Political Event Falls Short on Facts

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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…

Has Farming Become a Political Whipping Boy?

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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…

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

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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…

Black Aphids Invade Georgia Pecans

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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…

New NAFTA Leaves Unanswered Questions

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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…

Improving Mechanical Harvesting of Fresh-Market Blueberries

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By Fumiomi Takeda The growth of the blueberry industry in the past three decades has been remarkably robust. For the blueberry industry to remain competitive and sustainable, growers are seeking solutions to ever-increasing problems with labor shortages and rising labor costs for harvesting blueberries by hand. More growers are now using over-the-row (OTR) mechanical harvesters…

Mike Stuart Discusses FFVA Convention, Joyner and Hall of Fame

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The 75th Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) Convention took place this week at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, where AgNet Media’s Josh McGill caught up with outgoing FFVA President Mike Stuart. Stuart discussed record attendance at the convention, the announcement of his successor and his nomination into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Stuart said…