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…

Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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

Contact: David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG) to distribute emergency relief grants of $500 to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming…

Irma Storm Damage?

Josh McGill NRCS, Weather

Federal Program Provides Help Release from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) relieves imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical…

Southeastern Effects from Hurricane Irma

Jaci Schreckengost Top Posts, Weather

Many southeastern growers are facing unique circumstances due to Hurricane Irma in September. Florida Representative Rick Roth from Palm Beach County spoke about the hurricane with AgNet Media's Josh McGill at Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association's annual convention. He says the time following Hurricane Irma that consisted of no rainfall helped Palm Beach County dry…

Rep. Raburn Gives State of the Industry Address at FFVA Convention

Abbey Taylor Top Posts, Weather

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) kicked off its annual convention today in Amelia Island, Florida. Representative Jake Raburn gave a state of the industry address at the convention. He said the state of the industry is more about the state of Irma. Raburn has been assessing the damage and devastation to the industry…

Georgia Pecans Suffer Loss from Hurricane Irma

Abbey Taylor Pecan, Top Posts, Weather

After Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, it went over Georgia. Although it weakened to tropical storm status by the time it hit the state, its strong winds and tremendous rainfall harmed Georgia crops, such as pecans. Like citrus, Georgia pecan trees were inching toward harvest when Irma hit. Samantha McLeod, executive director of the Georgia…