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PACA Information Related to COVID-19 Impacts

Dan Cooper Uncategorized

(USDA/AMS) — Q.        I have been contacted by several customers that purchased produce from me requesting extensions to our payment terms or to make partial payments as a result of the economic turmoil relating to the COVID-19 emergency. I understand the predicament my customers are facing and am willing to try and help, but I am afraid I could jeopardize …

Seasonal Farm Trade Tensions Between the United States and Mexico

Tacy Callies Top Posts, Trade, Uncategorized

In spite of the good will generated after the United States and Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, there could be more tensions between the two countries surrounding produce. The Financial Post says Mexico responded to a letter from the top U.S. trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, pledging protectionist measures on seasonal farm trade for producers in the politically important states of …

Georgia Crop Insurance Program Expands; Deadlines Approaching

Karla Arboleda Agri-business, Legislative, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Growers in Georgia will soon be facing deadlines to secure their crop insurance. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) office in Valdosta, Georgia, is reminding growers of deadlines related to their crop insurance and new counties that have been added to the program. Davina Lee, USDA RMA regional office director, highlights important dates …

Dealing with Blueberry Diseases

Karla Arboleda Berries, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Blueberry growers in Georgia may have to manage new and unwanted effects on their fruit when dealing with diseases. Jonathan Oliver, the small fruit pathologist and Extension specialist at University of Georgia, discussed the best way to treat Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot of blueberry with lime sulfur. Applications of lime sulfur during the dormant period have …

Nematodes in Florida Hops

Karla Arboleda Hops, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Florida conditions can cause crops to have increased problems in comparison to other regions, and it’s no different for hops. Microscopic nematodes are common all over the world, specifically in vegetables. Across Florida, hops growers have found root-knot nematodes in their crops. Johan Desaeger, a nematode researcher at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural …

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Inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition

Dan Cooper Uncategorized

The Inaugural Florida Industrial Hemp Conference & Exhibition (FIHCE 2019) will be held November 3-5, 2019, at the Rosen Centre Hotel located in Orlando, Florida, USA. FIHCE 2019 is a networking and educational event designed to foster the development of an industrial hemp industry in Florida. Tentative conference topics include: • Hemp Market Forecast • Federal and State Regulations and …

University of Florida Aims to Improve Sweet Corn

Breanna Kendrick Corn, Research, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Breanna Kendrick There’s been a lot of advances in using genomics to help improve plant breeding. Most of the advances in corn have focused on field corn, but now researchers are aiming to improve sweet corn. Mark Settles, University of Florida (UF) horticultural sciences professor, and his team are working to find new traits for sweet corn growers and …

Palm Beach State College Receives $100,000 Donation from EAA Farming Businesses

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Uncategorized

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Today, Palm Beach State College (PBSC) received a nearly $100,000 donation from Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) business partners. Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida donated a $20,000 dump truck, Everglades Farm Equipment a $25,000 John Deere Stationary Power Unit, and Florida Crystals Corporation gifted a $50,000 tractor to be used to train students in the College’s Heavy Equipment …