Local citrus, cattle industries holding own against pandemic

The two big agricultural industries on the Treasure Coast, citrus and cattle, have so far weathered the impact of COVID-19, even as cattle prices plunged in March and April and as growers and packers are on guard for the pandemic’s affect once the citrus season resumes in October, industry participants said.
Jul. 7, 2020|

What’s in your salad?

Farm focuses on supplying hydroponic vegetables
Apr. 29, 2020|

Farm focuses on alternative-protein plant

In the open farmland rolling west of the town of Fellsmere, Parabel USA, Inc. is waging a food revolution. There, on an aqua farm, the company grows a potential solution to a zero-footprint food source. Water lentils are sprouting and growing in acres of fertile, large-scale hydroponic ponds.
Feb. 4, 2020|

The Pongamia Prospect

Tree from India may breathe new life into Florida’s “ghost groves”
Feb. 4, 2020|

Once king, agriculture making comeback on Treasure Coast

Agriculture has been a prime driver for the Treasure Coast economy for most of its modern history. More than a century ago, pineapples were the top crop. Pineapples were eventually replaced by other crops, particularly citrus, which along with cattle ranching continued to dominate the economic landscape until air conditioning and interstate highways helped boost tourism and industries tied to exponential population growth, including home construction.
Feb. 4, 2020|

Publix donates $100,000 for Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative

FORT PIERCE – Treasure Coast Food Bank and Publix Super Markets Charities have announced a gift of $100,000 to the food bank to support its Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.

The Collaborative, anchored at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s former distribution center, will provide millions of additional pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce for families and individuals […]

Sep. 27, 2016|

New initiative receives $1.5 million investment

FORT PIERCE –  Treasure Coast Food Bank recently received a $1.5 million gift from philanthropist Bill Lichtenberger that will benefit the organization’s new initiative, the Florida Agriculture & Nourishment Collaborative.

The Collaborative is scheduled to open early 2017. It will be anchored at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s former distribution center in northern St. Lucie County […]

Aug. 22, 2016|

Research may give new hope to avocado production

Cristina Pisaniexamines an avocado tree that succumbed to the laurel wilt pathogen in the USDA field adjacent to the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce. Photo by Robin Koestoyo.


By Robin Koestoyo (University of Florida News Office)

FORT PIERCE – Findings from new University of Florida research may lead growers to produce […]

Apr. 25, 2016|