Florida Farmer: Administration Needs to be Real Careful with Upcoming Hearings

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade

Paul Allen, president of R.C. Hatton Farms in Belle Glade, Florida and chairman of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, believes the outcome of the upcoming virtual hearings about unfair trade practices with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office could have significant ramifications come November. “This administration better realize that the American people are very well aware of this Florida deal. …

Bringing Technology to Specialty Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

United States Department of Agriculture Posted by Greg Astill, Markets and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service and Suzanne Thornsbury, Senior Advisor for Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science Advances in technology, automation, and remote sensing is a cross-cutting, macro movement in science impacting agriculture outlined in the USDA Science Blueprint (PDF, …

Cowpea Curculio Troubling for Alabama Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

A tiny insect continues to take a bite out of the southern pea crop in Alabama. Ayanava Majumdar, an Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, believes insecticide resistance is a huge issue in why farmers in Alabama and Georgia cannot get a handle on cowpea curculio. “I think many people just don’t believe that resistance is an issue …

Georgia Farmer: What’s Right is to Help Support Us

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade

Tifton, Georgia farmer Bill Brim is ready to voice his concerns about unfair trade practices during one of the two virtual hearings scheduled for Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. The hearings will provide the U.S. Department of Commerce and Trump Administration an opportunity to hear from seasonal produce growers in Georgia and Florida on …

Howler Fungicide Provides Vegetable Growers with Multiple Modes of Action

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Cucurbits, Florida, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Howler fungicide from AgBiome Innovations is a product that harnesses the power of the plant microbiome to create a fungicide with multiple modes of action. It provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soilborne and foliar diseases and does the job for a number of specialty crops. For Florida and South Georgia growers specifically, it’s great for strawberries, …

Flavorful Fruit Yields Sweet Results for Melon Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Watermelon

Southeast watermelon growers delivered a flavorful crop this year that yielded a sweet price at the market, said Mark Arney, executive director of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  “We’re happy, we’re happy for the guys. Obviously, the guys that didn’t have a crop, it doesn’t matter how hot the market is, they’re not going to make money. We feel terrible …