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U-Pick Farms Feeling Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

Clint Thompson Agri-business, Alabama, Fruit, Strawberry, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Agribusinesses that offer U-pick farms are not immune to the devastating impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cassie Young and sister Allie Logan own Backyard Orchards in Eufaula, Alabama. Backyard Orchards has closed the U-pick part of its operation but continues to sell strawberries via social media, mainly Facebook. It also has a store with a commercial …

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association Connecting Farmers With Consumers

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) wants to help farmers sell their crops while provide consumers with options on where to buy fresh, local produce. In doing so, consumers will support an industry that’s been decimated amid the coronavirus pandemic. Farmers and farming operations are asked to email information@ffva.com as soon as possible with the following …

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FDACS Agricultural and Seafood Availability Notice

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(HCCGA) — FDACS has created the attached form for producers to fill out with their product availability. Once submitted, FDACS will utilize to forward to their Fresh From Florida contacts, as well as the Florida Department of Corrections, food banks and make connections with other State Departments of Agriculture in hopes of providing market opportunities to move product during the Coronavirus …

Florida Farmer: We’ve Left About 5 Million Pounds of Cabbage in the Field

Clint Thompson Florida, Fruit, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson One of the largest produce farmers in the Southeast has already lost quite a bit of his spring crop and fears what the future might hold amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve left about 2 million pounds of green beans already (in the field) and about 5 million pounds of cabbage,” said Paul Allen, president of R.C. …

Asian Vegetable Crop Interest Increasing in Florida

Ashley Robinson Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Mary Dixon, Yanlin Wang and Guodong Liu At the 2019 Florida Ag Expo, visitors gathered at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) for a trade show and field tour. Students and faculty from the University of Florida (UF) set up an Asian vegetable display that was visited by approximately 75 growers, educators, students and Extensions agents. Visitors …

United Fresh Start Foundation Starts COVID-19 Donation Program to Help Kids and Familes

Clint Thompson Agri-business, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

Contact: Mary Coppola mcoppola@unitedfresh.org 202-303-3425 WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Fresh Start Foundation is offering a new grant program — COVID-19 Rapid Response FRESH Grants — to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families in need, while also creating opportunities for foodservice distributors who face the loss …

Here’s Some Tips on Handling COVID-19 on Produce Farms and in Packinghouses

Clint Thompson Food Safety, Fruit, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Laurel Dunn (UGA CAES News) While there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is a food safety concern, it is a worker health concern as it spreads via close person-to-person contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces. Food does not appear to be a likely cause of COVID-19 transmission, but many of the same practices used to prevent …

Fruits and Vegetables Next Stop on AFF’s Virtual Field Trip

Clint Thompson Alabama, Fruit, Strawberry, Top Posts, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson Children quarantined at home because of the coronavirus pandemic have a unique opportunity to learn about fruits and vegetables via social media. Alabama farmers, including Allie Logan and sister Cassie Young, will teach about fruits and vegetables as part of an ongoing virtual field trip offered through the Alabama Farmers Federation Facebook page, on Friday, April 10. …