeff Brecht and Teresa Olczyk and features the latest information from our studies with these tomato types, describing in detail handling procedures from harvest through shipping to ensure the highest quality. Important topics covered include: varieties, harvest maturity, dump tank management, grading, gas room management, temperature management, and shipping.
2006 Tomato Packinghouse Managers Workshop
The Tomato Packinghouse Managers Workshop will be held on the afternoon of September 5 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples and the day before the Florida Tomato Institute. We will be presenting the latest research information from the past year related to sanitation and food safety. This will be the second time we have offered this event, which is co-sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Tomato Committee. Last year there were more than 40 participants representing over 70% of the Florida tomato acreage. Although the focus will be on fresh-market tomato, the information will be very useful for anyone involved in handling fresh produce. Click on the folling links for program information and the registration form: Program, Registration Form.
The registration fee will be waived for agents and specialists who notify me by August 30. Thanks for sending this out to those involved in harvest, packing and shipping operations.
-Steve Sargent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2006 Florida Tomato Institute Meeting
The 2006 Florida Tomato Institute Meeting will be held on September 6, 2006 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, FL. The Institute is being held in conjunction with the Florida Tomato Committee and Exchange meetings. The Institute is free; however, for registration information for the other meetings and for the hotel, participants need to contact Diana Hester at Diana@floridatomatoes.org Please click here for the program information.
Organic Farming Workshop and Field Day
The University of Florida-IFAS Center for Organic Agriculture and Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG) will hold a workshop and field day for organic producers on September 20, 2006 at the PSREU in Citra , FL from 9 till 4:30. This event will give producers and other agriculture professionals a firsthand look at current research and demonstration projects in the 17 acre certified organic unit, as well as attend several breakout sessions related to organic fruit and vegetable production. For more information and the program click here.
Direct link to BMP in Florida Vegetables & Agronomic Crops