VSC Expo Registration Opens June 1

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo

AgNet Media is excited to introduce a new industry event: Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo (VSC Expo). Held in conjunction with the Citrus Expo, which is now in its 28th year, VSC Expo is set to be an event that growers won’t want to miss. Last year, AgNet Media incorporated vegetable and specialty crop seminars into Citrus Expo. After receiving …

Fighting for Florida Ag in D.C.

Abbey Taylor Florida, Legislative, Top Posts

Each year, Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) gives its members the unique opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Florida agriculture to their legislators. Farmers and ranchers from throughout the state attended the Field to the Hill event last week along with FFB state staff. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor was able to tag along with the Farm Bureau members …

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Hemp Research: ‘A Lot of Different Moving Pieces’

Dan Cooper Florida, Hemp

An update on industrial hemp research in Florida filled most of the auditorium at the Everglades Research and Education Center near Belle Glade on May 16. Zack Brym, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences assistant professor from Homestead, reviewed the latest information and answered questions from those attending in person and via webinar. Brym reviewed the progress …

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Farm Leader Salutes Gov. DeSantis for Hurricane Recovery Loan Program

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick has expressed his appreciation for the decision by Gov. Ron DeSantis to authorize a major state loan program for farm families struggling with recovery from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael. “We thank Governor DeSantis for his bold leadership in initiating this program,” Hoblick said. “Six months after the storm crushed the region, …

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Enza Zaden Field Day Features Watermelons and More

Dan Cooper Florida, Fruit, Produce, Seeds, Tomatoes, Top Posts, Vegetables, Watermelon

Growers and seed distributors had a field day Tuesday at the Enza Zaden seed breeding and field trials facility near Myakka City, Florida. The main attraction was the watermelon trials that include new varieties being tested and introduced into the market. Other trials added great flavor to the day’s tour and discussions, with multiple plots for bell peppers, mature green …

Rep. Yoho Receives Golden Plow Award

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Golden Plow award on May 14. The award was presented to Yoho by AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Florida Farm Bureau (FFB) President John Hoblick in the AFBF headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Golden Plow award is the highest honor AFBF gives to current members of Congress who go …

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South Florida Water Managers Debate BMPs, Discuss New Regulations

Dan Cooper Florida, Lake Okeechobee, Top Posts, Water

by Gary Cooper In this new atmosphere of starting over from scratch with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) leadership, a growing number of people in agriculture are asking more often and more loudly, “What’s going on?” Agriculture appears to be under the microscope, some say more like under attack, as a fast-growing urban sector reacts to what they don’t …