More Produce Recalled from E. coli Outbreak

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Taylor Hillman More produce is coming off the shelf after the farm linked to the romaine E. coli outbreak was identified last week. The Federal Drug Administration pinpointed a Santa Maria, California, farming operation, Adam Bros. Farming, as one of the sources of romaine lettuce that contained a strain of E. coli bacteria that sickened people in October. The company is now …

UPDATED: E. coli Source Released

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Update on E. coli outbreak (Dec. 14): According to a release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the E. coli outbreak has been traced back to a single farm’s irrigation reservoir. The farm is located in Santa Barbara County, California. According to the FDA release, the farm has not shipped lettuce since Nov. 20 and is being cooperative with …


Lettuce Lessons – An AgNet Media Commentary

Dan Cooper Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Vegetables

Florida growers of romaine lettuce are losing millions of dollars at the start of their season, even though harvest dates should clear the Florida crop in the present recall. By Gary Cooper The E. coli romaine lettuce scare coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last Tuesday effectively shut down the movement of this lettuce variety throughout …

Florida Growers Angered with CDC, FDA E. coli Announcement

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Most have probably seen in the news that there has been another E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce from any source until the origin of this outbreak is discovered. Florida growers are now going to suffer from a dried-up market, even though the tainted lettuce …

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Putnam and the USDA Declare the Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is the second one during this …

Black Rot: Ongoing Threat for Georgia Cabbage Growers

Breanna Kendrick Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Cabbage is inflicted with numerous insect pests and plant diseases, but black rot has been the leading threat to the Georgia cabbage industry for years. Black rot is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Bhabesh Dutta, vegetable Extension pathologist at the University of Georgia, has been focusing his research on this disease. One reason for …

Fusarium Wilt Attacks EAA Lettuce

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Research, Top Posts, Vegetables

Lettuce is an extremely important crop in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), and now it is facing a new disease. Richard Raid, associate center director and professor of plant pathology at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), says he has been working in the EAA for 30 years and this is the first instance of fusarium to appear in …


Breeding Better Lettuce

Jaci Schreckengost Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

To help lettuce growers in Florida combat diseases, University of Florida (UF) researchers study and create new cultivars. German Sandoya, assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics at UF’s Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), says his goal is to create new cultivars to benefit growers. Often he works on romaine, iceberg and leaf lettuce varieties. While lettuce is his …