Reps. Austin Scott, Neal Dunn Press for Anti-Dumping Provisions in NAFTA

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, NAFTA, Top Posts

In recent months, Representatives Austin Scott (GA-08) and Neal Dunn (FL-02) have led bipartisan pushes urging the Trump Administration to prioritize anti-dumping policies in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and support remedies for Georgia, Florida and other regions of the country whose seasonal and perishable commodities have been hurt by unfair trade. Earlier this year, Reps. Scott …

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Soilless Production Falls Under Organic Certification

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Industry News Release, Organic

By Brian German A group of proposals aimed at banning soilless production from being eligible for organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was recently voted down by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The decision came after several groups in the organic community participated in significant lobbying efforts urging the NOSB to reject organic certification for soilless …

Administration Announces Accelerated Completion of Herbert Hoover Dike

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Legislative, Top Posts, Water

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to accelerate the completion of repairs to Florida’s Herbert Hoover Dike. The Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee and provides flood protection to South Florida, was identified by the Army Corps in the early 2000s to be at high risk of failure …

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

Jaci Schreckengost Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

From marketing and weed management to cucurbits and environmental controls, the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) Conference and Trade Show is fertile ground for producer education. The annual convention is Nov. 16-17 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center in Clanton. Registration is $100 and closes Oct. 23 at tinyurl.com/afvga17. AFVGA Executive Director Mac Higginbotham called the …

Commissioner Putnam Estimates $180 Million in Fruit and Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Industry News Release, Top Posts, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has released an initial estimate on agriculture damage from Hurricane Irma. The estimate will serve as a baseline for policymakers as they create a disaster relief package for those impacted by the storm. Although these estimates are not final, they are a starting point. The document includes estimates on crop loss and cost of damages. …

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 16 in Ocala

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, NRCS, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: Renee Bodine, NRCS, Public Affairs Florida, Desk 352.338.9565. Gainesville, Fla. – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Marion County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2330 NE Jacksonville Road, North Hall Ocala, FL  34470. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from …

Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG) to distribute emergency relief grants of $500 to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in …

UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS network to recruit volunteers to …