Rep. Jake Raburn Comments on NAFTA

Abbey Taylor NAFTA, Top Posts, Trade

Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently finished the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations in Ottawa. While the officials try to work something out that can benefit all three countries, U.S. specialty crop growers are anxiously waiting to see if they will be helped by the new agreement. Regarding U.S. agriculture, …

Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG) to distribute emergency relief grants of $500 to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in …

Georgia Weather, New Varieties Bring Diseases

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

Weather and new varieties are causing increasing disease issues for Georgia wine grapes and peaches. Phillip Brannen, professor and Extension plant pathologist for fruit at the University of Georgia, says researchers are working more on the wine grape crop due to the growth of the industry in Georgia, as well as in the southeastern United States overall. As the Georgia …

UF/IFAS Hosts Successful Fruit Grower Day

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

On September 28, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) held its 2017 Central Florida Fruit Grower Day in Tavares. The event featured talks from top UF/IFAS researchers as well as presentations about property appraisal and the policies growers need to know. The event started with a focus on blueberries in the morning, then switched to citrus …

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Pasco Extension Goes Above and Beyond for Hurricane Victims

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Frogmore Fresh Farms, located in Dade City, Florida, suffered damage due to Hurricane Irma. Once the storm passed, Leonard Park, general manager at Frogmore Fresh, realized nearly 100,000 blueberry trees had blown over. Whitney Elmore, Pasco County Extension director and urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida (UF), began making calls the day after the storm. When she got …

Florida Olive Pest Potential

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are studying the pest possibilities in Florida olive plants. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist at UF, says in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service her team is looking for signs of pests in Florida olive crops. Her team is currently examining four different olive crop plots once per month …

NRCS Offers Organic Initiatives for Growers

Abbey Taylor NRCS, Organic, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) is working to raise awareness about available programs for organic growers. Monica Jones, district conservationist covering Alachua, Bradford and Union counties in Florida, exhibited at the inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville on September 17–19 to do just that. Jones says NRCS has an initiative in the …

Growers Come Together at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) 74th Annual Convention took place this week from September 25-27. Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for FFVA, said the event went very well. Lochridge was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, given the even was following Hurricane Irma. “What we found was that people were ready to get away, come fellowship with each …