FFVA President Discusses State of the Industry

Abbey 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 tough few years.” “We need …

Aphid Control Advice

Abbey 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 or may not have wings. …

Florida First Detectors Help ID Invasive Plant Pests Before They Spread

Abbey 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 First Detectors program, which teaches …

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 coordinator for Dawson County and …

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 a good start to the …

Subscribe to Vegetable and Specialty Crop News in Print!

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Top Posts

(AgNet Media, Inc., Gainesville, November 14, 2017) — Over the past year, vegetable and specialty crop growers in the Southeast have come to rely on the VSCNews website and weekly e-newsletter for the news and research updates they need. Soon, growers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama will have another source for this valuable information. Due to the popularity of the …

High-Tech Ag Applications on Your Horizon

Abbey Taylor Technology, Top Posts

By Kevin M. Folta An explosion of technology has changed virtually every aspect of the human experience since the turn of the millennium. While innovations are conspicuous in communication, transportation and medicine, technological tentacles have been slower to creep into agriculture. However, over the last five years, there has been a tremendous upsurge in how science and engineering merged with …

Reps. Austin Scott, Neal Dunn Press for Anti-Dumping Provisions in NAFTA

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, NAFTA, Top Posts

In recent months, Representatives Austin Scott (GA-08) and Neal Dunn (FL-02) have led bipartisan pushes urging the Trump Administration to prioritize anti-dumping policies in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation and support remedies for Georgia, Florida and other regions of the country whose seasonal and perishable commodities have been hurt by unfair trade. Earlier this year, Reps. Scott …