UF Flavor Breeding and Ag Fairs Rescue Act

UF Flavor Breeding and Ag Fairs Rescue Act

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**New University of Florida research shows artificial intelligence can help scientists breed more flavor into fruit.

According to www.morningagclips.com, consumer panels are typically used by UF researchers to gauge whether new fruit varieties taste good enough to keep developing them, but in the world of AI, a computer can now tell scientists what strawberries taste and smell like.

UF associate horticulture professor, Vance Whitaker uses an algorithm that gives him the ability to predict how a strawberry will taste, based on the chemical constitution of its fruit.


**Swelling beef demand is fueling a rally in wholesale beef prices that pulled negotiated cash cattle prices $3 to $5 per cwt. higher.

www.agweb.com reports, the reopening of restaurant and foodservice establishments across America is driving beef demand to pre-pandemic levels and beyond, spiking wholesale beef prices $20 per cwt. higher last week, and more than $34 higher over two weeks.

April wholesale beef demand could be at 30-year highs.


**The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, a bill to help preserve fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses experienced due to COVID-19, was reintroduced last week.

Representatives Dan Newhouse, of Washington, Jimmy Panetta and Mike Levin, of California, and Billy Long, of Missouri, are sponsoring the measure.

The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act authorizes $500 million for fairs, administered by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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