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Picking Varieties With Profit Potential

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Produce, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Gene McAvoy Choosing which variety to plant is one of the most critical decisions that a commercial grower must make each season. Variety selection is a dynamic process. In the past, some varieties retained favor for many years. More recently, with advances in plant breeding and the incorporation of new and improved traits for disease resistance and other horticultural …

Farmworker Safety During Unprecedented Times

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, General, Labor, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Amy Wolfe While the country finds itself navigating unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, growers across the Southeast have continued forging ahead in producing the safest possible food supply. That work has included a variety of challenges, including how best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the farm while considering the safety, health and well-being of the agricultural …

Alabama: A session unlike any other

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Alabama, General, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Alabama: A session unlike any other By Ashley Robinson Alabama lawmakers have never seen a legislative session like the one that took place this year. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced lawmakers to end Alabama’s 2020 legislative session early, causing several issues to fall by the wayside. Legislators took a nearly two-month break during the COVID-19 outbreak, returing to Montgomery on …

Florida: Funding and policy progress

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Environment, Florida, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Adam Basford On March 19, the Florida Legislature wrapped up the 2020 legislative session after a six-day extension caused by a delay in budget negotiations. Clearly, the COVID-19 outbreak has created significant uncertainty about Florida’s economy and there may be a need for the Legislature to meet again to revise the budget based on updated revenue forecasts. However, for …

Georgia: Ag bills still in play when session paused

Ashley Robinson Agri-business, Georgia, Hemp, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Will Bentley It’s a surreal moment in Georgia politics as two years of policy work hangs in the balance after lawmakers pressed the pause button on the 2020 legislative session due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before turning our full attention to working with state and federal leaders to navigate through the heath crisis, the Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) was …

N.C. State Economist: Second Quarter Should Be Horrible Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Clint Thompson Agri-business, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the U.S. economy and especially the American farmer. North Carolina State Extension Economist Mike Walden believes the country needs to do what it can to help those farmers rebound from the current recession. “We do need to worry about keeping our farmers afloat. Fortunately, in the stimulus …

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U-Pick Farms Feeling Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Clint Thompson Agri-business, Alabama, Fruit, Strawberry, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Agribusinesses that offer U-pick farms are not immune to the devastating impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cassie Young and sister Allie Logan own Backyard Orchards in Eufaula, Alabama. Backyard Orchards has closed the U-pick part of its operation but continues to sell strawberries via social media, mainly Facebook. It also has a store with a commercial …

United Fresh Start Foundation Starts COVID-19 Donation Program to Help Kids and Familes

Clint Thompson Agri-business, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Contact: Mary Coppola mcoppola@unitedfresh.org 202-303-3425 WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Fresh Start Foundation is offering a new grant program — COVID-19 Rapid Response FRESH Grants — to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families in need, while also creating opportunities for foodservice distributors who face the loss …