Florida Strawberries Face Devastation with No Protection from Unfair Trade

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Legislative, Strawberry, Top Posts, USMCA

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) fails to provide effective near-term relief measures for Southeast fruit and vegetable producers. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of fresh strawberries during the winter months; however, central Mexico’s strawberry production increased fivefold from 2000 to 2017. “This exponential increase presents a clear and present danger to the sustainability of the Florida strawberry …

Grower Reminder: Be on the Lookout for Blueberry Gall Midge

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Top Posts

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association sent out the following release: Time to Monitor for Blueberry Gall Midge Just a reminder to blueberry growers that it is time to monitor for the presence of adult blueberry gall midge on your farms. Adults are typically active beginning in November, with a peak in January and February in Central and South Central Florida, …


FFVA’s Stuart to Trade Commission: Florida Growers Still Suffering

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

Cheap Mexican imports ‘decimate’ U.S. prices and market share WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers in Florida will continue to go out of business if the U.S. government fails to provide critical trade relief to combat cheap Mexican produce imports flooding the market, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association CEO Mike Stuart told members of the International Trade Commission on Thursday. Stuart’s testimony …

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Grants

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The deadline to submit an application to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is Jan. 11, 2019. The grant, from the U.S. Department of …

Feast on Florida-Grown Foods This Thanksgiving

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Produce, Top Posts

As we sit down to dine during the annual Thanksgiving feast, it’s worth noting that much of what we eat comes from Florida farmers, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Better still, scientists with UF/IFAS try to see if they can breed and grow certain crops in Florida to help growers and consumers. When …


Family Farm Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Dan Cooper Industry News Release

  Lykes Bros., Inc. was honored for its environmental stewardship with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award on Oct. 18. Lykes Bros. has grown a 500-acre Brooksville farm to more than 610,000 acres in Florida and Texas. A leader in agribusiness for more than 100 years, Lykes Bros. Inc. fully invests in responsible stewardship on a diverse operation. …