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Florida Growers Prepare for Freezing Temperatures

Abbey 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

Abbey 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

Abbey 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

Abbey 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…

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam on Vegetable Hurricane Damage

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Vegetables, Weather

The Florida Senate Agriculture Committee met Oct. 12 in Tallahassee to discuss hurricane damage. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave the opening remarks at the meeting, then held a press conference immediately afterward. In his comments, Putnam expressed his deep concern for all agricultural industries following Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Nate. In what…

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshop Set for Oct. 16 in Ocala

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

Contact: Renee Bodine, NRCS, Public Affairs Florida, Desk 352.338.9565. Gainesville, Fla. – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center in Marion County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 16, 10 a.m. Marion County Extension Auditorium, 2330 NE Jacksonville Road, North Hall Ocala, FL  34470. The event is free and open…