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Storm Preparation and Recovery for Avocado Trees

Breanna Kendrick Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Prior to a storm, it is recommended that avocado growers have a tree-size management program in place. The purpose is to ensure trees are not getting too tall or too wide. Trees that have been maintained at the proper size are easier to pick, easier to spray and are much more efficient economically and physically to harvest. …

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A Florida Perspective on Agricultural Water Issues

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Rich Budell Vegetable and specialty crop producers in the Southeast face many challenges, including labor, disease, trade and weather. An additional — often underappreciated and complicated — issue involves management and protection of fresh water resources. Access to adequate quantities of fresh water during the growing season is critical to production success. Protecting downstream receiving waters from potential adverse …

Ag Angels: Making Christmas Merrier

Abbey Taylor Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Scott Kirouac walked into his grandson’s school some 11 years ago to check in for a Christmas program. A little girl walked in to turn in a note, and Kirouac couldn’t help but notice she was wearing a very dirty dress and duct-taped shoes that were too big. He shared with the staff how sad it was …

Florida Growers Angered with CDC, FDA E. coli Announcement

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, Vegetables

Most have probably seen in the news that there has been another E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce from any source until the origin of this outbreak is discovered. Florida growers are now going to suffer from a dried-up market, even though the tainted lettuce …

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FFVA Urges FDA to Find Source of Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Swiftly

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Vegetables

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are advising consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. No grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified. The FDA is conducting a traceback investigation, and the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association strongly …

Fried Attends Lunch Meeting with Ag Leaders

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

At a lunch meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, with representatives of many of the state’s agricultural organizations, Florida Agriculture Commissioner-Elect Nikki Fried told the group she plans to be a “champion for this industry” in her new role. Several major issues facing Florida agriculture were discussed during the lunch meeting, which was the first meeting of its kind with Fried since …

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Fried Excited to Serve Florida Agriculture

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts

After the recount madness that ended on Nov. 18, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Nikki Fried claimed victory to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture. Fried has quickly shifted her focus to the future as the commissioner-elect and is getting ready for a smooth transition. In an exclusive interview with AgNet Media’s Randall Weiseman, Fried talked about her campaign as well as …

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Florida Strawberries Face Devastation with No Protection from Unfair Trade

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Legislative, Strawberry, Top Posts, USMCA

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) fails to provide effective near-term relief measures for Southeast fruit and vegetable producers. Florida is the nation’s largest producer of fresh strawberries during the winter months; however, central Mexico’s strawberry production increased fivefold from 2000 to 2017. “This exponential increase presents a clear and present danger to the sustainability of the Florida strawberry …