Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Industries Collide at the General Session

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts, VSC Expo

By Ashley Robinson AgNet Media Inc. is excited to bring the citrus, vegetable and specialty crop industries together for our second annual general session. We invite all growers to attend the general session, where we will kick off the Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo (VSC Expo), being held in conjunction with the 28th annual Citrus Expo. Topics of broad interest, …

Florida Tomato Exchange: Mexican Growers Should Not Prejudge Antidumping Investigation

Abbey Taylor Florida, Industry News Release, Tomatoes

The allegation by Mexican tomato growers that Florida politicians are pressuring the Commerce Department to “prejudge” the antidumping investigation of Mexican tomatoes is a fabrication and a clear example of “the pot calling the kettle black.” In a press release last week, the Mexican growers announced that their recently submitted data to the Commerce Department confirms they are not dumping …

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Ranch Rim Ditches Debated at South Florida Water Management Meeting

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Lake Okeechobee, Water

Thanks to south Florida ag news colleague Katrina Elskin at Lake Okeechobee News for this recap of this week’s South Florida Water Management District Governing Board meeting in West Palm Beach. WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop …

UF Program Aims to Build Better Peppers

Abbey Taylor Florida, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Desirable pepper qualities for consumers include taste, color and spice. And for growers, that list includes nematode resistance. Bala “Saba” Rathinasabapathi, professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, is breeding seeds to give consumers the best peppers possible. His lab takes an angle toward quality improvement and working with …

Fusarium Wilt Management in Watermelons

Karla Arboleda Florida, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda Watermelons this season have suffered through the hot weather, and researchers in Jackson County, Florida, have been seeing mixed results with fusarium wilt management. Josh Freeman, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences associate professor of horticultural sciences, works on how to deal with the watermelon disease. “It’s really the primary soilborne disease that growers …

2019 Legislative Sessions Wrap-Up

Abbey Taylor Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

The 2019 legislative sessions in Florida, Georgia and Alabama have officially ended. Each year, agriculture advocates from all three states work tirelessly to fight for their industry. This article serves as a summary of how agriculture fared in the Florida, Georgia and Alabama sessions. Florida: Some Success, but More Work to Be Done By Adam Basford Going into the 2019 …