Industry Reaction to U.S. Senate Approval of a Disaster-Aid Package

Abbey Taylor Industry News Release, Weather

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded Senate passage of a disaster supplemental that will provide much-needed funds to Florida’s Northwest communities, which were devastated by Hurricane Michael more than seven months ago. With Senate passage, Rubio urged the U.S. House of Representatives to swiftly approve the long overdue disaster-relief package, and send the measure to …

Be Aware of Heat-Related Illness

Alison DeLoach Top Posts, Weather

By Alison DeLoach Heat-related illness (HRI) is often overlooked and not taken as seriously as it should be. Agricultural workers can suffer from HRI and be hospitalized if they don’t take preventive measures. Thomas Bernard, a professor in the College of Health at the University of South Florida, spoke on HRI last October at the State of the Science meeting …

State Block Grants Needed for 2018 Hurricane Recovery

Abbey Taylor Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

The 2018 hurricanes cost several southeastern growers millions of dollars in lost production. Now, those growers are looking for federal dollars to help them recoup their losses from hurricanes like Florence and Michael. However, according to Robert Redding, an agricultural lobbyist in Washington, D.C., grants on the state level are imperative for vegetable and specialty crop growers. Redding believes growers …

Hurricane Recovery for Nurseries

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Nursery personnel have learned from past hurricanes that preparedness is essential to storm recovery. Thomas Yeager, professor in the environmental horticulture department at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), recently spoke about nursery recovery. He presented at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southeast Climate Hub and UF workshop called “Building Agricultural Resilience …

UF/IFAS Experts: Growers Ready for Freezes

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

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the next frost threatens Florida’s crops, growers will do their best to make sure your favorite foods are protected from the potentially crippling chill, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts. For example, citrus growers use wind machines and micro-sprinklers to ensure freezing temperatures don’t ruin the fruit, said Chris Oswalt, a …

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Storm Preparation and Recovery for Avocado Trees

Breanna Kendrick Avocado, Top Posts, Weather

By Breanna Kendrick Prior to a storm, it is recommended that avocado growers have a tree-size management program in place. The purpose is to ensure trees are not getting too tall or too wide. Trees that have been maintained at the proper size are easier to pick, easier to spray and are much more efficient economically and physically to harvest. …

Southeast Climate Hub Developing Hurricane Manual for Landowners

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

Southeastern agriculture is faced with many challenges, including hurricanes. Most recently, Hurricanes Irma, Florence and Michael have devastated sectors of southeastern agriculture. Steven McNulty, director of the Southeast U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hub, wants to help farmers prepare their land as best as they can before a storm hits. McNulty organized a recent meeting in Gainesville to gauge …