Center for Viticultural Sciences
The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
Advances in both veterinary medicine technology and technique are the fuel firing the increased demand for well-trained individuals to work as veterinary technologists.
Specialty Crop Project
The Specialty Crop Project is a two year project funded by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The project focuses on evaluating specialty crop enterprises that can enhance farm profits and marketing success for small-scale specialty crop producers, and allows for the development of new market outlets for small-scale farm operations by strengthening the links between producers and consumers.
The project utilizes on-station and on-farm demonstrations to evaluate production capabilities for small-scale, specialty crop producers, including:
- variety selection
- production and harvesting practices
- production scheduling
- irrigation and water management
- post-harvest handling
- value-added processing
Marketing and distribution demonstrations are conducted to evaluate economic feasibility and cost-effectiveness of facilitating these market outlets.
The project utilizes group training and outreach seminars, as well as web-based and exportable training information and materials.
Marketing Alternatives for Specialty Crop Producers