Georgia Growers Informed on Labor Regulations

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts

In order to keep Georgia growers up-to-date about important labor regulations and issues, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) held the annual Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum. The event was held at the University of Georgia's Tifton campus on Nov. 7–8 and had more than 100 people in attendance. Charles Hall, executive director…

Fruit and Vegetable Production Featured at Annual Conference in Clanton

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

The state’s horticulture producers picked up on fresh industry insights during the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 16-17. Over 200 farmers and industry leaders attended the meeting, where workshop topics covered food safety, marketing, insect management, labor, peach production and more. AFVGA Executive Director Mac…

A Sweeter Start to the Strawberry Season

Jaci Schreckengost Strawberry, Top Posts

Florida Beauty is a new and unique strawberry variety for growers. It was bred with characteristics to help Florida growers stand out in the market. Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding program at the University of Florida, said Florida Beauty is the first day-neutral variety that has been released by the…

FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

Mike Stuart, president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA), recently participated in a panel discussion on the state of the industry at the Florida Ag Expo. AgNet Media’s Abbey Taylor caught up with him after the discussion. Stuart said he hopes Florida growers will have a good season after what he called, “a…

Aphid Control Advice

Abigail Taylor Pests, Top Posts

Aphids have been a challenge for vegetable growers in the Southeast. According to Ayanava Majumdar, Auburn University Extension entomologist, it does not matter whether a grower produces fall or summer vegetables, aphids are a non-stop issue. Aphids are small insects, measuring approximately 1 to 2 millimeters long. They are shaped like tear drops and may…

Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Pests, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida has the most invasive species of any state in the country, and half of the insects, reptiles, arachnids and crustaceans imported into the United States come through Florida ports, University of Florida experts say. So, UF/IFAS has teamed up with government agencies to create the Florida…

2017 Georgia Wine Grape Harvest Wrap-Up

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

Wine grape growers and researchers in north Georgia gathered on Nov. 1 to discuss the 2017 season and harvest. Kaya Vineyard and Winery, in Dahlonega, Georgia, was the host of the roundtable discussion. The conversation included growers, researchers and other industry professionals talking about the harvest season and results. Clark MacAllister, University of Georgia's Extension…

Vidalia Onion Season Outlook

Jaci Schreckengost Onion, Top Posts

With the transplanting of Vidalia onions quickly approaching, industry leaders are looking at the goals and possibilities for the season. Cliff Riner, coordinator of the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, spoke with AgNet Media's Josh McGill at the recent 2017 Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit in New Orleans. Riner discussed the importance of getting…