USDA Cites Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. in Florida for Failure to Pay for Produce and the Company Satisfies Terms of Consent Decision and Order

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WASHINGTON – In a complaint filed on Jan. 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleged that Felda Vegetable Farms Inc. (Felda Vegetable), of Felda, Fla. failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $232,347 to 6 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Subsequent to the complaint …

Expect Vidalia® Onions in Stores After April 12

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Thanks to a mild winter, Georgia Vidalia® onions will be available earlier to consumers than anticipated. The official pack date for the onions has been set to Wednesday, April 12, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, will be available in local grocery stores and farmers markets after that date. The early April …

Brussels Sprouts Not Best Bet for Georgia

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According to two University of Georgia researchers, Brussels sprout crops do not seem to be the best option for Georgia farmers. Justin Shealey, one of the researchers heading the study, says results were not positive after the second year of researching whether or not Brussels sprouts had a bright future as a Georgia crop. “There was a lot more excitement …

Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference This Weekend

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Andy LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), is gearing up for the 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference. This year’s conference is being held January 28–31 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is the conference’s second year working with Disney. The conference will provide attendees with a behind-the-scenes look at different approaches Disney takes …

Southeast Farmers Trying Non-Traditional Options

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It seems that more and more farming operations are transitioning out of row crops in the Southeast in search of new business within the agricultural industry. Specialty crops has been one of those highlighted areas that is rapidly gaining popularity. While at the Southeast regional fruit and Vegetable Conference, Jon Harris, with AgSouth Farm Credit, stated that, “As we’ve seen …

UF/IFAS Researchers Show Potential Market for Locally Grown Asian Vegetables

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GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 — Asian-Americans in three East Coast states, including Florida, yearn for more of their native vegetables, and those crops can be grown in the East, say two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers. Gene McAvoy, a UF/IFAS Extension vegetable specialist, and Shouan Zhang, a UF/IFAS plant pathology associate professor, were …

The Benefits of Growing Spinach in High Tunnels

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Florida growers utilizing protected culture, including high tunnels and open shade structures, have the ability to extend the in-ground season for spinach planting and harvesting times. According to an “Evaluation of Five Spinach Cultivars in Soilless Culture Under High Tunnel versus Open Shade Structures,” a research study funded from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block …