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Town Hall ‘Live Stream’ to Discuss Florida Agriculture During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dan Cooper Berries, Business, Citrus, Corn, Cucurbits, Environment, Exports/Imports, Feature, Florida, Food Safety, Fruit, Grains, Grapes, Hemp, Hops, Horticulture, Labor, Leafy Vegetables, Legislative, Mangos, Mushrooms, Nuts, Olives, Onion, Organic, Peaches, Pomegranates, potato, Produce, Seeds, Stone Fruit, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Watermelon, Wheat

As a service to Florida farmers and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, AgNet Media will “live stream” the Florida Agricultural Town Hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020, featuring Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on its three websites servicing Florida: Southeast AgNet.com, VSC News.com, and Citrus Industry.net. AgNet …

COVID-19 Response: One Person Plants Food Gardens; Floridians Get Useful data From UF/IFAS, FAMU Extension

Clint Thompson Florida, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 813-757-2224 (office); 352-875-2641 (cell); bradbuck@ufl.edu COVID-19 may take jobs away from people, but it can’t take away Tanya Murillo’s resilient spirit and her desire to grow vegetables in her yard. Murillo’s employer closed March 13 because of the coronavirus. She went home where eight people live. No self-pity for Murillo. Everyone in her household needed something to …

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Farmers and Other Essential Food Production Workers will Carry Permission Letters during COVID-19 Shutdown

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Sugar

(U.S. Sugar) — All U.S. Sugar employees and suppliers who have been deemed essential to the nation’s food supply and national security will begin carrying authorization letters to inform authorities that they are approved to be out of their homes and working. “Our farmers, workers and other essential food production vendors will continue working around the clock to keep safe, …

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Late Blight Disease Discovered at UF Research Farm

Clint Thompson Florida, potato, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Potato and tomato producers in Florida need to be wary of the discovery of Pytophthroa infestans, the causual agent for potato and tomato late blight. Gary England, RSA/Director for the Hastings Ag Extension Center in Hastings, Florida, confirmed that samples collected from the Extension Center site tested positive. He scouted the rest of the affected portion of …

Farmers, Other Essential Food Production Workers Will Carry Permission Letters During COVID-19 Shutdown

Clint Thompson Florida, Sugar

Contact: Judy Clayton Sanchez 863-902-2210 Clewiston, FL – Today, all U.S. Sugar employees and suppliers who have been deemed essential to the nation’s food supply and national security will begin carrying authorization letters to inform authorities that they are approved to be out of their homes and working. “Our farmers, workers and other essential food production vendors will continue working …

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Florida’s Tomato Industry Crippled by Pandemic

Clint Thompson Florida, Tomatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson With restaurants closed across the country due to coronavirus pandemic, little, if any, of Florida’s tomato crop is being harvested right now. Bob Spencer, President of West Coast Tomato in Palmetto, Florida, said his company farms between 3,500 and 4,000 acres every year but estimates that he’s losing 90% of his business right now. Since about 70% …

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Florida Produce Farmer: Eventually, Food Could Become Scarce

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Florida fruit and vegetable farmers are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, and one producer is pleading with the U.S. government to intercede. Due to the virus’ spread over the last three weeks, restaurants everywhere have been forced to close their doors. This reduces the amount of produce that is sold throughout the country. For producers in …

Florida Grower: Peaches Not Fazed by Warm Temperatures

Tacy Callies Florida, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Florida peaches are in production earlier than normal this year, and the high temperatures in March are a big reason why, says David Wheeler, peach grower in Lake Placid, Florida. “We are picking earlier and picking volumes earlier than we normally would because of the warm temperatures,” Wheeler said. “Quality’s excellent. Size might be a little smaller. …