Identifying and Controlling Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle

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A pest has been ravishing through Alabama causing devastation on several farms. Extension entomologist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Ayanava Majumdar, says although yellowmargined leaf beetle is not a new pest, it has made a comeback. Yellowmargined leaf beetles are invasive pests hailing from South America. They entered the United States in the 1940s. Now, Majumdar says he still …

Labor Relations Forum Aims to Assist Growers

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The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation is hosting its 43rd annual Labor Relations Forum. According to Mike Carlton, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) labor relations director, the forum was originally created to help growers comply with labor regulations, and 43 years later, the forum still has the same goal in mind. Growers and contractors must comply with a myriad of …

Secretary Perdue Returns Home for Rural Prosperity Meeting

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On Friday, August 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue returned to his home state of Georgia to hold an Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force meeting. The task force was formed by an executive order from President Trump in April with Secretary Perdue serving as chairman. According to Trump’s executive order, the task force was created to, “promote economic …

August Brings Pecan Pressures

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August is a busy month for pecan trees. Lenny Wells, associate professor of horticulture and pecan specialist at the University of Georgia, says pecan trees go through many changes and face a lot of stress in August. During this time of year, water demand is at its peak, so growers need to make sure they are irrigating well. Pest pressure …

NIFA Invests $35 Million in Specialty Crop Research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Specialty crops generally fetch high value for the farmers, but require more intensive …

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Laurel Wilt Scouting Recommendations

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Laurel wilt has proven to be deadly to avocado trees. This fungus is spread by a nonnative insect, the redbay ambrosia beetle. Once infected, the fungus can spread to other trees through roots and improper sanitation. Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, says because the disease moves quickly, identifying its symptoms in the grove …

Trump Threatens to Pull Out of NAFTA

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During a rally in Arizona on Tuesday, President Trump said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will “probably” be terminated at some point. This comment comes after one week of renegotiation talks between trade representatives for the United States, Canada and Mexico. “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage …

Farm Labor Contractors Help Make H-2A Affordable

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With the fear of a domestic labor shortage of agricultural workers in the United States, many growers are turning to H-2A for a guaranteed labor supply. H-2A is a guest-worker program that brings employees from other countries to agricultural worksites in the United States. The downside of this program, however, is the cost. Fritz Roka, associate professor of agriculture economics …