When Can Growers Expect to Receive Relief Funds?

Abigail Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Florida growers can now breathe a sigh of relief since disaster funding is coming their way. On Feb. 9, a relief package was passed to help the United States following the array of natural disasters in 2017, which included approximately $2.4 billion dollars specifically for U.S. agriculture. However, the big question on everyone’s mind is,…

Putnam on Disaster Funding for Florida Agriculture

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes more than $2.3 billion for agricultural assistance: “The passage of this spending bill is a critical first step to finally getting Florida’s farmers, ranchers and growers long-awaited and desperately needed…

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Florida Growers Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Florida is off to a cool start in 2018 as parts of the state anticipate freezing temperatures during the rest of the week. According to Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Florida growers are doing what they can to prepare for the cold. Lochridge says that Florida fruit…

Navigating Weather Conditions with Avocados

Abigail Taylor Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

Jonathan Crane, professor of horticulture and tropical fruit crop specialist, spoke at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in November about weather conditions that play a factor in growing avocados. Surprisingly, the biggest weather challenge for Florida avocados is freezing temperatures. However, Crane says that there is a wide range of cold-tolerant avocado varieties. He…

Policy and Weather Affect Georgia Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Labor, Top Posts, Weather

At the Produce Marketing Association's 2017 Fresh Summit, policies affecting Georgia growers and the effects of weather on their crops were key topics discussed. Bo Warren, from the Georgia Department of Agriculture's policy division, spoke with AgNet Media's Josh McGill at the summit in October. According to Warren, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and…

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abigail Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the…

Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, spoke about blueberry damage from Hurricane Irma at the Senate Agriculture Committee meeting Oct. 12 in Tallahassee. The meeting was among many as the Florida Legislature prepares for the 2018 legislative session. At the meeting, two sets of panels filled with Florida growers and cattlemen described…