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Labor Issues in the Specialty Crop Industry

Abbey Taylor Labor, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Zhengfei Guan Florida is a large supplier of fruits and vegetables in the United States. Major fruits and vegetables produced in Florida include citrus, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupes, watermelons, etc. The production and harvest of these crops are labor intensive. For example, University of Florida researchers estimate that harvesting 1 acre of oranges requires 50 hours. More than …

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Community Surrounds Ag During Algae Debate

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Water

The green algae debate continues to rage on as misinformation and pointed fingers keep leading to agriculture as the culprit of the toxicity in the water. However, members of the community in the Glades area have banded behind agriculture and would like to start a different conversation: a conversation about solutions. In the midst of the ongoing algae debate, it …

Florida Candidates Address Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

Farm Credit and Ag Communicators of Florida hosted a candidates’ forum on Oct. 4. Several candidates running for Florida offices in the upcoming general election shared their views with the agricultural community. AgNet Media’s Josh McGill attended the event and spoke with Lisa Lochridge, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association director of public affairs and board member of the Ag Communicators …

A Community Celebration for Upcoming Sugar Harvest

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

In the midst of an ongoing algae debate, it can be difficult to remember the community of people who live in the Glades area. These communities and families live and breathe agriculture. Below is a news release from Florida Crystals regarding the Pre-Harvest Celebration held this past Sunday. The account below shows the communal support for agriculture in that area. …

Perdue on Lack of Protection for Southeastern Specialty Crop Growers in USMCA

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Trade, USMCA

It was announced on Sept. 30 that the United States, Mexico and Canada reached a new deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The deal will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). NAFTA was a trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico that was made in 1994 under the Clinton administration. The idea for …

Political Event Falls Short on Facts

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

A recent southeast Florida algae rally drew a small crowd. By Gary Cooper U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Palm City) hosted a campaign event in Stuart on Sunday and visited other South Florida areas in recent days. He partnered with anti-farming group BullSugar.org and featured activist Erin Brockovich to help push his recently introduced Stop Harmful Discharges Act in Congress. The …

Has Farming Become a Political Whipping Boy?

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

By Gary Cooper Urban expansion is impacting agriculture throughout the Southeast. Florida appears to be the first state in this region to dramatically shift to a much more urban-thinking electorate. In light of this year’s primary elections, there are some points Florida agriculturists should be thinking about. I know many of you have been pondering some of this already, based …

Black Aphids Invade Georgia Pecans

Breanna Kendrick Pecan, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Black aphids are small black insects that feed on the leaves of pecan trees. The area where black aphids are feeding will turn yellow and become necrotic, killing the tissues surrounding the feeding area. Black aphids are most common later in the pecan season. Black aphids do have some populations early in the season, but are less of …