More Pomegranates in Florida and FCA Best Place to Work

More Pomegranates in Florida and FCA Best Place to Work

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

**Pomegranates are sweet, juicy, full of nutrients, including antioxidants, and someday could grow abundantly in Florida.

University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, Zhanao Deng, who calls pomegranates a ‘superfood, is trying to breed and grow more pomegranates in Florida.

He tells this would count as a re-emergence of pomegranates that originated in Florida about 125 years ago.

About 90% of U.S. pomegranates grow in California.

**Not only do honeybees pollinate almond trees, but a component of almond nectar and pollen proves beneficial to bee health.

USDA scientists says the compound amygdalin can reduce viruses and parasites that threaten honeybee health. Bees consume the natural compound during almond pollination season.

A separate USDA study tracks importation of hundreds of thousands of bee colonies into California for pollination.

**The Farm Credit Administration had the highest score in the “COVID Overall” category across all federal agencies in the 2020 rankings for Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

The rankings, released Wednesday, included 71 agencies.

The COVID Overall category, measures the extent to which employees feel their organization supported their mental and physical well-being during the pandemic, provided needed resources, had leaders who communicated effectively and prioritized their welfare, and successfully delivered on their mission.

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